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How Flatbed UV Print Enhances Productivity

Inevitably many print professionals reach a point where they need to add printing capacity with additional equipment. Do you invest in more of the same, shift to something more industrial, or change the approach entirely? Making that decision is difficult; a poor investment choice can have serious repercussions on the growth of a business.

Since it’s impossible to make the day longer than 24 hours, investing in a more efficient production method is critical. Let’s look at one of the most prevalent wide-format print products and examine the production method for a common application, printing on display boards

– Printing Rigid Boards with Roll-to-roll
Roll-to-roll wide-format printers are the first choice for most small-to-medium print businesses. Producing a rigid board for a building site hoarding or an event space is a three-step process:

1. PRINT THE ADHESIVE MEDIA
Once the media has been loaded and the device has been configured, the printing process can be fairly fast with the right equipment – especially if you don’t print in high-quality mode. Once the output is printed, you may need to wait until it is ready for application, depending on the ink you use.

2. LAMINATE THE OUTPUT
For outdoor work, permanent fixtures, or floor graphics, it’s recommended practice to cover the print with a film of protective laminating material. To do this effectively on a large piece of work, you will need a special laminating bench, including a full-width heated roller. Even with this method, bubbles and creases are not unavoidable, but it is more reliable than trying to laminate large sheets any other way.

3. APPLY TO THE BOARD
Now that the media is laminated, the next step is to apply it to the rigid board. Once again, the roller on the application table makes this much easier and less prone to costly mishaps.

A skilled operator or two can produce around 3-4 boards per hour using this method. Eventually, your business can only increase its output by increasing the number of devices and hiring more operators, which means investing in larger premises with higher overheads.

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