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raphics printers have been very aggressive in
investing in digital imaging technology; however, many
have forgotten that once capacity has been increased
on the back end, print providers need to be able to
handle their work efficiently from design to print to cut.
Time to market is mission critical. Therefore, optimizing the process between customer files coming in
and printing or cutting is essential. Reducing waste and
minimizing errors are key factors in remaining competitive. The idea of automated workflows for graphics
producers has gained steam over the past couple of
years. We see it in two fronts: First, RIP manufacturers
are identifying that, to maintain competitive, they have
had to add new features. Color management quickly
comes to mind.
While shops have experimented with commercial
print workflows, they have never been very specific to
the unique challenges of producing signs and displays.
So, while many existing workflows have been customized to do an ample job, a new class of solutions
suddenly appears: off-the-shelf workflows specifically
for the production of signage and graphics. Built with
modular features, they allow a print provider to choose
the features that are most important to them.
What do workflows do that make them attractive? How can they help resolve some of the challenges
and offer opportunities to a graphics producer?
This article discusses the role of
workflow-management software in
digital imaging and describes some
of the key features to consider.
GettinG tHe desiGn ready for print
Many customer-submitted files are not capable of going through a RIP. In most shops, there is usually only
one expert—the person everyone turns to when they
can’t process customers’ files. This person can usually
look at a file and almost immediately determine where
FiGure 1 preflighting automatically checks files for
errors and potential problems before they go to press.
this option can prevent costly press stoppages.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Screen Printing - April/May 2013
Screen Printing - April/may 2013
Keeping Pace With Digital
Creating Artwork for DTG
Perspectives on UV LED Curing
Form and Function: Digitally Decorated Textiles
Diving Into Digital Workflows
Screen Printing - April/May 2013