Ink Types for your Printing Needs – UV Inks

Ink Types for your Printing Needs – UV Inks

Sean Profera, Mac Papers and Packaging’s Wide Format Sales Director is back with another great topic on ink types for your printing needs. This week he is explaining UV ink benefits and the ability to print on various materials.

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Ink Types for your Printing Needs – Solvent & Eco Solvent

Ink Types for your Printing Needs – Solvent & Eco Solvent

Sean Profera, Mac Papers and Packaging’s Wide Format Sales Director, explains one of the most popular ink types used in large format printing, solvent and eco-solvent! This ink is durable for outdoor displays and prints beautifully with high color pop.

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10 Questions You Need to Answer Before You’re Ready to Buy Wide Format Equipment By Paul Granaroli

10 Questions You Need to Answer Before You’re Ready to Buy Wide Format Equipment By Paul Granaroli

Decisions, decisions. There are plenty to make when it comes to researching, testing, and eventually investing in a wide format printer. That’s why it’s wise to address the following questions well in advance of making your purchase.

1. What are your overall business objectives?

Before you take a deep dive into product particulars, features, and benefits, take a step back to assess your organization’s overarching business objectives. Answer the age-old question: Where do you see your organization in three, five, ten years? This will help guide your decisions around which wide format technology fits the bill for your business.

2. What are your current printing capabilities and what are your future goals?

Are you looking to scale up existing operations or are you starting a wide format production program from scratch? Will this investment solve an immediate problem or is it more aspirational? Having a firm grasp of where you stand will help you get to where you’re going.

3. What works about your current print setup and what doesn’t?

The employees operating your equipment on a day-to-day basis will have the best insight into what is and isn’t working, so don’t neglect to collect and implement their feedback. Use this firsthand knowledge to inform decisions around your printer purchase and close the gap between your current and ideal future state.

4. What types of projects do you plan to produce?

The answer to this question tends to spawn many others: Will you be printing on PVC or foam core? Falconboard or acrylic? Are your printed pieces for outdoor display or indoor use? Do you want UV or solvent? Know what your projects require and what purpose they’re fulfilling.

5. How much volume do you put out?

Understanding how many boards or square feet you’ll be printing per hour is crucial. Consider the size and frequency of your print jobs—do you have more large-scale one-offs or are you printing continuous projects? The answer could dictate what size, type, and even what brand of wide format printer you buy.

6. How will your new printer integrate into your existing production?

Making sure your new machine plays well with your current equipment and software is key, as is factoring its physical footprint into your production workflow.

 7. Do you have the people power to run your printing program?

Wide format technology is designed to be user friendly, and most of it is—a veteran printing technician can get up and running on a new machine or software in a matter of hours. At Mac Papers and Packaging, we provide personalized training for any customer who needs it. Our goal is to empower your business and your people with the tools they need to produce their best work.

8. What are the details of the warranty and who will be responsible for repairs?

Aftermarket products and services, such as warranties, are often an afterthought for buyers. Resist the urge to overlook the fine print, including who is responsible for repairs. If the responsible party is located far from where you’re based, maintenance and repairs can become a logistical headache.

 9. Has the printer you’re considering been tested in the market?

It’s never a good idea to be the guinea pig for a product that hasn’t been road tested and user approved. Some wide format manufacturers might offer deep discounts on their newest models, but that can turn out to be a risky investment. You want a product that’s demonstrated its utility, quality, and durability in the field, especially if you plan to rely on this printer for significant, high-visibility projects.

 10. What type of environment will the equipment be placed in?

Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity level, and air quality all play an integral role in how well your wide format printer performs. For example, if it’s placed in an area where the air quality is poor, aerial debris can attach itself to your machine’s print heads and damage them, so consider your equipment’s placement carefully.

While not an exhaustive list, starting to answer these questions will help you select a wide format printer that will serve your needs for years to come.




You can print on anything with wide format equipment

You can print on anything with wide format equipment

Mac Papers and Packaging’s Wide Format Sales Director, Sean Profera explains what can be printed on with large format equipment.

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Supply Chain Setbacks: Managing the Disruption By Chris Jones

Supply Chain Setbacks: Managing the Disruption By Chris Jones

Two years ago, a slew of consumer goods from toilet paper and hand sanitizer to cars and pet food were suddenly hard to come by. A perfect storm of factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and labor shortages, swept the globe and crippled supply networks across a range of industries and geographic locations.

Although many businesses have bounced back, paper, packaging, and printing supplies are still low, which is driving up costs for both manufacturers and buyers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of wood pulp—the raw material used in paper—has risen 50.2% over the past year. As a result, the price of paper has gone up 16% since last summer. Some companies in the wide format space have seen prices increase between 25% and 40% over the past six to nine months. Experts predict these tight conditions will continue into 2023.

While you can’t anticipate every bump in the road ahead, there are strategies and tools you can deploy to help you see around the next corner, ensuring your business’s supply needs are met. Here are a few ways to stay stocked when your go-to products are in short supply.

Proactively Invest in Inventory Needs

To say that typical ordering and shipping timelines have become unpredictable is an understatement. At Mac Papers and Packaging, we’ve seen lead times on certain imports jump from three months to five, with container freight costs shooting from $3,500 to as high as $27,000. Prices are changing at a rapid pace, and inventory outages are a real concern for most printing and packaging-related companies.

That means inventory management is more important now than ever. If you don’t have a structured inventory process in place, start small by taking practical, proactive steps to avoid running out of materials. For example, if you know how much product you typically use per quarter or even per year, place preemptive orders weeks or, ideally, months in advance. Investing in inventory management will also help with overall cash flow and capacity planning.

This is where your distributor comes in—they will understand your supply needs as well as (or possibly better than) you do, particularly if you’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship. They can play a key role in determining proper stock levels, securing competitive pricing, and planning for the future.

 Stay Flexible

Partnering with a distributor that carries multiple products, brands, and types of components will make it easier to adapt to fluctuating supply and demand. It’s always beneficial to have options, especially when your first choice isn’t available. That means you might have to try a new brand or experiment with different materials. Working with new materials can be challenging, but your distributor can help you navigate Option B when supply chain issues strike and Option A isn’t available.

Trying new things might even result in a happy accident: Recently, a Mac Papers and Packaging customer was unable to purchase the brand name vehicle wrap they typically used for printing. We were able to find a suitable alternative at a lower price than their usual choice, which was a welcome win for the client.

Communicate with Customers

Whether you’re simply providing a status update or delivering not-so-great news, it’s crucial that you keep the lines of communication open between you and your customers. Because even when a single node of your supply chain goes haywire, the ripple effects can be felt down to the end user.

Due in part to the ubiquity of push notifications and AI-generated status updates, customers expect to be informed. No one wants to be blindsided by a late shipment or product shortage, and your customers will reward you with their loyalty if they feel you are doing everything in your power to help them reach their goals.

Despite the ongoing nature of these supply chain challenges, you can soften the blow to your business by planning ahead, communicating effectively, and partnering with a dealer that can work with you to secure the supplies you need.




Picking the right wide format equipment

Picking the right wide format equipment

Mac Papers and Packaging’s Wide Format Sales Director, Sean Profera explains some things you should know when picking a large format printer.

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Try Before You Buy: The Importance of Seeing Your Wide Format Printer In Person By Sean Profera

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Try Before You Buy: The Importance of Seeing Your Wide Format Printer In Person By Sean Profera

Anyone with an Amazon account can attest to the convenience of ecommerce. As consumers, whether we’re buying for personal use or making a business purchase, we’ve grown accustomed to window shopping via our phone or computer screens, swapping in-person demonstrations for online walkthroughs and digital recreations.

Adding office supplies to your virtual cart is one thing, but investing in something as significant as a wide format printer is another. Much like cars, wide format printers come with lots of bells and whistles—and often a sizable price tag. Before committing to a particular model, it helps to try (or at least see) before you buy. Getting the full wide format experience will help to ensure your equipment is the right fit for your business goals, your facilities and your customers. This is especially critical for first time buyers who haven’t interacted with the equipment before.

Here are just a few reasons why you should make the trip to your equipment provider before buying your next—or first—wide format printer.

Location, Location, Location

Given the physical footprint of many wide format printers, seeing the equipment up close and personal is important. Whether you’re looking for a small but mighty model or the biggest commercial behemoth on the market, wide format printers require a fair amount of real estate, and it’s helpful to get a 360-degree view in person.

Beyond the printer’s dimensions, you’ll also have to think about where to store related accessories, inks, paper and other substrates. You need plenty of clearance around the machine for loading materials, scanning, printing, cutting and finishing your printed projects. How much space you’ll need depends on the type of printer you purchase—for example, many machines require you to load media from the back, which means you should either keep that space clear or be able to move the printer around. Larger flatbed printers are designed to handle larger media, and you’ll need an average of three to four feet on all sides to allow for handling materials.

Additionally, wide format machines require room for proper ventilation, so be sure to factor that in, too. Fume extraction units can help with ventilation and are often purchased with laser, UV and heavier solvent printers. Environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, will also play a role in how well your printer performs.

Site surveys or preinstallation checklists can help you understand power specifications, space requirements, delivery and shipping instructions, and uncrating workflows. Understanding the physical space requirements and overall production setup will help you determine where to install your new printer.

Kick the Tires

As soon as you get in front of your future wide format printer, questions will start percolating: How do I maintain a wide format printer? Where can I buy ink and other supplies, and how much do I need? Do I have the proper power outlets to support this machine? Are there any “hidden costs” to consider?

When it comes to finding the answers, Google will only get you so far. Nothing compares to speaking with a trained technician who has years of wide format experience under their belt. Attending a demo is the best way to get these details firsthand, but if your distributor isn’t within driving distance, you could even visit your local sign shop to inquire about the equipment they use.

 Get Familiar with the Gear

The largest upfront cost is the printer itself, but it’s also important to assess what other tools or technology you need to get up and running. Most machines come with accompanying software, which may, in turn, require specialized training.

Depending on what you plan to produce with your wide format printer, you may want to explore different finishing options or techniques. For example, if you’re creating outdoor signage, you’ll want to laminate the piece to prevent weather-related damage and enhance durability. Your equipment provider can act as a go-to resource for tips, tricks and tools of the trade—at Mac Papers and Packaging, we’ve seen it all and are ready to help your business create its next masterpiece.

While it’s not unheard of to buy sight unseen, getting a glimpse of your options in person can help you determine what model will suit your needs. This will give you a chance to ask questions, see your options in action and “test drive” features specific to the projects you’ll be producing.

If you’re considering a wide format printer for your business, schedule a demo with your distributor so you can get a clearer picture of how the machine works, where you’ll install it and what it takes to keep your printer running smoothly. We’d be happy to provide a tour of the latest wide format printers at our state-of-the-art demo center in Orlando.




Printing rigid material on Fluid Color R84F Turbo UV flatbed printer

Printing rigid material on Fluid Color R84F Turbo UV flatbed printer

Mac Papers and Packaging’s Wide Format Sales Director, Sean Profera shows the steps in setting up and printing a 4′ x 8′ rigid media board on the Fluid Color R84 Turbo UV flatbed printer. This large-format media board will then be used as a routing demo by our partner Multicam on a CNC router in their booth at the 2022 ISA international Sign Expo on May 4-6 in Atlanta.

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How to get started with wide format printing

How to get started with wide format printing

Sean tells how to get started in the wide format industry and why Mac Papers and Packaging is the authorized reseller of large format printing equipment, media, inks, and supplies.

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What is wide format printing?

What is wide format printing?

Sean from Mac Papers and Packaging explains what wide format printing is. It’s printing big, oversized prints larger than standard letter size.

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