In the six month of the year 2013, more than 22,000 people made their way tow London and deliberated on how vibrant wide format print was. 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.
There is still a high rate of technological development in wide-format print. 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. Basically this happens because the customers do not trust automation as well as lack the interest and awareness towards them.
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. The norm of this kind of printing is that a lot of customization is desired and this leads to the customers being very reluctant in accepting automatwion.
The manual method of conducting wide format printing is very time consuming and may result into a lot of wastawge. The other problem is associated with the inability to load balanced work across machines leading some machines being left idle.
Further to this, it is important to note that any particular point that manual process occurs is a point whereby extra costs are incurred which are left unaccounted for. Job costing models based on ‘per square metre’ pricing can lead to work being done at a loss, especially where time spent on file preparation before output is not recorded. The manual method mainly does not provide all the relevant information and therefore as there are no bottle necks already in place, it means that some costs that have already been incurred will be left unaccounted for.
The wide format printer will be crowded very soon and this will create awn increase pressure to offset the extra costs.