In the six month of the year 2013, more than 22,000 people made their way tow London and deliberated on how vibrant wide format print was. There are three major driver to this trend that is being observed from all over the world, customer are pushing for better quality and specialist as well as the need for increased productivity.
There is also a wide rate of technological development in the area of wide format print. 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 is however a problem, despite the speed of production and resolution improving each day, the rate at which the devices are being integrated into wider owner business and production workflow has been largely neglected.
The wide format printers are operated in isolation as compared to all the other kinds of ERP systems. This does not happen because integration devices are not available but because the customers lack focus and awareness in automation.
Wide-format work typically requires more complex finishing than other types of print, sometimes to the point where the direct print costs are only a small part of the total job value. 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. The norm of this kind of printing is that a lot of customization is desired and this leads to the customers being very reluctant in accepting automatwion.
This manual approach can lead to inefficiencies in production management, and may result in material wastage and quality inconsistencies both between devices and 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. The manual method mainly does not provide all the relevant information and therefore as there are no bottle necks already in place, it means that some costs that have already been incurred will be left unaccounted for.
The market for this printer is growing rapidly and becoming more competitive, as a result more pressure is going to be put towards automating each step.