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We hear plenty from manufacturers on where large-format inkjet technology is going. But are they putting R&D spend in the areas where you want to see development? Are there irritants that still need eradicating?

Your cat is smarter than AI. True. So should you ignore it? AI that is, not the cat! Walter Hale brings the subject into focus as we enter a new decade where it promises to dominate.

The manufacturers are in the starting blocks as we go into a bumper trade show year. As they jostle for position Simon Creasy asks ‘what large-format R+D is going to create the biggest impact in 2020?’

Textiles and environment - they are the two watchwords when it comes to key developments in digitally printable substrates. So have the manufacturers/distributors got the focus right?

…as to what’s happening on the digital inkjet inks front. Some of what Simon Creasy hears may surprise you…

Despite the rise of online personalised print offerings and oft quoted ‘run of one’ capability of digital inkjet, Web-to-print continues to be eschewed by a large swathe of large-format print companies. Is it only too obvious why that’s the case, or are you missing out?

Have you gone as far as you’re going to go when it comes to forking out on new finishing kit - or will the latest technical developments, kit bundles and financial incentives make you think again? 

With software companies creating products that are cheaper to buy and easier to use, Simon Creasy takes a look at how they can help your business.

There’s plenty of talk about artificial intelligence and how it’s going to impact life as we know it. But to many it’s still a nebulous concept. So what’s the situation when it comes to its deployment in the large-format print sector?

 People want to know if their promotional print spend is delivering. So is digital technology - and its integration with print - fulfilling that requirement? We asked PSPs for their comment…

Simon Creasy takes a post trade show look at the newest product launches for the digital inkjet print market.

What are manufacturers doing about roboticised machine handling, and will PSPs get a good ROI from their investment in more automation?

The Widthwise 2019 poll shows that when it comes to software investment, PSPs are channelling their spend towards design packages. So what’s waiting to grab your attention? Simon Creasey investigates.

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