Print technology is constantly developing. Every year, these changes depend on evolving developments or revolutionary technology.
According to Woolston Printing, who has been in the printing industry for 90 years, the ink jet printing will have a positive effect on commercial printing. Document security will start to get into the mainstream of job requirements.
Ink jet for Commercial Printing
Personal use printers have been using ink jet printers for a while now, but it has taken that long before commercial printers have adopted these for their clients.
The development of sheeted ink jet printers has allowed continuous printing over large format printers. This allows commercial printers the flexibility to offer high-quality images to their customers. Currently, these are still only available as short-run production due to the cost of printing.
However, the cost of ink has been steadily going down. It is only a matter of time before ink jets can be at a competitive footing with electro photographic and offset printing.
Besides the lower cost of ink, there are now inks that can print to glossy coated paper without any prior pretreatment. Another innovation is layered or textured printing, which adds another visual dimension to printed works.
Demand for Document Security
Document security was formerly limited or restricted to special printing presses. The whole point of document security is that printing these would be expensive, which would dissuade any counterfeiters.
Nowadays, there are ways to ensure the security of these documents. That includes holograms, intaglio printing, micro printing, geometric lathe work, simulated watermarks, security threads, magnetic ink, optically variable colour-changing inks, fluorescent dyes and special paper.
A combination of these methods is used to ensure the security of the print jobs.
The aim of security features for documents is to ensure that the document has not been falsified, or that it is not a counterfeit. These are particularly useful for high-security design needs such as passports, high-security cards, tax stamps, and vouchers.
Other uses that traditionally did not make use of security features include tickets and coupons, company access cards, bank cards, certificates, and diplomas.
Commercial printing has been changing with technology and the evolving needs of clients. The use of ink jet printing has made it possible to have short-run high-quality printing in large format form. The use of security methods has also enabled printers to offer secure documents to their clients.