Preparing for a Wide-format Future
While purchasing new equipment is certainly exciting, with the visions of all the new applications it will open up for your shop, you can’t simply “buy it and they will come.” Planning for the future and how to expand the business is critical for ensuring long-term success.
As you walk the PRINTING United show floor and check out the latest innovations, cutting-edge technologies, and new substrate options, take a few moments to consider these points as well.
Don’t get carried away.
It’s easy to get excited by all the amazing options on the show floor, but don’t forget to think about how the equipment will fit into your operation. Does it add new capabilities, expand capacity, or improve speed and quality? If it doesn’t do at least one of those, then take a step back. You’ll also want to make sure the solutions you choose are scalable to account for future growth, as well as able to integrate with the back-end systems you’re using, such as your RIP, prepress, and workflow software.
Toni McQuilken is the senior editor for the printing and packaging group.