Companies should keep in mind the quality of their print products when working with a managed print service.

One of the primary benefits of working with a managed print service is taking advantage of its expertise and commitment to quality. An MPS that can deliver fantastic goods with quality stocks and fine inks is well-positioned to bring businesses the best print products they can.

Inks and things
FESPA explained some of the different kinds of inks commonly used by printers and how they're affected by factors such as sunlight, water, fingerprints and time. Color printing via inkjet is a finicky process, so having the right kind of ink is important.

The source touched on four kinds of dyes:

  • Aqueous, or water-based inks, are a very common ink type. Low-cost and high-color, aqueous inks have a shorter lifespan than other kinds of inks in the sun and rain, but properly preserved can keep the ink looking vivid and detailed for many years.
  • Dye sublimation is able to print onto solid polyester or polyester-coated objects by printing onto transfer paper and then using heat to bond the ink directly onto the object. Dye sublimation is long-lasting and great for printing onto curved objects, but it can't handle printing on objects made of or coated with polyester.
  • Strong solvent inks, naturally, dissolve into the material that they're printed on, creating a pigment that is more weatherproof than aqueous ink. However, solvent inks are more hazardous than other inks, and give off volatile compounds that make it infeasible to be used indoors.
  • Eco solvent inks are not just typically more environmentally friendly than strong solvent inks – they also don't require ventilation or give off noxious fumes. While not as bright or long-lasting as strong solvents, eco solvents can be used in indoor environments more readily.

Choosing the right ink type is crucial for ensuring that print products will work to specification. But the way the ink is printed is just as important as what kind of ink is used. The printing process is complicated, and producing a high-quality image needs to be well-monitored in order to ensure that quality.

A matrix of dots
According to Colfomegra, print quality is appraised by two factors: visual evaluation and objective measurement – though the source noted that eyes are the best way to identify a large number of qualia at once, and is good for evaluating the subjective elements of a print. In order to get an objective measurement, the source uses a densitometer to get results on the print's ink metrics, which include: the print's density, color balance, contrast and adherence to the paper

The quality of a print has a direct impact on its efficacy. Companies looking for a way to better ensure the quality of their print products should look to a managed print service to handle the printing of their documents and other print needs. With the experience and equipment that comes from a printing focus, a business can get the print products they need to the specifications they require.