Global Graphics Software joins OPC Foundation

Connecting print to smart factories with Global Graphics Software

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Global Graphics Software has joined the OPC Foundation, the organization responsible for developing and maintaining the OPC (Open Platform Communications) Industrial Interoperability Standard. Global Graphics Software is the developer of award-winning components used in digital printing systems that are increasingly part of connected processes in smart factories where printing is part of the manufacturing process. 

OPC UA is the interoperability standard for secure and reliable data exchange in industrial automation space and other industries. It is a platform-independent that ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. 

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Eric Worrall: VP of products and customer success at Global Graphics Software

Eric Worrall, VP of products and customer success at Global Graphics Software, comments, “OPC UA will allow us a standard way to communicate with devices within the production line such as PLCs. It will also allow us to communicate up to SCADA and HMIs, controlling the entire production process, not just the printing subsystem. 

Collecting the data and providing historical analysis will enable innovations like predictive maintenance. We will work with component suppliers to add OPC UA interfaces to electronic components in the print system to allow plug-and-play integration. We also have versions of our RIP technologies that can be run on arm platforms and aimed at the IoT. Adding OPC UA connectivity to these IoT solutions will allow standard connectivity and the strong security required for IoT. 

Justin Bailey, Global Graphics Software’s managing director, adds, “The OPC Foundation is an 800+ strong international community, and we look forward to becoming an active member. The function of print is changing, and the OPC UA standard is already in use in industrial environments that want to add print into their processes. Our OEM customers targeting their solutions in the industrial sector will welcome the connectivity potential that our solutions will provide.” 

Hoppe welcoming Global Graphics Software

Stefan Hoppe, president and executive director of the OPC Foundation, comments: “The OPC Foundation warmly welcomes Global Graphics Software as a new member of the largest ecosystem for secured industrial interoperability. OPC UA not only enables seamless, secure data transport from the field to the cloud (and back) – an essential aspect is the standardization of the information to be transported, e.g., also for the printing industry – we are therefore looking forward to the cooperation of the experts from Global Graphics Software.”

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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