Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS they face. "Benefits of a flatbed include registration because the substrate is not moving like it is on a belt-driven device—however there are flat- beds with roll systems that allow PSPs to accomplish both rigid and roll printing with one device. When it comes to hybrids, from a space and capacity standpoint, shops with limited space can benefit from such a device. On the other hand, depending on how a shop handles their work- flow and production operations, hybrid devices do give PSPs the flexibility to print both flexible and rigid material on the same machine, which allows them to be more flexible in their job planning and assigning." Rolling With the Changes McConnell says for them, the sign and display market was the first to adapt to the changes with the wide-format inkjet, and thinks that had to do with demand. "PSPs saw the market changing and run lengths were changing; screen printers needed a solution to answer to custom or regional designs, and the quality expectations allowed that change to start to take place with digital wide format. Since then a number of other markets have seen such changes, and with advancements in printing technology, other markets/applications have been able to migrate, at least partially, to digital printing. A good example of that is the corrugated market, and their need for a digital solution grows across the industry, and that can be with the various multi- and single-pass machines that have been developed and introduced to service corrugators and converters." Onset X3 Users Stand Out McConnell says that technology developments in the flatbed market have been real game changers for many of their end users such as Direct Edge Media and Southern Carton. "Our customers expect perfection," reports Ryan Brueckner, CEO, Direct Edge Media, a full-service facility in Anaheim, California. "We chose the Onset X3 for its speed, quality and color gamut." "With the Onset X3, we have the ability to produce jobs quicker, and at a higher volume," adds Nick Oshiro, vice president of operations also at Direct Edge Media. "We decided to have two white ink channels to produce more jobs in-house. The Onset X3 helps us stand out purely due to the speed and quality." Southern Carton runs many types of projects on their Onset X3. "We are printing on glass, and a lot of acrylics," notes Eugene Peek, digital coordinator, Southern Carton, who specializes in packaging and is based in Lewisburg, Tennessee. "With the speed and flexibility of the Onset X3, we are able to accept many new jobs and turn them around same day, or within 24 hours," Peek adds. Blazing Speed from swissQprint Mike Kyritsi, president, swissQprint America, Elgin Illinois, says the speed models (Nyala 3S and Impala 3S) the company rolled out last year are good examples "There are some applications such as lenticular printing, that can benefit from a true-flatbed production on prod- ucts such as EFI's Pro 24f printer," says Thomas Krumm. (Image courtesy of EFI) HP Latex printers allow PSPs to produce a wide range of applications using HP Latex Printing Technologies and printing on a plethora of latex media including vinyl, textile, film, paper and un-coated papers. (Image courtesy of HP) 36 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S The unique swissQ- print pin system enables full use of the print bed and precise double-sided printing. (Image courtesy of SwissQprint.) Benefits of a flatbed include registration because the substrate is not moving like it is on a belt-driven device.

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