Co-editor, Chairman of the Program Committee
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Media Technology and Graphic Arts
The scientific studies included in this volume provide an overview of current international research in the broad and diverse field of media and printing technology. The book contains the scientific and technical research contributions presented at the 35th International Research Conference of iarigai, the International Association of Research Organizations for the Information, Media and Graphic Arts Industries, held in Valencia, Spain, on September 7-10, 2008. The contributions, selected by a scientific board of international experts through a double-blind review process, present recent scientific work aiming at the advancement of printing and media technology and at a better understanding of the processes and changing conditions of the media industry.
We set the stage for the reviewed research reports by opening this volume with two specially invited contributions. The organization hosting the conference, AIDO, introduces the theme of environmental considerations in the printing industry with a case study on ecodesign management. The theme of special printing technologies is introduced through a paper by a young promising researcher, Ingo Reinhold, who won the award for the best student presentation at the Printing Future Days in 2007.
The printing and media industry faces great challenges as the world in which it operates rapidly changes. In the first section of this book we address questions of high strategic importance: environmental issues, industry restructuring, quality management, alternative content distribution methods and channels, as well as business considerations. In order to remain competitive, the industry must learn from the findings of independent researchers investigating threats and possibilities within these fields.
The second section is concerned with the printing processes and the materials used for printing. The included papers address productivity, printability, runnability, print quality, ink transfer as well as pigments, inks, coatings and substrates. In the third section, the focus is on new developments in special printing techniques and applications: security printing, printed electronics and enzyme printing. There are many exciting new developments in this field.
The final section of the current volume discusses color reproduction and color quality. The included papers report findings on high definition halftone printing, screening techniques, color management, testing and measuring methods, and many other highly topical issues.
Scientific and technical progress is mostly incremental and the results presented here are definitely advancing the frontiers of knowledge. You may find studies that will be of immediate use in your present activities or you may scan the content for future reference. In any case, they will certainly prove valuable both for researchers and practitioners in our field.
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