We’ve always been keen to look at new technology with a view to increasing productivity, but not at the cost of accuracy or quality. In the 1980s the Micro Modifier was being used both in the litho and graphics industries and A-Z looked to see if it’s innovative reproduction methods could be used to create road casings and text halos. New films could be made from an original by applying a pre-set amount of orbital motion during exposure from an overhead light. Our workflow involved creating two intermediate films from a scribe sheet of road centre lines – an expanded positive and a slightly more expanded negative which, when used together in register, produced a final positive image of road casings. However, despite being reasonably successful it created other issues which needed manual intervention and was therefore never fully integrated into mainstream map production.