5 Tools Your Print Provider Should Be Using
The printing industry has radically changed over the years. In order to continue to produce high quality projects there are certain tools that are invaluable to a printer. Here at Hackworth, we utilize these tools to help businesses with professional level print work. Here are five tools of the printing industry that provide the best possible results for clients.
The digital printer is a fast and productive tool that also prints great quality. It is the most common type of printer in the printing industry. Unlike traditional printers, the digital printer does not have plates that you need to swap out, and it can function much more independently and precisely at the same time. It has also proliferated capabilities such as print-on-demand, short turnaround time, image modification and allowed the use of different designs across the same print job.
Wide Format Printer
While many printing jobs utilize a standard letter or a legal size, and sometimes even smaller, other projects require larger output. For jobs such as posters, flyers, banners, wallpapers and vehicle wraps a printer that can handle large rolls of paper is necessary. The wide format printer does that job. This printer most commonly uses some variant of inkjet or toner-based technology to produce a printed image. It is more economical compared to other printing methods such as screen printing. Without a wide format printer, it would be impractical to create large banners, posters, signs, etc. However, with these machines, you can print these types of projects very easily. Also, you have the option of printing them in sections to assemble them later.
Flatbed printer, typically used for commercial purposes, is characterized by a flat surface where a material is placed on top to be printed on. It is capable of printing on a wide variety of materials such as photographic paper, film, cloth, plastic, acrylic, glass, ceramic, metal, wood, leather, and many more. A flatbed printer uses UV curable inks that are made of acrylic monomers which will then be exposed to strong UV-light to cure them. In that way, printing on wood or canvas carpet, tile, and even glass is made possible. The flatbed printer, although limited only to flat materials, is a versatile tool that could produce the most creative and unique materials.
Computer Hardware and Software
These tools, perhaps, are the most overlooked part of the printing businesses. With all the technology now available, computers are updated and upgraded so often that a 1-month old computer can become obsolete! However, when the correct technology is purchased this problem can be avoided. Another requirement is high quality HD monitor to see every aspect of the graphics and images on screen. This is necessary to avoid wasted material on test prints, color proofing, resolution and sharpness.
Another thing to consider is computer software. In our company, we make use of the Adobe Suite such as the Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign, which are industry standards. They produce the best results with their complex yet very detailed tools that make designing and printing projects possible.
Last but definitely not the least is the support and help that is needed to successfully maintain the printing shop: graphic designers. They are basically the backbone of the printing industry. This position requires a lot of knowledge and skills which allow them to produce high quality projects that help businesses grow.
These essential tools make the printing industry what it is today. In order to support businesses successfully, these are must-have resources for any professional printing shops.
Let us know if you have any questions about the tools we use every day. If you are in the local area of Coastal Virginia, we would love to have you stop by for a tour. Contact us today to set up a time.