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October '19

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36 • October 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS Make a Plan Joe Garcia, managing director at StratoJet U S A , Santa Fe Springs, California, says it's best to start with a sound business plan. "Understand your current situation as far as cash flow, labor, specific customer demands that you currently can produce in house, and those that you need to outsource. Put together a detailed analysis and measure the time it takes to produce a specific print solution and how much it would cost you, including costs of consumables, labor, equipment amortization, space requirements among other items." Then compare the time savings and consumable cost savings of producing with a specific grand-format solution. "Don't forget to add a value to deliver- ing faster service and higher quality out- put that your customer may enjoy. Also, evaluate the new print solutions that you can provide with the new equipment." Garcia says grand format work would encompass output of 96" or wider, and grand format printer productivity can be measured as follows: • Entry Level Production = low volume (up to about 1,000 sqft/hr) • Mid-Level Production = commercial (up to 1,999 sqft/hr) • Industrial Production = fast, high volume (2,000+ sqft/hr) Stratojet manufactures and services a wide portfolio of print solutions including UV-LED flatbeds, grand format UV-curing roll-to-roll printers, dye-sub and eco-solvent printers. Image courtesy of Stratojet. The new mid-range SpyderX digital UV inkjet flatbed that features an optional roll system prints at speeds up to nearly 2,500 square feet an hour. The flatbed is 126 x 78 inches and the optional roll system prints on media up to 126 inches wide. Image courtesy of Fujifilm. The Mimaki UJV55-320 super wide format UV-LED printer is a 128-inch roll-to-roll model featuring seven ink colors including white for printing on transparent or colored media. Image courtesy of Mimaki USA.

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