Wide-format print is one of the most vibrant sectors of the digital print market, as evidenced by the 22,000 people who made their way to Fespa London in June 2013. There are three major driver to this trend that is being observed from all over the world, customer are pushing for better quality and specialist as well as the need for increased productivity.
in this kind of print there is a wide rate of technological development. New applications continue to unfold as new substrates, inks and marking technologies are brought to market, leading to new opportunities such as label printing, packaging and package prototyping, interior d?cor, soft signage and fabric/garment printing and a wide range of consumer and industrial applications in ceramic printing, in addition to the established signage and display graphics markets.
While the capabilities of individual wide-format printers continue to evolve apace in terms of resolution, colour gamut, speed of production and range of supported substrates, the integration of these devices into both the production workflow and the wider environment of their owners’ businesses has largely been neglected.
For instance the wide format printers are very isolated in their productions from all the other kind of prints that are available in the market place. Basically this happens because the customers do not trust automation as well as lack the interest and awareness towards them.
Wide-format work typically requires more complex finishing than other types of print, sometimes to the point where the direct print costs are only a small part of the total job value. Complex one-off jobs will typically require creative input, management time, shipping and installation in addition to the printing process. The norm of this kind of printing is that a lot of customization is desired and this leads to the customers being very reluctant in accepting automatwion.
The manual method of conducting wide format printing is very time consuming and may result into a lot of wastawge. It is worth to understand that over time it becomes tedious not to be able to load color uniformly as well as to utilize the machines efficiently without leaving some of them idle.
Over time, the areas in the production process that are manual usually call for additional costs which are not included win the cost of production oftenly. Since most of this jobs use per square costing method, it is usually very difficult to be able to account for every cost incurred and therefore leading to them being sold at a loss. Lack of detailed information about job set-up times and finishing operations, with missing or inaccurate media consumption figures make it difficult to analyse where bottlenecks are occurring and where money is being made or lost.
The wide format printer will be crowded very soon and this will create awn increase pressure to offset the extra costs.