You might be surprised when observing how fast our printing industry has been changing in a short time since technology and digital printing appeared. What we’ve already had today might be quickly obsolete tomorrow. So, let’s check what is changing:
Digital printing technologies
The major factor that boosts the change in printing technology is the born of digital printing technologies. While print used to be dominated by letterpress, digital has become the dominant printing process. It is undeniable that digital printing comes with some outstanding advantages in comparison to the traditional one, including:
- Cost: With large print jobs, you might say that the amount of cost you can save is not considerable but if with small and medium ones, you will be surprised. Cause offset printing will take you a lot of money and effort to set up the whole process, so each time of operating, it will require a huge quantity to cover the setup cost and earn benefit. In contrast, with digital printing technology, no matter how small or large a project is, the cost is still cheap.
- Accuracy: When you have a digital image, no matter how many times you print it, technology can accurately produce the same high-quality image. One of the main disadvantages of traditional offset printing was the amount of waste that was created, which is a problem that’s eliminated with digital printing.
- Quick Turnaround: When traditional offset printing was the dominant printing technology, it involved a lengthy preparation of the printing press. In comparison, digital printing is a quick printing method where files can be printed out immediately.
- Medium of Printing: Digital printing can be used to print on a variety of different or unusual surfaces, including vinyl, you don’t need to worry about the size, finish, or surface of the paper. With offset printing, the answer is no
Digital Inkjet Printing
In several recent years, advanced digital inkjet printers which are faster, more reliable, and of higher quality has step by step dominated the market, which leads to a steady drop of offset printing. Professional-grade and high-speed inkjet printers are able to render text at up to 4,000 words per minute, and speeds for images and graphics are nearly at that level. Let’s take examples of 2 digital printers:
- Indigo 10000: I can say that this is the most cost-effective printer. You want a short printing run or a high-value variable data page, this printer covers a wide variety of applications. The superior quality of the Indigo 10000 allows it to be compatible with more than 3,000 different substrates, such as coated, uncoated, metallic, pressure sensitive, and specialty plastics.
- Indigo 7900: The Indigo 7900 digital printer offers intelligent automation, high productivity, and unprecedented quality. It also boasts the Vision System, allowing for an uptime to a maximum and operator error to a minimum.