The world of wide format printing continues to experience rapid change, not just as a result of the new technologies that are vying for dominance, but also due to end-user applications and expectations.
Understanding the wide format market takes focus and expertise, as this market now consists of three distinct segments: technical (which includes architectural, engineering, and construction documents), production (posters, signs, and banners), and creative (prepress, photography, and fine art printing).
Let’s take a look at the benefits of Digital Printing. We are going to take about benefits of digital production, speed versus versatility, going green and cost.
- Benefits of digital production
- Speed versus versatility
- Going green
First we are going to look at the benefits of digital production. Not so many years ago, the wide-format printing market was still in an experimental stage and couldn’t be considered a serious contender for production in commercial environments. Since those early days, the advances in technology have been rapid, now reaching the point where digital has become the preferred format for many display applications.
Reliability in machine build has accompanied the continuing evolution of printheads and inks, resulting in platforms that produce consistent results that are fit-for-purpose; nowadays, it is rare to find a print business involved in large-format jobs that doesn’t have an inkjet capability as part of its plant list of equipment.
Practical benefits from digital production
From a practical perspective, wide-format inkjet production carries the advantage of faster turnaround times, better operating environments, easier logistics, and more efficient end-to-end workflows. Additionally, economic and stock reduction considerations have been factored into this mix and these have helped to bring inkjet processes to the fore.
During the past two decades, therefore, there has been a significant change into the way that applications coming under the remit of large- or wide-format are produced. This took digital print engines, typically ranging in size from 1.0m to 5m, from being speciality machines into the mainstream market. In that period of time, manufacturers have witnessed a metamorphosis in customer requirements, with today’s considerations in a print device becoming more diverse and eclectic in many environments.
Speed versus versatility
Is speed of the essence throughout today¹s wide-format printer users? The answer to this million dollar question differs depending on business model and type of demand. Versatility is still key to the throughput benefits of inkjet and diversification can often prove to be the key factor that drives better margins and greater profitability. Ergo, effective workflow is as important as the throughput rates of a particular print device, and investment must be quantified against expected daily volumes, diversity and variability of work.
Digital printing offers a quicker response time due to its minimal press setup. It simplifies the printing process, traditional plates and film are redundant, there is no press make-ready needed, no plate mounting, no registration adjustments and no ink keys. There are less steps and people involved in the printing process, and as result the final product can be delivered quicker.
This method of printing can boost the green credentials of any company. Unlike conventional printing, there are no pre-press stages between the digital document file and the final print, so there is no need for, film plates or photo chemicals.
Enabling companies to make financial savings is another benefit offered by digital printing. Traditional printing services have always had quotas or minimum orders required when you used their services. However, because of the flexibility of the printing press, digital printing companies do not have these sorts of boundaries, proving the freedom for the businesses and individuals to save and get the exact amount that they need.
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