Digital printing presses may dominate the headlines, but drupa 2016 should be remembered as the data drupa.
Many people will want to label drupa 2016 the inkjet drupa, or the digital printing drupa, but they may want to reconsider. Drupa 2016 will be remembered as the show where data’s critical contribution to all aspects of print media production was fully realised. The new generation of high speed, data gobbling, digital presses confirms that digital printing technologies have finally come of age. But it’s not that simple.
Faster, ever faster
The twin engined Landa W10P digital nanographic press runs at 34,000 sheets per hour; the EFI Nozomi runs at 75 metres per minute. Clearly, as they evolve, digital technologies have the capacity to supplant most of their analogue counterparts. But without powerful software to keep data flowing as fast as these new beasts run, their speed is pointless.