With 2017 finally upon us, it’s always worth examining how one can improve their business. If you’re using old, dated printing and bindery equipment, you could stand to gain a lot by updating it. Duplo USA recommends upgrading equipment at least every five to eight years due to increased efficiencies and automation features. While well maintained bindery equipment can last a very long time in service of a print shop, there comes a point when every piece of equipment needs upgrading or replacing.
Efficiency is Key
Most older machines will remain dependable with ongoing maintenance, but efficiency is a consideration that shouldn’t go overlooked. If your business is looking to meet stringent deadlines and earn money in the process, new finishing equipment is a wise investment. The machines of yesteryear are woefully inefficient compared to contemporary equipment. If your business is looking to maintain or gain a competitive advantage, having the right post-press finishing solutions can play a huge role in realizing your business’s profit-earning potential.
Even in the past five years advancements in technology have led to the development of new solutions for equipment. Modern equipment tends to have superior modularity, accessibility, and comes in a wider variety of products that can utilize variable data print technology and reduce make-ready time. In short, modern post-press finishing equipment can do more, faster, and with less user input. Conversely, investing in older refurbished equipment may not be worth it due to the scarcity of parts and qualified technicians that can service it.
When planning to update your finishing solutions, consider that one-to-one replacement of equipment and systems with similar capabilities is not a particularly wise investment. Rather, you should take into account growth plans and any amount of work that is being outsourced due to lack of equipment capabilities. Also consider how you can expedite make-ready time by increasing automation, product flexibility, and ease of maintenance and performance.
Atlantic Graphic Systems Is Your Premier Printing and Binding Equipment Supplier
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!