When we think about photos it has changed a lot in the last 20 years, when appeared the first digital cameras and the way to shot and keep photos in our memory turned by paper to SNS medias, like Instagram and Pinterest.
It was common to reveal a camera film, so we went to photo lab and after some days (I said days, not hours) we back to get these. And that moment to check the pictures was very apprehensive and surprised due we did not exactly know how the photos were: sometimes too dark, too light, damaged, burned in the corners, unfocused, etc. We just realized the quality in this moment and unfortunately there was not another way to retry a new one, because the film was able to be revealed just once.
With digital cameras the shots became trivial and the magic moment of surprise disappeared in the first moment, due was too banal to: take a photo, check in the screen, edit or simply delete it. Finally we did not need a special photo lab, we could do everything by ourselves. Also main of people preferred to store the pictures just digitally and the revelation was used just for special occasions, like: wedding ceremony, graduation party, birthday and so on. It was incremented when mobiles started to take pictures too.
Fortunately this cycle changed again and from a few years to now the revelation gained a good way to be used: photobook. It is a super idea to conciliate paper photo, from a special moment and accessible price. You could use ready templates and apply a theme for your moment, turning it in a unique one. Also you have the own author feelings, due you can DIY (do-it-yourself) and only one unit of production, deeply special.
Although, for this use the conventional minilab (chemical process) revelation is not the best way, because we are talking about a book in the essence. Also digital minilab (evolution of conventional one) has the same point, used for separate photography. Drylab could be a solution, but the high cost of final photo is impeditive. Conclusion: digital printer.
With digital printer it is possible to achieve the same photo quality level through RGB-colours, several kinds of paper quality and thickness, production speed and optimize paper format. Beyond, thinking about photobook, you can print in one-pass 2 images to be folded and turn in a page front and back sides, for example.
For sure, to guarantee the excellent and precise finishing which a photo requires, a properly equipment is necessary and in this case AeroCut Series from UCHIDA has been much more common and used. Due the register sheet-a-sheet with automatic correction, no need dedicated operator while machine is running, automatic feeding system, automatic stacking system, automatic setup of tools and smoothly silent operation.
Additionally with AeroCut Series creasing is available to use in photobooks just clamped by hard cover or even for binding and stitching. This crease system has male/female tools enabling a perfect folding for long years without any scratch or damage for the paper.
Versatile use of AeroCut Series, some photo labs is already using for pictures 10x15cm (4”x6”) where it is possible to use until 9 (nine) images in a sheet, resulting in a great low cost of production and stable running job. It is much more professional and has much more advantages then use linear guillotine (see article with this comparison: Digital finishing: turns your business more profitable).
This combination of use, between digital printer and AeroCut Series is make a revolution to print photos, due the production cost is at least 3 times lower than conventional minilab, until 10 times lower than digital minilab and over 15 times lower than drylab. Furthermore our process is: no chemicals, no specialist operator, no temperature and humidity environment controlled, no huge plant floor required, no 3-phase infrastructure, etc. Besides the perfect cutting (and creasing when needed) we can provide a clean, easy, practice and future tendency solution.
(Written by Caio)
The goods market is under constant changes and it reflects the behaviour of world society in general. From some last one to two decades up to now the customized products coming to be more usual and required, most of the times are results of population behaviour´s who demands more individual products than big packs or different colours depending of region´s culture. Also it is a well done way to achieve potential end-users, through the segmentation of product. Therefore find niches of markets you can supply for repressed demand, evoke new customers and loyalty them to your product or service.
And the graphic market is straight connected to this conduct above, due digital printing is enable to supports the low and medium quantity of items, keeps high quality and very short delivery – main positive point. Besides there are many cases of variable data for approach your target customer as a very unique one.
In the other hand there is no space for mistakes, delays neither wastes. The workflow needs to be stable, constant and accuracy of repeatability is an important matter in the proccess. Hence to finish a job is so important than printing and it is the final stage, it means if you make mistake it is necessary to reprint the job.
Thus finishing for digital must be at same level of printing, with specific machines dedicated for this kind of job. Unfortunatelly it is common to see some adaptation from offset flow to digital one, although the concept to work is different, then the result cannot be the same expected. For example, it is not conceivable to use 10 sheets at 100 copies or takes 1 hour of setup for 200 products.
Digital printing requests equipments “ready-to-use” where the setup time superimposes the running speed, the machine can runs stable without dedicated operator, the workflow uses the less steps as possible and the footprint is the minimum one.
One example of this situation is to use linear guillotine to cut final products as business card, flyer, postal card, greeting card and so on with squared corners. To avoid the concerns from the paragraph before, UCHIDA supplies AeroCut Series since 2007 and already sold over than 500 units at almost 80 countries all over the world.
AeroCut Series is divided in 3 models: Nano (entrance model, indicated for fotos, business card and postal card), Classic (best seller card cutter, indicated for promotional market in general) and Quatro (top model, indicated whom looks for more productivity). Those are Japanese made and we have own patents, like double slitters.
+ with AeroCut Series you can save from 40% up to 70% of footprint compared to linear guillotine (66cm large)
+ AeroCut Series weigh only from 1/3 up to 1/9 compared to linear guillotine (66cm large)
+ with AeroCut Series you can save from 80% to 95% power consumption compared to linear guillotine (66cm large)
Choose proper finishing equipment enables smooth workflow, continuous repeatability, one button press setup, automatic feeding and separator. It results in low cost of production and reflects more mark-up for your business.
(Written by Caio)