Digital printing speed is much higher than that of typical computer printers, although slightly lower than offset (for typical digital printers working in electrophotographic technology, it closes in the range from a few to approx. 200 A4 / min.
Advantages of digital printing
There are many of them. But this techique is not suitable for all types of prints. But let’s see, what are the main pros of it:
- Execution of orders „off the shelf”. The preparation phase is very short and can take place during the printing of other orders.
- The quality of the print received is much higher than that of a typical printer or plotter and is similar to offset printing.
- Printable on a wide range of substrates and weights.
- Savings due to lack of proofs. The first printout descending from the machine is a printout.
The lack of the need to prepare a printing mold significantly reduces printing costs, especially for small and very small print runs, and gives a very short time to get the first print job. Is it good for printing liquid boxes?
Liquid boxes and digital printing – price
The price of printing only one copy and the price of printing one copy in a large print run is the same, while the market prices of these copies, taking into account the preparatory phase (computer processing), differ little, much less than in the case of offset, and this is in practice a ratio of approx. 1:2 to 1:5:5 (for offset it would be several orders of magnitude higher). Each time a print image is renewed, you can personalize printouts, e. g. assigning an individual serial number to each printout, using address lists, etc.
There is no stoppage between successive orders and their archiving and reprinting is simple, fast and, what is very important, repeatable. Completely digital image processing offers a number of possibilities, such as scaling or easy and full color management. Possibility of using many colors, including additional ones, and color printing in various colour models (CMYK, Hexachrome and others and in-house systems of device manufacturers). There’s no offsets typical for offset ink set cleaning when changing colors, and it’s easy and fast to replace toner cartridges.