Digital Finishing -- Making a Stitch in Time
Checking Your Coat
So far, none of the three executives has seen any significant trend toward customers expanding the range of their finishing services requests, even as they buy more digital printing and as the market matures. Coating may qualify as “what’s hot,” nonetheless, with vendors introducing new solutions for UV spot and flood coating.
Delbridge reports that Mimeo.com has looked at UV options, but has found its customers are happy with the coating capabilities provided by the intelligent coating solution in the fifth imaging unit of its Kodak Nexpress machines and the near-line Nexpress glossing unit. Its work generally doesn’t end up being mailed, though.
CGX is already using near-line solutions for UV coating with some of its HP Indigo presses and is now working with the manufacturer on implementing its in-line option, as well, according to Ude. It has also looked at the in-line UV option for the Xerox iGen3, but hasn’t moved forward because both the coater and the organization’s existing in-line bookletmakers can’t be installed at the same time, he notes.
Which is yet one more wrinkle that can figure into the in-, near- or off-line buying decision. Printing companies like to say they are unique in their marketing materials but, when it comes to determining the best approach to digital finishing, there’s a good deal more truth in that statement. PI