Part one of the drupa I missed … packaging potential

Part one of the drupa I missed … packaging potential

It feels very strange to be missing drupa for the first time since the early 1980s but, just because physically I’m absent, doesn’t mean I’m not there in spirit and the mind is still busy ticking away and considering where the strongest influences will lie at this year’s event. So, even though I’m absent, it won’t stop me writing about it and using some guesswork in terms of the action. Were I asked to guess at a key area for ink-jet at this year’s drupa, I’d have gone with my gut instinct that I predicted a while back — and that it would be...

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Panel power at FESPA

Panel power at FESPA

At the time of writing, it’s a relatively indecent hour on a Saturday morning and I’m scratching together all the required bits and pieces to haul across to Cologne tomorrow for the forthcoming FESPA. The association and its exhibition certainly need no introduction from me so, instead, I’m going to trumpet a few paragraphs about my panel sessions this year and why I think they bring value to the proceedings. At the last event, in Munich, we made the decision that it would be more interesting for me to do my Mrs Moderator bit rather than...

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People power versus bank negativity

People power versus bank negativity

It is not easy to be objective when it is your own son over whose head hangs the Barclays Bank sword of Damocles. But while this financial organisation cared little that Output Magazine was teetering on the brink of closure, people power was doing its utmost to bridge the cashflow gap and make sure this enterprising resource could be maintained and allowed to grow. James’s full story is here and the response to his fund-raising efforts can be seen, complete with its rather appropriate #stoppress tag, here with updates, of course, on...

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Collapse of stout party

Collapse of stout party

I liken my recent disaster caused by a major BT ADSL issue to a situation when your knicker elastic snaps with no warning, and you are left stranded in the middle of nowhere trying to find a practical work-round, and failing. So it was that the recent abrupt diminished provision of broadband services to my premises also left me helpless and unable to move in any direction. And, ironically, it was the smallest of safety-pins in the jumbled sewing box of online connectivity that was alone in being able to help resume normal service. In my rural...

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Kill or cure

Kill or cure

I’m often tasked to pen the latest trends and situations going down in ink-jet technology, and this can cover a multitude of topics which normally bring peace and goodwill to readers and don’t start a chain of questions and, even, panic among my readers. However, in the past few weeks there have been rumours flying around regarding a proposed ban of Hg that comes under the RoHS II recast. Due to take effect from July 2016, the story goes that mercury arc lamps will no longer be permitted in digital printing devices and that alternatives, with...

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Barcelona beckons

Barcelona beckons

This is the week of my favourite ink-jet conference, crafted and organised by IMI Europe to contain a good selection of fascinating topics and interesting speakers. So I’ll soon be making my usual pilgrimage along the back-roads to Birmingham Airport, nipping through Schiphol and arriving in Barcelona where I’m planning to have a relaxing evening before diving head-first into a programme of chunky sessions. If I can settle myself comfortably in my usual corner of the conference room, I shall be tweeting regularly to keep followers up to date...

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