Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Printing on demand

No one answered, and some Pod operation may have more than one type of printer or press. In the last three segments of this article, an overview of the market is obtained, take a step back and look at alternatives for digital presses, printers and see many ways to find their way market Pod. We finish this series with a look at how several options for backup needs, and how to decide whether to invest in a solution that is appropriate for your pod.

For short-term full-color offset economic output and complexity, there is a role for the film without and cousins ​​(CTP) printing computer to plate. A four-color offset printing plates in the press revealed itself. CTP make prints directly from the computer without requiring film as an intermediate step product.

You do not see much change in the market this year. It Presstek mainstay moved to a more direct role, while the other officers, Heidelberg, inching away from the CTP bound. Presstek away from OEM system manufacturers with Presstek 52DI. Using Zero transfer the registration of color printing for high accuracy in different populations.

Where Heidelberg hair

Citing drop placement, Heidelberg largely taken himself out of the picture and do not stop products and Speedmaster 74 DI Quickmaster but offers Remarketed Unit. No pressure is set to give way to operate four colors for small businesses can not afford both a new press and CTP.

Distance from the left pod, Heidelberg was a good market position. "We offer a wide range of Heidelberg prepress, press and post-press solutions that can meet the ability to store all sizes" Joerg said Daehnhardt, director of product management for Heidelberg. "Recent announcements of new Suprasetter two-up and workflow that is targeted at small shops in the Heidelberg area emphasizes the importance of market segments." Heidelberg Anicolor Crean ink unit is willing to drastically reduce the time and reduce waste to 90 percent, according to InfoTrends sector review direct-to-press.

Many players

That still leaves a lot of players like Kodak, Ryobi, RISO, and display. "Our commitment to high-speed, low production increase our attractiveness to many application fields Pod" said David Murphy, director of business RISO duplicators. "Our color printers, high speed duplicators and printers have the ability to hit a lot, but does not require the press operator."

The Duplicator RISO printer can produce color space close to half a percent of printing and print up to 180 ppm. Heavier media and print size. 'Applications' sweet spot' for color printers including high speed full color and monochrome images, plus color space. This application is supported by a long way and can incorporate variable data, "said Murphy.

The opposite view

George Alexander, author of the long history of the digital market, and now with Podi organizations remain cautious about the role of Pod. "Do not hit home that has never been proven in the market" their country. "The only real opportunity to win market share in technology, in my opinion, is the use of a relatively simple to use. Conventional pressing need for skilled operators and has a long learning curve. Not hitting almost automatically, and the operator does not have to know about the plate, ink-water balance, dot gain, ink key settings, and the like. "

. "This event covering the fast growing market of digital printer only requires the ability to walk again after the toner retailers have started to do a lot of work in 3000 - in the range of 10,000 prints, offset printing would be interesting, and one in the press is much better for the environment than press fit conventional. "To reach this market, dealers said market commentary should call outside of traditional commercial printing. "That's really the only time I can see, and the market has long been relatively slow and expensive to maintain high-quality color digital devices other."

Is there a place for card-type offset printing system? Depending on who is doing the talking, or maybe you make a sale. Next week, we have the third segment of the series, focusing on the many ways digital printers find their way into the Pod.

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