My name is Nivedita and I am an MBA student from Singapore. My current research project is on Printers and the Managed print services model of business. I would appreciate if you could spend 10 minute on this 12 question long survey. I genuinely hope you would help me out. Thanks. The link for the questionnaire is https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3CNXQ1hVfTLNyzX
What do you think will happen with offset printing?
Packaging is the last refuge?
Much of the work offset are disappearing with the Internet, information, newspapers, and the printing lenght are getting shorter
Regarding digital printing i don´t see a good future for tonner based machines, for me inkjet might be the future .
What is your opinion?
All the Best
I think printing will always be here, it is that we are going through an overcapacity because of the diverseness of technology that has brought it to our industry. We are at the cusp of a new era with high speed ink jet and revolutionary image transfer technology such as Nano Print develops. The future of printing plant is going to look more like on demand print. Customer will expect even quicker turn around and just in time print, to meet these demands printers are going to have to invest heavily in more in line automation from the time an order is submitted to finished product. You will see offset adapt with new presses coming out with integrated inkjet technology and inline industrial quality finishing modules that will be easily changed over and inserted or removed inline as needed. These will be hybrids that can easily handle both short and long run jobs won’t be the massive iron that you are familiar with today.
We pulled the plug on offset almost a year ago. For Aiea Copy Center, move has been positive. Our digital machines easily handled the volume with quicker turnarounds. It's great to send the order from the computer to one of our 9 digital printers and have the machine run while we move to the next job. The big move was moving NCR's to the copy machine. The only thing left was envelope printing. We jobbed the orders out for a year but have just installed a PSI Envelope Printer to bring the envelope orders back in-house (you can see a short video of the envelope printer on Aiea Copy's YouTube channel). . The removal of the offset equipment freed space to expand wide format printing capacity. For our situation, offset is dead.
Certainly packaging printing has the most miles left however I don't think we are too many years away from digital press's being on manufacturing sites as part of the production line.
I work in the packaging sector right now, and most of what we print is UV varnished, foiled and embossed, diecut, window patched, then glued, I would love to know how all this is going to be tagged on the front of a production line??