Standard Finishing
4Over

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Digital Offset Presses

Collapse
CanonKonica Minolta
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Digital Offset Presses

    Are Direct Impression, Digital Offset presses as good at color management as they claim?

    I am considering converting all of our print to CMYK and sending to a DI printer, but I am concerned about color matching, sustainability, and the claims of 24 hour turn-around time.

    the trades say they are taking over the print market, currently at 45%. Is that true? Any horror stories?

  • #2
    Re: Digital Offset Presses

    DI press can be just as consistance as any offset press.

    di's taking over the market place. don't tell heidelberg they don't make a di anymore.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Digital Offset Presses

      "DI" is a pretty broad term. You have the original Heidelberg DI which is an offset process using plate material imaged right on the press. You have high-speed xerographic devices, like the docucolors, which use electro-static and toner technology. You have inkjet solutions, like the Screen TruePress, using high-speed inkjet on rolls of paper. And you have "dry-ink" devices like the Indigo and/or the NexPress which combine electro-static and offset techniques with a state-change (solid to gas or solid to liquid) of the "ink".

      As to "taking over the print market", it's all a numbers game. The breaking point on digital print is usually around 2500-5000 impressions - not pieces, impressions. After that conventional offset processes become more cost effective. There are also substrate restrictions involved. You're not gonna' be able to run 24 point board or 30# newsprint through any digital print devices that I know of. On the other hand you may find that there are plastics that move very nicely through these devices - yields a pretty cool business card.

      Depending on the process used, consistency of the color ranges from good to unstable. Some of the processes are laying what is basically a colored plastic on the paper and so may show cracking when folded. Some of the processes yield a product that may change color over time, but the market sectors involved aren't any that require archival properties. These are quick products - quickly produced, quickly distributed and quickly consumed.

      rich

      Edited by: Rich Apollo on Jun 4, 2008 11:23 AM

      Comment

      4OverStandard FinishingDuploSmartsoft (Presswise)AleyantCanonKBA
      4OverStandard FinishingDuploAleyantCanonGraph ExpoLabelexpoKBAKBASmartsoft (Presswise)Chili publish4 Pees

      What's Going On

      Collapse

      There are currently 4733 users online. 97 members and 4636 guests.

      Most users ever online was 6,597 at 10:25 AM on 04-20-2018.

      Working...
      X