How Bolt-On Inkjet Units offer a Solution for Printers Looking to Take the Leap into the Digital Printing World
Digital Printing Benefits
Members of the printing industry are aware that digital printing technology offers significant benefits in a variety of applications, allowing for mass customization, product tracking and faster than ever turnaround times. These benefits can add up to some serious savings, in both time and money. But what if you aren’t ready to trade in your anilox rolls for a digital imaging array? Going digital is an all or nothing decision, right? Think again.
Cue The Bolt-On Unit
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) recognized that some printers were interested in adopting digital printing technologies, but had no interest in going through an overhaul of their entire pressroom. This prompted the design of what they call bolt-on units. These are digital stations meant to fit directly on your existing presses, whether it’s a standard or custom-built unit. This allows the printer to add the benefits of digital printing to their pressroom floor, with only minor adjustments, effectively giving them the best of both worlds. These bolt-on units can be effective in a range of applications, including label barcoding, finished product quality control marking, variable data and promotional messages on retail packaging—just to name a few.
So Where Does Wikoff Digital Come In?
Wikoff Digital treats every custom hybrid bolt-on unit solution as a team endeavor, combining the efforts of you (the end-user), the integrator (bolt-on unit manufacturer) and Wikoff Digital. We want to help you through this process, to ultimately help you be more successful and profitable. Wikoff Digital works with you to understand your specific digital printing needs, any project details and preferences regarding ink chemistry. Based on your feedback, Wikoff Digital discusses the opportunity with our preferred hardware integrators and selects the best fit for your requirements. Wikoff Digital then acts as your liaison, setting up meetings between all parties involved and requesting preliminary proposals and quotes from each integrator option. When you have selected the integrator that’s right for you, the process of developing a custom hybrid bolt-on solution really begins. Whether you choose to purchase Wikoff Digital ink products through our integrator partner, or directly, Wikoff Digital remains engaged through-out the entire process, putting the capstone on our consultative partnership.
What exactly does Wikoff Digital bring to the table?
Experience with developing Custom Bolt-On Unit solutions
Experience with formulating digital inks
Experience working with Integrators