Sign & Digital Graphics

January '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2019 • 33 DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS G raphics providers are always on the look out for new printing and cutting solutions to help them provide the latest product and quickest service solutions to meet their clients' needs. They seek increased automated capabilities, and seamless integration into their existing workflows, which will expand the overall versatility of the output/finishing capa- bilities. Over the past few years, advances in print and cut tech- nologies have given business owners a number of different Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has cov- ered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-for- mat printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at ON TRACK TO Innovations in printing/cutting systems are giving shops more options to help automate output/finishing workflows B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Cutting-Edge Solutions Roland's Daniel Valade says popular applications for stand-alone units include vehicle graphics/ wraps, decals, and heat transfers for apparel and accessories. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA Corp.) directions they can go as far as equipment options. They include all-in-one printer/cutter units, roll printer and vinyl cutter par- ings as well as flatbed printer to flatbed cutter solutions. Adding the right printer/cutter system to your workflow requires a detailed analysis of your production processes, from the materials being used to the types of applications you are currently producing as well as others you would like to break into in the future. Workflows are More Integrated Randy Paar, marketing manager for Display Graphics, Canon Solutions America, notes that digital cutting systems are here to stay and over the past five to 10 years have become much more affordable for smaller shops to purchase. "Printing and cutting workflows are increasingly being inte- grated to improve production efficiencies and reduce errors and waste. The increasing need to meet shorter and shorter turn- around times is one of the drivers behind improving efficiencies,"

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