Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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16 • October 2017 • G R A N D F O R M A T GRAND FORMAT house, and those that you need to out- source. Put together a detailed analysis and measure the time it takes to produce a specific print solution and how much it would cost you, including costs of con- sumables, labor, equipment amortization, space requirements among other items." Then compare the time savings and consumable cost savings of producing with a specific grand-format solution. "Don't forget to add a value to deliver- ing faster service and higher-quality out- put that your customer may enjoy. Also, evaluate the new print solutions that you can provide with the new equipment." Garcia says grand format work would encompass output of 96" or wider, and grand format printer productivity can be measured as follows: • Entry Level Production = low volume (up to about 1,000 sqft/hr) • Mid-Level Production = commercial (up to 1,999 sqft/hr) • Industrial Production = fast, high volume (2,000+ sqft/hr) He points out that when the monthly self-adhesive vinyl consumption for mounted print work exceeds $3,000, this justifies taking a good look at UV flatbed printers. "A lease payment for a new flatbed printer can be less than $3,000 and a printer that can substitute mounting vinyl, will bring about savings beyond the media itself, since labor is typically the highest cost in production," Garcia explains. Wittenberg says he looks at this as how quickly do you want to recover your investment and at what price/margin will you be selling into the market? "This will help determine the volume you need to sell over the desired recovery period. Does the volume seem reasonable, too small or too large? It may require a trial and error to get to a point where you feel that you can comfortably sell the volume needed and then the ROI calculation will tell you how long it will take to recover your investment." The new mid-range SpyderX digital UV inkjet flatbed that features an optional roll system prints at speeds up to nearly 2,500 square feet an hour. The flatbed is 126 x 78 inches and the optional roll system prints on media up to 126 inches wide. (Image courtesy of Fujifilm) The Mimaki JFX200- 2531 extended-bed UV-LED flatbed printer is based on the popular JFX200-2513 printer, with double the print area and twin independent vacuum pumps to increase productivity. (Image courtesy of Mimaki USA) Stratojet's UV-cure flatbeds are quite versatile for printing onto rigid substrates. The Shark line of printers allows users to skip steps usually associated with printing and mounting, says Garcia. (Image courtesy of Stratojet) Put together a detailed analysis and measure the time it takes to produce a specific print solution and how much it would cost you.

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