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The Future Of Barcodes

In a white paper recently released by Markem-Imaje, consideration is given to whether GS1-128 barcodes are on track to become the most adopted global standard for retail grocery and foodservice packaging.

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Océ Australia after 5 months of independence
By Colleen Bate

Just over five months ago Océ Australia made its debut as Canon Australia transitioned their professional printing business to a separate, dedicated Canon Group entity. Establishing a head office in Clayton, Melbourne, with offices around Australia and a network of dealers across New Zealand, customers still deal with the same team members who have the same suite of products and services, just now under the Océ brand.

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Plastics and the SGP program
By Colleen Bate

The use of plastics goes back to around a century ago but only gained interest after World War One when plastic proved to be a highly economical alternative to metal, wood and glass. Now as environmental concerns (particularly around the perils of plastic) have become prominent, recycling has become more important. And so it should. Virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

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HR Updates for the Wide Format Printing Industry from Printing Industries

• Unfair Dismissal & Adverse Action trends and protection
• When does a casual employee become permanent?
• Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll?

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Printing terminology explained

James Cryer took a playful wander through the terminological minefield that we walk through each day – unarmed and unharmed.

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Sublimation - The true cost and setting your prices for profit

When many sublimators look at the cost of making their products, they only consider how much they spend on ink, paper, substrate and shipping. This approach impacts their businesses negatively, as overhead and labour are not factored into the equation – and this is where the bulk of the real cost of production lies.

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Robots – Do they have a role to play in the future of the Printing Industry?
 
Epson has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that will expand the scope of automated production. Whilst initially focussed on manufacturing, do robots have a role to play in the Printing Industry?

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How Rock & Roll Impacted Wide Format Printing Forever

How did a Rock & Roll ‘Hall of Fame’ Inductee (twice over – no less) and the recipient of an OBE, Impact Wide Format Printing Forever.

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Two Sides Global Anti-greenwash Campaign: 278 leading companies remove misleading ‘go green’ claims

Two Sides, a global initiative to promote the sustainability of print and paper, reports a 61% success rate in removing misleading environmental claims made by some of the world’s biggest corporations as they seek to replace paper-based communications with lower cost electronic alternatives.

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Women in Signage

Written by Mel Forbes of the Granite Belt magazine

With the commercial print industry in our country having an annual celebration of the benefits that women have made to that side of the industry (Women in Print), we thought we would look at the wide format industry and put the spotlight on the journey a number of women in our industry have taken in their careers.

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Is UVgel and the Colorado 1640 a Latex killer?

The latest issue of Print 21 magazine carried a cover that said "Colorado 1640, Inkjet Game Changer, Latex killer makes all the right moves". A powerful statement that should have generated some serious concern within HP and other Latex ink manufacturers in addition to all the 40,000+ printers that have invested in Latex printers across the globe.

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Improving colour across suppliers
By Shoshana Burgett, Director of Corporate Strategy for X-Rite Pantone.

Colour is an integral part of every product we see and touch, and it elicits an emotional response. So, when a product fails to meet the intended colour on the shelf or in the showroom, consumers may step away from it.

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