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The Role of Cutting/Routing Systems in the Digital-Finishing Workflow

(March 2006) posted on Wed Mar 22, 2006

This article explores the features and functions of digital finishing systems and explains what benefits they can provide.

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By Beatrice Drury, Pete Alsten

Here's the scenario: You got involved in digital large-format printing a few years ago and, by now, have several wide-format solvent inkjet printers. You recently added, or are in the process of adding, a flatbed UV inkjet printer and may already be looking for another one. You're busy trying to keep up with rapidly evolving printing technologies, and as a result, you've put off dealing with the ever-worsening bottlenecks in your finishing department.

The drum cutter/plotter in your shop can barely keep up with the volume of graphics printed on flexible media. The situation is worse with rigid substrates. You don't even want to think about all of the people in finishing wielding X-Acto knives or manning the saws


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