Digital Printing

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Digital printing has made inroads into certain industries, but, despite its promise, has not been adopted to any great extent by others. Those who make their living by printing--offset printers, commercial printers--use the many devices that have been on the market for a decade. Creative professionals, on the other hand, who work at designing, publishing, and advertising agencies, have not taken to digital technology in any great numbers.

Nevertheless, commercial printers believe this technology to be of great importance for the future of industrial printing. One major company has long-since manufactured toner-based web presses; another produces liquid ink and sheet-fed presses. Direct-imaging printers are also quite successful--all produce excellent results.

Digital Printing in the Future

One of the most famous brand-name corporations has manufactured the result of expensive research and development, a machine that can print 100 color page every minute. Single-pass imaging and new toners--dry inks--make this machine a great step forward in practical digital applications. If digital printing is the wave of the future, such extraordinary machines as this will help to prove it to skeptics.

The advantages of digital printing are many and important. For one thing, customized designs and printing arrangements are easily programmed, and these can be produced on a mass scale, even for coding and marking. Excellent workflow efficiency is another notable characteristic of digital systems. Businesses can have output on demand and great inventory control with digital technology.

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