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DigitalEdge News: October 4-17

(October 2017) posted on Wed Oct 18, 2017

Updates from PrintFactory, FESPA Mexico, SGIA, and more.

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Orbus Partners with Donco Recycling Solutions
October 4, 2017

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group has partnered with Donco Recycling Solutions to recycle a large quantity of cardboard cores leftover after dye sub printing. The company reports that 180,000 pounds of material have been recycled and repurposed into book covers, board games, and boxes since May, and that 77.3 percent of the company’s total waste has been recycled so far this year.


Canon Now Distributes Contex Scanners
October 4, 2017

Canon Solutions America has announced a distribution agreement with Contex, a developer of large-format imaging solutions. Canon’s Large Format Solutions division will now offer IQ Quattro scanners, which can be used alone or paired with most Canon wide-format printers.

Features include workgroup usage, cloud-enabled Rainforest 365 service, adjustable paper guides, Contex CleanScan CIS, and more.


PrintFactory White Paper Explores Cloud-Based Automation
October 5, 2017

PrintFactory has released a study entitled “Redefining wide-format workflows to realize revenue at every opportunity.” The report examines the benefits to adopting cloud-based automation and explores possible reasons why, according to InfoTrends, 92 percent of North American print shops still rely on touchpoint technologies.

The paper cites the five factors that influence the pace and extent of technology adoption according to The McKinsey Global Institute’s “A Future that Works”: technical feasibility, cost of developing and deploying solutions, labor market dynamics, economic benefits, and regulatory and social acceptance. The authors find it’s this last factor that often becomes a sticking point.

Additional takeaways (data based on InfoTrends/Keypoint Intelligence’s “North American Software Investment Outlook”):
• Printers are only spending $35,000 per year on software.
• Most printers have not increased their spending in IT or software over the past two years.
• 31 percent of respondents recognized “investment in automation software as the answer to their productivity and workflow challenges,” and 18 percent say they plan to be fully automated by 2019; however, in 2015, only 9 percent of commercial printers said their workflows were 100-percent automated, and this figure dropped to 8 percent in 2017.

The full white paper continues on to explore opportunities and advantages of adopting automation despite the short-term investment of time and money.