Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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8 • October 2017 • G R A N D F O R M A T GRAND FORMAT be more beneficial for them to purchase a 10-foot platform knowing that they can always produce smaller goods if required." The reality is that shops are going to take in all kinds of different projects with varying sizes. And the goal is to be able to accommodate all of the work so that there is nothing to turn away. "The printer must be able to keep up with production and demand," Conrad says. "Whether you are choosing a high- speed banner printer such as the dual head ValueJet 1638 X with a top speed of 1100 square feet per hour or the larger ValueJet 2638X 104-inch and go two up, you need to choose a printer that keeps up with demand." Along with that, increased demand may also bring in new, previously unre- alized projects, some of which that can only be completed using larger printers. "Given most media substrates and applications run between 54 and 64 inches, one of the principle reasons a shop would upgrade to a larger printer is output size and/or media type required for jobs," says Kelly Gornick, senior marketing manager, ColorPainter, OKI Data Americas. "Extra-wide banners or applications using textiles might require a wider-format printer such as a ColorPainter H3-104s, which can support medias up to 104-inches wide. Turnaround Time This relates to speed. How fast can a shop get a project completed from start to finish while also keeping quality at the highest level? "If shops are using a machine that lacks the speed and efficiency needed to match their operations, they simply The TS500P-3200 printer is a 129.9" (3.2 meter) wide, dedicated sublimation transfer model developed for production runs to create extra-wide textile applications such as soft signage. (Image courtesy of Mimaki USA) The market and customer demand will dictate a shop's work capacity and ultimately the need for a wider printer. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) Available in 64" and 54" models, Roland's TrueVIS VG series inkjet printer/cutters feature FlexFire printheads and TrueVIS Ink that combine to produce consistent quality, vibrant colors and stunning details—perfect for shops that intend to go into grand format later on. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) Shops are going to take in all kinds of different projects with varying sizes. The goal is to be able to accommodate all of the work so that there is nothing to turn away.

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