When selecting a wide-format printing solution the ultimate objective should be to select the equipment that delivers optimum productivity and is best suited to your business goals.
Océ outlines the importance of going beyond the “spec sheet” to find the wide format printing solution that best fits your overall workflow requirements.
What Makes a Wide Format Workflow Productive: The Four Components
Wide format production printing equipment should make each stage of your company’s unique workflow – from pre-production, to production and post -production – more efficient. When selecting your equipment, it is important to consider the following four components and how the system affects the user’s overall productivity.
- Quality: The output produced on a wide format system is indicative of the machine’s quality. Factors that influence quality include the dots per inch of the print engine and scanner, the fusing process used, the algorithm used to digitize hardcopy input and scan technology. Equipment that delivers consistently high quality prints and copies with any original, in any mode, means that users do not have to worry about lost information or unusable output.
Traditional inkjet systems force users to choose between print speed and quality since users can select only one print setting for a file or job. However, systems equipped with intelligent print technology that automatically adjusts printer settings based on the image content without additional operator adjustment means sacrificing print speed for print quality is no longer an issue. In addition, equipment that uses radiant fusing methods vs. conventional fuser roller technology offers no resolution loss, dot size degradation or line fuzziness. Likewise, scanners equipped with intelligent scanning technology provide the capability to improve the quality of an original.
- Reliability: Often defined by system uptime and parts replacement requirements, system reliability is critical to a user’s workflow. Look for equipment that is designed for durability and requires minimal service visits and parts replacements. Also, consider the benefits of completely closed toner systems that eliminate the need to regularly clean toner from the printer’s interior and make it easy to load toner, even while the system is printing.
- Ease of Use: The equipment you select must be easy to use. How a user interacts with a wide format system is a critical component of overall productivity. Daily tasks such as media roll changing, output collation and job management or submission all affect overall productivity as it relates to the user experience. Traditional inkjet equipment often presents multiple drawbacks, such as cumbersome media handling, poor job submission options and disorganized stacking of output.
Seeking out equipment that delivers the greatest media flexibility, a full range of print/job submission management tools and organized document output enhances users’ experience with the equipment – while improving overall efficiency.
- Throughput: It is important to realize that mechanical print speed is only one component of throughput, and the difference between many systems is marginal. Capabilities such as controller processing power, queue management, instant-on availability and copy/scan productivity are more critical to achieving greater throughput.
Advanced systems offer powerful controllers that can handle complex files and concurrent task, templates to simplify recurring tasks, enable one-touch operation and provide custom settings that can be tuned to the company’s unique copying and scanning workflow. The result – users experience increased efficiency and productivity, lowered risk of mistakes and greater ease-of-use; meaning jobs are completed faster and more accurately.
Achieving a productive workflow can have a significant impact on a user’s everyday operations and an organization’s overall business goals – including those tied to operational performance, profitability and business growth. Going beyond the spec sheet when selecting a wide format printing solution will address not only the challenges faced by individual users but those across your entire organization.