At the very lowest level of printing, you have no cutting apparatus. You simply have an employee manually cutting off every job with an Exacto knife or a razor blade. This is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cutting and might save you from having to splurge on a cutting machine of any type, but will ultimately cost you in productivity and output in the long run.
When it comes to the print service industry, new technology is emerging that will change the way providers operate forever. Automatic cutting systems are now making their way onto the scene, bringing with them the potential for massively increasing profits, while improving accuracy and efficiency as well.
While digital fabric printing may be a new arrival in the grand scheme of the format printing industry, the number of ways it can be applied to your print business is already substantial.
The print industry is undergoing a massive transformation right now. No longer will print service providers be able to rely solely on printing as the only service they offer.
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.
In modern print shops, it’s well understood that simply printing a piece of media for a client is no longer enough—no longer can you simply click print, wait for the ink to dry, and ship the piece.
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.
Compared to just a few years ago, today’s presses resemble computers more than they do a ‘complex type of printer.’ Even entry-level presses now have featured previously associated only with hugely expensive high-end presses, and automation has increased productivity by eliminating manual labor, simplifying complex processes and reducing waste. It is easier than ever for print shops to make money taking on challenging jobs.
The demand for high-end digitally printed fabrics is soaring, especially in the textile and design trade industry. With up to 60% of participants in the trade show exhibitor market looking for either digital textile printer providers or the equipment to do the printing themselves, this is a market to be taken seriously.
As new technologies and new types of output continue to hit the printing technology industry non-stop, the wide-format printing industry continues to thrive. This prosperity drives further innovation, and customers spur the trend by increasingly demanding novelty and customization of print services without sacrificing print quality.