it is in 2013 that digital wide format print was identified two be very vibrant in the print market. There are three major driver to this trend that is being observed from all over the world, customer are pushing for better quality and specialist as well as the need for increased productivity.
in this kind of print there is a wide rate of technological development. New applications continue to unfold as new substrates, inks and marking technologies are brought to market, leading to new opportunities such as label printing, packaging and package prototyping, interior d?cor, soft signage and fabric/garment printing and a wide range of consumer and industrial applications in ceramic printing, in addition to the established signage and display graphics markets.
There however seems to be a problem when it comes to integrating the business of an individual and the production of wide print despite there being improvements each day.
The wide format printers are operated in isolation as compared to all the other kinds of ERP systems. Products to facilitate this integration are available, but lack of customer focus, awareness or trust in automation have been barriers to their uptake.
The main barrier is that most wide print format requires more meticulous finishing than all the other kinds of print leading to increasing costs. Wide format printing most of the time happen as a one time job that requires a lot of time management, elaborate finishing as well as shipping and creative inputs. With high levels of customization being the norm, there may be a reluctance to believe that automation can help in what has always been a labor-intensive business.
This manual approach can lead to inefficiencies in production management, and may result in material wastage and quality inconsistencies both between devices and over time. It is worth to understand that over time it becomes tedious not to be able to load color uniformly as well as to utilize the machines efficiently without leaving some of them idle.
Every point at which manual processes occur is a point at which costs can rapidly be added and yet these costs are often unaccounted. Since most of this jobs use per square costing method, it is usually very difficult to be able to account for every cost incurred and therefore leading to them being sold at a loss. Lack of detailed information about job set-up times and finishing operations, with missing or inaccurate media consumption figures make it difficult to analyse where bottlenecks are occurring and where money is being made or lost.
The market for this printer is growing rapidly and becoming more competitive, as a result more pressure is going to be put towards automating each step.