Jennifer Wilberschied is the senior editor for the Printing, Packaging and Publishing Group.

Denise Gustavson is the Editorial Director and Special Projects Editor for the Printing & Packaging Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePRINTING, In-plant Graphics and Wide-Format Impressions magazines, among other brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wide-Format Impressions.

As wide-format inkjet devices have developed greater capacity, allowing graphics producers to do more, it has become imperative that finishing technologies can keep up. Laser-enabled cutting systems can cut faster, in more shapes, and can add embellishments to production that a knife-based cutters just can’t do.

The new HP Pagewide XL Pro printers, the XL Pro 5200 MFP and Pro 8200 MFP, have features that add clarity within that blur, awarding users with greater capability, exceptional ease of use, and top-shelf reliability at a low cost of operation.

Technology has changed and evolved, so what applications are still a good fit for solvent printing? Canvas reproductions, vehicle wraps, and stickers/decals are the top choices, “because of the high quality and color reproducibility that solvent printers can accomplish with a low total cost of ownership."

At one time, the only consideration when looking at digital printing with water-based inks was whether it was dye- or pigment-based. Fast forward to today and the choices are much broader and diverse. When deciding what printer or ink technology, remember it’s all about application, application, application.

There’s never been a better time to consider adding dye-sublimation and other fabric printing technologies to your operation.

In the past decade, digital color printing technology has improved drastically on many fronts, not the least of which is the rise of five-color print, powered in part by the introduction of high-quality, affordable five-color presses that bring more print providers into the five-color fold.

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