it is in 2013 that digital wide format print was identified two be very vibrant in the print market. Three groups are driving this growth: conventional sign shops and screen printers adding or switching to digital printing methods; existing wide-format users wanting to increase capacity or improve quality and/or productivity to meet customer demand; and commercial offset printers or prepress specialists who are keen to capture a larger proportion of their customers’ print spend.
in this kind of print there is a wide rate of technological development. There are new ways of printing and designing emerging each day such as signage, package prototyping as well as label printing that seem to be emerging each day.
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 majority of wide-format printers is operated as stand-alone devices, often with one RIP per machine, and is isolated from other print production workflows or MIS/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. 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.
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. Inability to load-balance work across different machines because color matching cannot be achieved reliably can cause delays and waste production capacity, leaving some machines idles while others are running full-time.
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. 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.