Lets Talk The Usability For Your Wide Format Inkjet Printers
Since wide format inkjet printers are digital, it’s likely that you’ll encounter touchscreen interfaces more frequently than traditional hard buttons. Make sure the interface and operation of the machine is easy to learn so you can avoid time-consuming functional hurdles that can affect production.
Besides the user interface, think about the logistics of actually operating and maintaining your wide format printer:
Will your sublimation prints be easily accessible? Make sure there is enough room for you to remove the prints from the machine without causing damage to the print, the machine or anything else in the area.
Will replacing heavy rolls be too strenuous for the operator? If there isn’t enough room or the machine is too complicated, this could be a demanding process.
Can the sublimation printer confidently run unattended? Some printers have special features designed to mitigate print issues while printing unattended. These features give the operator the confidence to perform other tasks, like loading other printers, cutting/trimming, etc. This could end up impacting your labor costs.
The wider the printed substrate, the trickier the manual labor will be. There’s a great difference between that 44-inch wide Epson and 10-foot wide Mimaki when you think about changing rolls or removing substrates. Make sure your personnel can handle the tasks, or go with a brand that has an easy take up system.