The first generation of Industry 4.0 has rapidly made automation essential for any print service provider who’s gearing up to be the smart print factory that evolving industry conditions demand. While the need for an automated workflow that simplifies, streamlines, and increases productivity is universal, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Book manufacturers like you certainly face distinct and complex workflow requirements, but you also face a growing range of potentially profitable new opportunities presented by custom and on-demand book production.
As was the case for many other industries, 2020 proved to be a year of uncertainty for book printers and publishers. Plans for strategic growth were abandoned as wide shifts in business practices were adopted just to get orders out the door. Some felt the tension and discomfort of not even having a white fog line to serve as a guide through these uncharted roads. Others were able to take comfort in the guardrails they’d had the foresight to install, which enabled them to adapt quickly and carve out new business opportunities.