Csaba Horvath

Definition and Measurement of Lay-flat Degree for Books

Csaba Horvath, Nyomda-Technika Kft.; Laszlo Koltai, Óbuda University;
Istvan Lorincz and Peter Teleki, Alfoldi Nyomda Zrt.

The evolution of communications technologies exercises substantial influence on graphic communications products, too. In the world of printing, one group of the iconic products, notably books need to adapt to the challenges posed by digital developments of the 21st century.

The emergence and the extremely swift spread of photo books clearly demonstrate the synthesis and synergy of the two systems.

Novel solutions surface from time to time to enable readers to associate printed information in books

with further information that is available in the digital world. The use of smartphones as a basic device to have access to information seems to be a general trend nowadays, especially among people of younger generations. Such devices are suitable for using certain special symbols, QR codes, passive or active electronic elements that are inserted in the books to become connected to the world of virtual and/or augmented reality.

These solutions raise new demands for binding technologies, as well. Photo books call for special binding solutions that allow or at least approximate full lay-flat binding.

Dr. Csaba Horvath is honorary professor at Obuda University, Budapest, Hungary. He was the director of the Institute of Media Technology and Light Industry Engineering from 2010 to 2018. His areas of research include printing technologies, operating and maintenance of printing machinery, print media management and environmental engineering. His research work has led to over 150 publications on printing and related topics (based on the Hungarian Scientific Bibliography Database). Csaba is a mechanical engineer (M.Eng) received his doctoral degree at the Pannon University in Veszprem and the habilitation in University of West-Hungary (Sopron).

Dr. Horvath has been serving as president of the Federation of the Hungarian Printers and Papermakers since 2008, and he was board member of INTERGRAF (European Federation for Print and Digital Communication) from 2010.to 2016.

He is the managing director of his own company (Nyomda-Technika Kft.) providing engineering and technical assistance for modern printing production for 29 years as one of the leader in Hungary with international reputation.