I purchased an OKI laser printer 3 years ago. Looking at replacing and viability of a pay per click model. What sort of money are current PPC rates for a3 and any recommendations for a dealer. Need to be able to process 300gsm card stock.
Not high volume at the moment, but there are volume lines we could go after if the potential return matches the outlay. But we arent interested in producing 1000 business cards or 5000 full colour flyers, its doesnt fit our business model. Saying that, producing small run personalised booklets may be of interest and a drill press would be handy for a range of carded stuff I want to produce. We do make good returns on the lines we put through our current machine but we are hand trimming which isnt ideal. Maybe we should look at a more automated workflow, it just seems a great deal of aggravation for what it is. I remember Warren Beard went more into digital printing a few years ago (If you are reading this-how did that go?) Its just getting the right fit with the production methods we use at the moment I suppose.
You may not need a PPC machine, they have the advantage of maintenance, toner and consumables, but if you’re not doing a huge amount, perhaps look at the Epson LED machines.
We’ve a Xerox, with inline finisher, so can print, staple/punch off the machine. Our old machine had inline booklet maker, which would fold & staple too – Only limiting factor with that was you couldn’t have inner pages bleeding off. Add to that if you’re doing A5 booklets, or A4 punched sheets, you can’t impose them up, so pay for more impressions.
You’ll know best depending on your products, as to whether you want inline finishing, or stand alone. (if funds and space permit I’d go separate)
If you’re cutting by hand at the moment, an electric guillotine will be the way forward, I can recommend the ‘Ideal’ brand. If you’re cutting one off’s probably as quick to cut by hand, but if you can stack a lot of same sized jobs together you’re onto a winner.
Our xerox machine is serviced through Xeretec, they’ve been OK. I’ve a contact for Epson machines I mentioned above, I’ve another contact who deals with Sharp machines.
PS: See if you can get an SRA3 machine, to facilitate borderless A3 prints, but make sure there’s no additional cost for larger sheets. We pay the same for A5, as we do SRA3. I know some suppliers charge premiums on bigger sheet sizes.