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.
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. This does not happen because integration devices are not available but because the customers lack focus and awareness in automation.
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. Most of the producers of wide format print are very reluctant in accepting automation as the norm of this kind of jobs is customerization.
However, the manual method of doing it is not as good as they think it is as wit results into wastage of resources and time 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. 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. Since there are no bottlenecks in place, it becomes very difficult to identify those areas whereby money is being lost as there are no available details to facilitate this.
The wide format printer will be crowded very soon and this will create awn increase pressure to offset the extra costs.