There is an obvious paradigm shift in all industries, including the print industry towards the ‘internet of things’, which means the ability to transfer data over the network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Its a situation where all sorts of machines, factories, vehicles and even household items are constantly online and able to transmit and receive status reports and instructions. Seamless integration of printers/MFPs with mobile devices can help vendors generate an enormous amount of data, monitor actual customer product and service usage, enable manufacturers to deliver better service performance through predictive data analytics, improve product design and accelerate innovation. It seems as if disruptions are coming from within the industry.
Another mega trend that was also visible at Drupa this year was increased automation, especially for mundane or easily predicted tasks, where human cost and errors are much higher. This automation has the ability of creating ‘Smart Factories’, where factories are functioning even in the absence of humans. Automation can add to variability and customization of jobs. The idea is that machines can handle the mundane, routine volume jobs, while the more ‘expensive’ humans can be employed for strategic planning, decision making, fire fighting and problem solving.
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Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek