I think the quality of type from a well maintained machine and then proofs pulled by a well maintained and properly inked etc. press would rival that of photo typesetters of the day . . . but there was soooooo many variables that were eliminated by photo typesetters . . . and you didn't have to be a machinist to keep the modern ones running . . . it was the beginning of the end of the craft part of our industry . . .Ran one but only in college courses at RIT. First job out of school commercial shop I landed at had 3 of them. As I recall the quality of the type was terrible at least compared to computer typesetters they upgraded to shortly after I arrived. Will check out the video tonight. Thanks for the link cseas.
No stories about the last compositor . . . but I did witness the Detroit News changing to Photo typesetting in the 70's . . . when their confidence in the phototypesetters was high enough the composing room, which was on the second floor of their new building, had an outside wall removed and a debris bin moved into place beneath it . . . the guys taking the linotypes out just used sledge hammers and broke the Lino's into pieces and threw them into the dumpster below . . . it was a sad/happy day there.Anyone have any links to the stories about the last compositor at newspaper X Y or Z retiring? Those are a hoot (and sad, since the union sold out for sinecures rather than participating in the computer revolution and preserving their craft).
Although the autonomous car is not quite ready, a lights out print operation is something you can do right now if you have a comprehensive Print MIS (Management Information System). The advantages can put money on your bottom line. So what’s your next step? Link to Article