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Finishing Options for Soft Signage and Banners
This article will take a look at some of the finishing options that are currently happening in this arena. More specifically, we will address cutting, sewing or welding as it relates to soft signage and banners (digital graphics printed on a textile or fabric-based material), and to some extent, garments.

Are You Finished Yet? Part 2
When I began this article on finishing, I made the assumption that finishing was something that always occurred at the end of the printing process. After all, it is called 'finishing.'

Are You Finished Yet? Part 1
Finishing a sign, banner, wrap or specialty item can be a multifaceted, potentially profitable process that should not be ignored.

Traditional Die Cutting Versus Digital Die Cutting
With increasing demand comes the growing need for better and faster technology in all sectors of the trade. This includes die cutting, a constantly evolving finishing technique that relies heavily on its relevance in the field.

Wide Format: Much More Than Just Print
Typically, signs, direct mail and printed collateral contribute to exposure, motivation and recognition of needs toward a product. These lower-value tools contribute to 30 percent of the buying decision. But research has demonstrated that 70 percent of purchasing decisions are made at the point of purchase.

The State of Digital Die-Cutting/Digital Finishing for Wide- and Grand-Format Print in 2014
Oh how the market has grown and changed to accommodate varying needs and wants in the digital finishing and cutting shops. Read on to see the most current trends.

Trends and Innovations in Cutting and Routing Technology
Output providers continue to look for new cutting, routing and finishing solutions to help them provide the latest products and services to meet their clients' needs.

Lasers Aren't Just for Acrylics Anymore
Lasers do a great job of cutting acrylic with highly polished edges in one pass, far better than it can be 'cut' by routers. Not everybody knows that they also can do a fantastic job with most of the traditional materials used in today's printing world. Using the latest laser technology, solutions abound that change the speed barriers normally associated with cutting and finishing of printed graphics using what have been the fastest of the available knife cutting/router systems.

Suppliers Take Automated Wide-Format Printing to the Next Level
The evolution in automation and workflow integration of wide-format printing can lower labor and production costs, as well as the ability to produce more short-run jobs with a quicker turn-around time and in a more cost effective manner.

Specialty Films & Laminates Open Doors for Print Providers
One of the big trends coming out of the finishing world has been the resurgence of specialty films and laminates.

Media & Finishing Drive Product & Market Differentiation
Evolving technologies such as textured finishes and printed fabrics are strong trends towards providing 'step-above' products which yield higher margins and help you to differentiate your company from the average shop.

UV Protection For Graphics
Learn to judge for yourself whether your graphics are going to last as long as they are supposed to last.

UV Coating Technology: Past, Present & Future
Besides quicker curing times, today's liquid coatings have advanced to offer a variety of specialty finishes and applications. What was once an offering of a basic gloss, luster or matte finish has blossomed into a host of coating types that include specialty products like dry erase, anti-graffiti and even anti-slip finishes. Truly, a window of opportunity has been opened when it comes to UV curable liquid coating technology in terms of reduced cost and a wider variety of available products.

Turning Finishing from a Cost Center into a Profit Center
While finishers are easy to use and do a great job with timely and accurate finishing, are your estimators capable of accurately determining the true costs associated with finishing? Based on my experience, this is still more of an art than a science and most printers do not estimate finishing very well.

Seaming and Edge Welding, Finishing Opportunities Abound
Printing your signs is more than half of the final product presented to your customers. However, it is not the entire result. How your finished product looks when it is hanging is critical to the final product's success.

Know Your Tools: Finishing with Efficiency
From year to year, many companies change the products they make, or begin producing new product lines in niche areas that require new and different finishing methods. In some shops, the steps taken to finish products are done with inappropriate tools.

Films to Enhance and Protect - Investigating Ongoing Developments in Laminate Films
Suppliers are responding to the present economy with more cost-effective materials thinner films and liners that offer the right amount of protection for the application.

Panel Saw, Table Saw, Mat Cutter or Combo Machine, which is Right for your Shop?