The focus has changed
People used to go to drupa, order a new printing press (or whatever else was on their wish list), and the productivity gain would ensure economic success for the next few years. Technology was the business model, so to speak. Nowadays, things are not that simple. Exhibitors have reacted to this and are focusing on real applications. Entire workflows are acted out and so-called end-to-end solutions show what opportunities and options for differentiation this can open up.
In 2016, HP occupied an entire hall and, with a variety of applications, demonstrated where digital printing currently stands. And at Muller Martini
, too, different production scenarios were presented live under the trade fair motto of Finishing 4.0. I found the variable format production of softcover books particularly interesting – the machines were set up “on the fly” without manual intervention.
Then, during the Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019
, Muller Martini presented its new endsheet feeder to the public for the first time and demonstrated how the Vareo perfect binder/InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer duo can also be used to produce the highest quality hardcover book blocks industrially in runs of one.