There are times when a hybrid printer is the more suitable option. Space in your premises may dictate, or budget in fact, however there remains a very strong argument for investing in separate roll-to-roll and flatbed hardware.
The most obvious benefit in operating with separate machines is that of productivity. If you have a hybrid machine you can only process one print job at a time using only one printing technique. If you have separate machines you can carry out different jobs simultaneously. Combining popular Mimaki products such as the JFX200 8’ x 4’ LED UV Flatbed printer with a roll-to-roll option such as the high-speed JV300 solvent printer or the versatile new UCJV LED UV roll-fed printer/cutter is a productive and profitable solution.
The JFX200 delivers a highly desirable combination of quality, speed and value and its flatbed format means that it is ideally suited to the production of rigid display boards, packaging and exhibition panels. Mimaki roll-to-roll printers on the other hand are the perfect tool for producing complementary flexible graphics such as banners, posters and vehicle liveries in high volumes and using a choice of ink types.
With two different types of wide format print technology in their arsenal; professional sign and graphics producers now have the opportunity to expand their business horizons by meeting customer demands ever more effectively, with better productivity and profitability as the ultimate prize. Add to the mix the creative opportunities available with the JFX200, such as glass splashbacks or printed tiles, along with the many textile printing options of the UCJV, including in-demand backlit printing for lightboxes, and it’s easy to see how keeping things separate will benefit their print business.