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Production Printing Presses: How Do You Compare Them?

Today we have many different print technologies available, including a variety of offset, electrophotographic, and inkjet presses from many different manufacturers using a variety of unique manufacturing and design techniques. Additionally, all of these at a minimum have a DFE which controls the file processing prior to print. They all have the potential to be used to produce commercial print, labels, packaging, and industrial printing. So how do you determine that the press you are using or about to purchase is up to the challenge? And how do you compare it to other similar and even different presses?

By David Zwang
Published: February 5, 2019

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David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies. He can be reached at david@zwang.com.

 

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By Chris Lynn on Feb 05, 2019

Am I right in understanding that the scoring of the attribute grades is the consensus of a group of expert opinions, rather than (say) colorimetric or resolution measurements by instrument? If so, perhaps 'Swarm AI' technology like this might be helpful: https://unanimous.ai/swarm-for-teams/
I'd be interested in any print industry examples of its use to improve PQ judgments - a notoriously subjective topic...

 

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