In the most recent issue of Wide-Format Imaging, the importance of fabric finishing is discussed, and it is explained why the correct equipment is crucial to finishing textiles, banners, and fabrics. Not only will it help to create the perfect product, but the right tools will cut down on labor costs as well as excess money spent on production.

Josh Marten, director of franchise business at Global Imaging, Inc. discussed in detail how without proper finishing, the quality of the print may be diminished or negated entirely.

“Setting up a shop with the right equipment for fabric finishing will lead to a successful and profitable business model without the bottlenecks, delays, and waste that could otherwise occur,” Marten said.

For example, he said, shops that create large runs of roll-based fabric that need to be cut will save hundreds of labor hour per year investing in a flatbed cutting system tooled for fabric that will automate the process.

In addition, current trends for medium and large print service providers (PSPs) are speed, automation, and any method of cutting down on the number of steps in the production process are becoming key for profitability. Investing in equipment that produces repeatable, consistent results will “cut down on human error, equipment error, and waste.”

Regardless of the base – paper or fabric – finishing is a crucial step to complete the design process. Proper finishing provides a polished look and sense of quality to a product. For documents specifically, lamination equipment is a necessary investment to ensure that well-designed prints are fully protected.

In addition, custom presentation binders are another way to neatly present a finished product. Documents of a similar format can be properly packaged together in a way that is easy to present, as well as file away.