If you are in the market for a new flexographic, digital or hybrid printing machine you have many options to choose from. There are excellent quality new machines available from companies like Focus Label, and there are also many used machines that can be had at a significant discount. While the up-front cost for a new machine that is made in the UK will be higher than any used machine, investing in new equipment will offer you some distinct advantages.
Why Invest In New Technology?
Flexo printing technology has improved a lot in the last decade, so when you compare used equipment to what is on offer today it isn't a straightforward matter. The differences that a new machine will feature can make your workflow more efficient. They will also cut down on the need for skilled labour. New flexo machines will give you a competitive edge when it comes to energy and material use, and in many cases the savings can improve your ability to compete, by allowing you to take on more varied orders and a greater capacity.
Take Advantage Of Innovation
The improved efficiencies that new flexographic printing machines will give your business can ensure that your printing operation operates successfully in a market that is changing all the time. It is important to realise that printing companies that use newer technology will be able to offer better prices. Companies who use older machines simply can't keep up in many cases, and there is no warning buzzer to let you know when your operation has become uneconomical.
By and large flexographic printing machines are a bespoke industry, so when you buy used equipment you are gambling on the availability of spare parts. In some cases there will be parts available at the time of purchase, but you never know when you will need to replace a broken piece of your machinery. When your line goes down, you are going to lose time and waste material.
Your staff will be spending time cleaning up a mess while the machine sits idle. Used equipment isn't necessarily going to fail you on a regular basis, but it certainly can be a problem. The last thing you want to do is invest your money in a flexographic printing machine that will produce nothing but headaches for you. Used equipment isn't guaranteed to be problematic, but over the course of time latent issues can come up with little warning.
Support & Training
Buying a new flexographic printing machine from a manufacturer like Focus Label means that you will get local support and training for your staff. When you gamble on buying a used machine, the support you receive may not be enough to ensure profitable operation, and training could be non-existent. This isn't always going to be the case, but it is possible to lose a lot of money with used printing equipment. Once power, materials and labour are wasted, the money is gone for good.
At Focus Labels we want you to get the right press for your needs, not the most expensive thing we can sell you. In many cases a company will look at the upfront cash cost of a flexographic printing machine, and won't take into consideration what expenses may be incurred down the line. A new flexo machine from a good manufacturer will create economies that will be impossible with antiquated hardware.
Today many banks will offer financing for the purchase of quality flexographic printing machines, and the cost savings that a good machine offers your company will more than offset the payments you will have to make over a long period of time.
At Focus Labels we design, manufacture and market an advanced range of printing machines, and we want to talk to you about your needs. Our machines are custom designed to fit our customer's workflow, so that they can maximise their returns from their investment. Please give us a call on 01949 836223 for more information, or download our new e-book, which explains the business case for investing in new print technology. We also have a website that features a convenient contact form and many other resources.