Sign & Digital Graphics

May '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2018 • 33 DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS O ver the last decade, flatbed digital printers have progressively improved in a number of ways—including faster speeds, better UV-curing systems, upgraded material handling, higher qual- ity white inks, improved hybrid designs, gray scale F L A T B E D P R I N T E R S Fantastic Flatbeds Versatile flatbed technology provid- ing shops with new application options B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging tech- nologies 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. Today's flatbed print- ers are more versatile than ever and can print onto a wide variety of substrates, including unfinished wood. (Image cour- tesy of Roland DGA) capabilities and overall quality. All of these improvements have resulted in printers that are more flexible than ever and have given shops a plethora of new application possibilities. Expanded Capabilities Michael Maxwell, senior manager, Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Georgia, says that as the market continues to embrace the UV-cure printing process, more and more print service providers (PSPs) are expanding their flatbed printer compe- tencies. "The smaller to mid-size PSPs are looking for cost effective solutions that not only provide consistent quality,

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