There are a lot of factors that go into printing a product. When something goes wrong, you have to take into consideration the paper, ink, toner, varnish, coating, and environment. It can sometimes feel overwhelming when you try to solve post-press paper problems and are faced with the many possibilities of what could be contributing to the problem. Although every problem is unique, there are a few that happen to crop up more often. Luckily, if you know what a problem is likely to be, you can jump ahead to the known solution. Here are some things you can do to prevent some of the most common post-press paper problems.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Guidelines
It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you aren’t following the manufacturer’s guidelines and you keep running into post-press paper problems, then it’s probably time to whip out the instruction manual. These guidelines were written by scientists who intensely studied the best way to operate your machinery. So, for example, if the guidelines state that temperature and humidity need to stay constant for the machine to work consistently, then make sure you aren’t turning off the heat or air conditioning over the weekend. The money saved in electric costs will only end up being lost to faulty printing jobs.
Communicate with Your Vendor
And that means all your vendors. While Atlantic Graphic Systems is happy to offer maintenance services for your printing equipment, you should also keep up with the latest changes from all of your material suppliers. If your supplier publishes a newsletter, be sure to read it. Or speak frequently to your salesperson for updates on changes to the materials. By keeping on top of changes, you’ll be able to adjust your machines accordingly if the paper manufacturing process changes.
Track and Measure Every Variable
Just as you want to keep track of any changes from your manufacturer, you also want to keep track of any changes in your own processes. Tracking and measuring the way a certain job is done will help you to identify the cause of a problem if you end up running the same job again down the road.
Atlantic Graphic Systems
Established in 1976, Atlantic Graphic Systems has been a premier equipment sales and service provider for forty years. The technology of printing has been integral to the communication of ideas and information for hundreds of years. We’re proud to work in this historic and dynamic field. If you’d like to order equipment or services, call us at 410-290-8200 or visit our Contact Page. Want to keep up with the latest news and information? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Linkedin!