Figuring Out Printers
Wide-format print is one of the most vibrant sectors of the digital print market, as evidenced by the 22,000 people who made their way to Fespa London in June 2013. There are three major driver to this trend that is being observed from all over the world, customer are pushing for better quality and specialist as well as the need for increased productivity.
There is also a wide rate of technological development in the area of wide format print. This has therefore resulted into wide opportunities for market as new ways of package prototyping as well as fabric printing emerge each day.
There however seems to be a problem when it comes to integrating the business of an individual and the production of wide print despite there being improvements each day.
The wide format printers are operated in isolation as compared to all the other kinds of ERP systems. This does not happen because integration devices are not available but because the customers lack focus and awareness in automation.
The printing cost is only a small amount of cost to the total cost incurred when it comes to wide format printing as its finishing are generally very elaborate. Wide format printing most of the time happen as a one time job that requires a lot of time management, elaborate finishing as well as shipping and creative inputs. Most of the producers of wide format print are very reluctant in accepting automation as the norm of this kind of jobs is customerization.
This manual approach can lead to inefficiencies in production management, and may result in material wastage and quality inconsistencies both between devices and over time. The other problem is associated with the inability to load balanced work across machines leading some machines being left idle.
Over time, the areas in the production process that are manual usually call for additional costs which are not included win the cost of production oftenly. Since most of this jobs use per square costing method, it is usually very difficult to be able to account for every cost incurred and therefore leading to them being sold at a loss. Since there are no bottlenecks in place, it becomes very difficult to identify those areas whereby money is being lost as there are no available details to facilitate this.
The wide format printer will be crowded very soon and this will create awn increase pressure to offset the extra costs.