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What does a printing press do?

A printing press is a machine that uses ink to transfer text and images to paper or other media. Newspapers, novels, pamphlets, and other literary works are printed on it. The printing press is one of the few innovations that has had such an enormous impact on history. People could print books and other documents quickly, cheaply, and in great quantities thanks to the printing press. It ushered forth a new era of communication.

We take printed documents for granted but consider what life would be like today if the printing press had never been invented. Books, magazines, and newspapers would not exist. There would be no posters, brochures, booklets, or mailers. We can swiftly and in vast numbers share large volumes of knowledge thanks to the printing press.

When was the first printing press invented? 

Even though movable type and paper were invented in China, it was in Europe that printing became mechanical. A lawsuit in Strasbourg in 1439 reveals the construction of a press for Johannes Gutenberg and his friends, which is the oldest mention of a printing press.

Books were copied by hand before the printing press was invented. Because this process took so long, books were scarce and expensive. Books were only affordable to the elite, and few individuals could read or write. Literacy and education grew dramatically because of the printing press.

Electricity, better paper feed, and motorised paper reels were all added to the printing press. In the 1950s, the development of computers altered printing once more. Many steps of the printing process are now completed digitally. The movable printing press evolved through time into faster, higher-capacity presses that revolutionised the globe. One of the key advantages of the printing press was that it allowed for the rapid dissemination of ideas and news, which aided in the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment, and scientific revolution.

What makes printing so crucial in today’s world?

We are living in the digital era. Digital material is increasingly being preferred by businesses, schools, and individuals over the printed paper. However, printing is still an important element of the production process; packaging is vital for both marketing and consumer safety, and brands are becoming increasingly demanding in this area. The printing press facilitated a wide range of social, religious, scientific, and cultural transformations in the mediaeval era, the results of which can still be felt today. The printing press democratised access to the written word, and to appeal to the public, printing began in vernacular languages rather than Latin, standardising the languages and giving rise to the languages that we use today.

We can swiftly and in vast numbers share large volumes of knowledge thanks to the printing press. The printing press is so vital that it has been dubbed “one of the most important innovations of our time.” It had a significant impact on the evolution of society. People could be educated faster than ever before thanks to the printing press. More people could benefit from new ideas and knowledge than even the best teacher could hope to reach in their lifetime. The printing machine also transformed the way people were taught, especially in technical disciplines.

Out with the old, in with the new: Printing press has evolved to production press

The world has altered dramatically. It necessitates printing applications that go beyond CMYK. Meet the world’s first inline, six-colour digital platform, which produces stunning image quality, jaw-dropping spot decorations, and dazzling metallic colours — all in one pass. With the Xerox® Iridess Production Press, you can transform commonplace applications into commodity-crushing possibilities to dazzle, differentiate, and drive growth.

The Xerox Iridesse produces outstanding decorated prints in a single pass, with six inline dry ink print stations that accept CMYK and two optional additional colours (gold, silver, white, clear, bright pink). We believe the

Iridesse is the current market’s digital print queen. We can help you bring sparkle and shine to your print room with the support of specialist in-house production analysts and many Beyond CMYK presses in the field.

In addition to CMYK, it enables new production-level application possibilities, such as white, transparent, silver, or gold dry inks.

Take on new challenges with confidence

This is a run-of-the-mill press. There are four different colours. There are five different colours. There are six different colours. Iridescent palettes in a rainbow of colours. It’s a mix of media. Stock that is heavy. Inline finishing has a high monetary value. Iridesse stands for new capabilities and increased production confidence.

Advanced technologies and automated processes combine to eliminate the costly human touch from press setup and colour upkeep. Complementary workflow solutions help you get the most out of your investment by further simplifying important operations. It all adds up to the amazing new potential for high-value print output – and new revenue sources – when combined with a sturdy print path, diverse finishing options, and speeds of up to 120 pages per minute.

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Thuy Nguyen

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