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There are some accessories that can help us improve our printing experience without dying in the attempt.

Running a print-shop can be a stressful work, it doesn’t matter if you are just beginning or whether you already have some years on your back.

The competition in this market is getting tougher, we must compete with quality and price with other companies and at the same time meet the shorter delivery times that customers request.

But no matter how complicated or stressful this situation sounds, we do not have to drown ourselves in a glass of water. Since there are some accessories that can help us improve our printing experience without dying in the attempt. Here are some examples:

Anti-Static

Static electricity can cause a wide range of issues in printing applications. Statically charged substrates can contribute to attract dust, ink mist, cause shocks to operators and a number of other static problems across all types of print systems.

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Static electricity can cause a wide range of issues during the printing process.

Airborne contaminants

Fumes, odors, dust, spray powder, lint, etc. can be a pain if they are not handle in a proper way. Imagine a dust particle that ruins your printhead or some lint on a final work that you have just finished laminating.

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Island Clean Air (ICA) DUSTER 3000.

Spectrophotometer

The key to a stunning and remarkable print lies in the quality of the profiles. If you want to make your own profiles and be better than other print shops you’ll need to invest in a spectrophotometer. A spectrophotometer is color accuracy measurement system that ensures the image quality for professional digital printing by measuring the wavelength of light.

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Barbieri qb-Technology at FESPA Berlin 2018.

Monitor calibration

Have you printed a graphic that on screen looks “Sunny” yellow but once its printed, you end up with a sunset orange? Computer monitors do their best to reproduce colors correctly, but each color is slightly different. Calibrating your monitor ensures that what you print is consistent with what you see on screen.

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Calibrating your monitor ensures that what you print is consistent with what you see on screen. Photo courtesy www.ephotozine.com.

Media lifter

Forget those days when you should do warm-up exercises before lifting the media rolls. With this gadget you will be eable to quickly and effortlessly lift wide or heavy media rolls with zero effort.

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Photo courtesy www.ndgraphics.com.

Manual cutter

A skilled operator, a good knife and a wood ruler can easily handle a 20” x 20” print. But when when it comes to a high volume of prints that must be delivered before the store closes, that’s when you will wish you had one of these cutters.

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Keencut cutter. Photo courtesy www.bhphotovideo.com.

X/Y Automatic cutter

When you have multiple posters printed in rolls, this equipment will help you to cut both X and Y-axis, providing a faster way to finish aligning tiles.

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Fotoba X/Y cutter at SGIA 2017.

Mobile Job Production Management

Keep track and manage your print work production or printer status without being in front of the machine. With this software’s you can keep track of the workflow even when you are out of the country.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Once you have finished all your print work, you ALWAYS need to check your final product prior to sending it to your customer. Unwinding meters and meters of printed rolls can be an exhaustive task. Fortunately, there are several equipments on the market that allow you to easily unwind, inspect, measure, and rewind media rolls.

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Photo courtesy www.matic.es.

Every day there is a new machine on the market, that claims it can solve all our problems. With this I do not mean that the way we used to work is not good, only that there are options that would help us improve our printing experience and that will allow us to be competitive at the same time.

If only I had known them before when I started as an operator of this type of equipment a couple of decades ago.

Just remember “Work Less, Work Smart”

 

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