Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS T he latest crop of high-production flatbed printers continues to push the envelope and provide shops with a plethora of opportunities. Over the past decade, the use of flatbeds in the wide- format sector has grown tremendously. During that time, flatbed printers' improved speed, automation and flex- ibility have allowed shops to raise pro- duction levels as well offer new applica- tions for clients. In addition, the growth in more economical hybrid units that are capable of printing both flat substrates and roll-to-roll have allowed smaller shops to enter this area. Today's flatbed printer market is packed with a host of output options, which is good news for output providers looking to increase their productivity. Let's look at the recent gains in speed and productivity of flatbeds and give an overview of how far this booming market has come in a short period of time. Speed and Versatility Thomas Krumm, product marketing manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions, Meredith, New Hampshire, is seeing a number of growing trends in this area. "There is a lot of demand for speed and for versatility. Display graphics pro- ducers are often looking to consolidate work that they may do on several slower devices, plus they want the efficacies they can gain in moving jobs from screen printing to digital or lowering the num- ber of steps it takes to complete a job." He notes that speed is always impor- tant, but shops also have different produc- tivity needs. "Those needs have driven a Flatbed technology continues to change the landscape of the high-production printing market B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Bill Schiffner is a free- lance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide- format printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at bschiffner@optonline.net. S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2019 • 33 High-Production Flatbed Printers Quick and easy change between different kinds of jobs is one of the reasons that speak for a flat- bed printer. (Image courtesy of SwissQprint.)

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