The printing press has become a sophisticated piece of equipment. Depending upon its configuration, it is capable of printing on many different materials. A print job might require metal or paper or some sort of plastic based substrate. Unlike earlier generations of printing presses that were one trick ponies, today’s presses are able to take advantage of special ink formulations, UV printing technologies, and other advancements to apply inks to a wide range of plastics and synthetics.
Print finishing machinery can be very complicated to operate. This can make it a bit off-putting if you are new to the job. Thankfully there is a comprehensive process you can go through to master your machinery which will have you completing jobs with ease in no time. Speed is the name of the game when operating a print finisher, but you also have to maintain quality. After years and years of practice running these machines, you learn some tricks of the trade and some sage wisdom. Here are some of the things a true print finishing master knows and has learned over decades.
Modern PSPs in the digital sphere are beginning to experience massive growth. Because of this, there is a lot of opportunities for these companies to grow—if they grow with the times.
PSPs today are very different from the print shops of the past. Although twenty years ago, it may have been commonplace to outsource the finishing of your jobs to another firm—or even cut manually—modern business has high expectations from PSPs, including a full value-creation chain of designing, printing, and cutting.
UV Ink, the Driver for Innovation
Innovations in the finishing industry came about after technological advances were made in the printing process that made printing on many substrates not only feasible but economical. This technology was UV printing—these inks are high quality and high fidelity and cure almost immediately when struck by UV light from the printheads that are used when printing.
In the packaging industry, designers are always looking for the next thing that will set them apart. After all, the packaging is very competitive—with so many products on the shelf, yours has to stand out or risk being left behind for a flashier or more modern-looking package.
Moving into the future means adopting some of the newest and most beneficial technologies of our time. For print service providers today, this means adopting new laser cutting processes, which offer a broad range of exciting benefits that we are only beginning to explore. A non-contact process, this technology can make the most precise cuts without damaging the surrounding materials. It works with a variety of materials and can finish jobs with minimal cost or effort.