Why Should Print Shops Consider Investing In Automation?

Advances in technology have been transforming the way companies do business, and the print industry is no exception...

Advances in technology have been transforming the way companies do business, and the print industry is no exception as forward thinking software firms have long been finding ways to make wide format print more profitable.

The number of jobs coming through to print shops is increasing at the same time as the speed of presses, which are faster than ever thanks to the latest hardware developments. As a result, having multiple RIPs and operators involved at various stages of the job is no longer efficient and can compromise accuracy. Automation offers a practical solution and is fast becoming the only way to handle higher volumes of jobs profitably and productively.

Whilst smaller boutique shops may view automation as the technology of multinational print operations, the reality is that they will need to adapt in order to remain competitive with the bigger players. Investing in an automated system ensures ‘live’ print jobs are right first time, every time – and can be repeated to the same exact standards, whilst improving time efficiencies.

Some of the key features to seek in automated software are:

  • The ability to ‘pre-flight’ jobs automatically
  • Intelligent re-calibration of devices to keep consistency across the output
  • A single workflow/ripping solution that delivers across the whole organization
  • Standardized printing for zero-effort job handling
  • Company-wide integrated RIP workflows
  • Smart integrated workflow, ideally one job ticket created in the MIS which drives the entire production workflow
  • Automated or semi-automated tool set that boosts job prep productivity (pre-press)
  • Integrated automated and semi automated finishing (post-press)

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