Sign & Digital Graphics

March '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2018 • 45 ing equipment for existing jobs as well as future growth. "Mimaki Financial Services offers affordable monthly payment plans that can be customized to meet almost any budgeting needs," Maxwell says. "A comprehensive online Resource Center provides the tools necessary for pre- approval, credit decisions, document preparation and contract commence- ment. Customers will know within hours—rather than days—of their credit approval status," he explains. Daniel Valade, product manager, color products and cutters at Roland DGA, Irvine, California, points out that most people get started with a five-year equipment lease. "The decision to lease or buy typically depends upon a num- ber of factors, however, including the buyer's available funds and financial situation. It should be noted that when it comes to leasing, some leasing com- panies will work with customers so they can upgrade their equipment before the current lease is up. This can be bene- ficial if the leasee outgrows his or her current equipment, requiring machines that allow for increased productivity or greater versatility." Your First Printer and Initial Output Expectations Maxwell believes it's important to find out what your target applications are, before discussing an entry point. "Different technologies serve an array of applications—what suits one may not suit another; getting a good handle on target applications, production volumes and a growth forecast is necessary," he says. "Will the primary applications be indoor or outdoor? Signs and banners? Soft signage? Rigid graphics or printing on objects? What's the minimum width required? What are the projected vol- umes in 3, 6, 12 months and beyond?" Conrad notes its best to buy for next year. "If you are setting up a sign shop to print banners and displays, but know you'll be growing into vehicle wraps a year from now, don't skimp on the 54-inch printer when you really need a 64-inch wide printer. Stepping over nickels to pick up pennies is not a good habit to get into. If you have the abil- ity to finance with a good program or if you have the extra capital, be sure to invest in the equipment you need now that will also handle expected output demands over the next year or three so you are not struggling to keep up with client projects," he explains. Valade says that when purchasing your first printer, you should consider who your customers will be as well as Because equipment tends to go down in value over time, most people lease. HyperDual Motion - The HyperDual motion package comes standard on OptiFlex machines allowing for smooth cut radiuses and fast cutting speeds. Unmatched Safety - The LaserCELL features a Class 1 safety enclosure that allows the system to be placed in high traffic areas such as busy factory floors and university classrooms. Premium Quality and Performance Highly Versatile CO 2 Laser Source EXPERIEN CE THE NEXT GENERATION K E R N L A S E R S . C O M | 8 8 8 - 6 6 0 - 2 7 5 5 | M A D E I N T H E U S A LaserCELL Class I (Enclosed) Laser System OptiFlex Class 4 (Open Bed) Laser System

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