It is more than obvious that the general idea when starting a printing firm is going to be that of buying brand new equipment. The basic principle behind this idea is that we’ll have peace of mind knowing that we have a warranty for every single machine, and if there should be something that goes wrong, we won’t have to pay anything extra in order to fix it.
However, many people underestimate the importance of being able to start big. The fact is that if we’re going to spend a lot of money on brand new printing equipment, then we’re not going to be able to afford other types of equipment that we might need in the future in order to grow our company’s range of services. Just imagine what it would be like if you could afford to buy an offset printing machine as well as a few digital printing machines. In this manner, you would be able to take on small printing projects as well as big ones.
We all know the difference between these types of printing machines, or at least we should. The offset printing machines have a lower cost per page when it comes to printing a large amount of pages, while the digital printing machines have a standard cost per page regardless of the number of pages printed. Of course, there’s a difference in size as well. Since the offset printing machines are built in order to print a very high number of pages in a very short time, these machines are usually rather big, especially if we are to compare them with even the biggest digital printing press.
The difference in price is given by the fact that offset printing presses function in quite a different way than we might initially imagine. The mechanical process behind them involves applying ink in layers, and this happens as the paper is taken through different types of rollers, each of which has a specific ink color. The main cost-related process is that of creating the films. The digital printing machines eliminate the need to create film, applying the toner or the ink in a single pass.
If we’re going to start a small printing business, then we should always keep the difference between these two types of printing in mind. On the one hand, buying offset machines seems like such a good deal, if we’re going to undertake a lot of big projects, projects that involve printing more than 500 units. However, we won’t be able to undertake small projects, because the cost per page will increase dramatically.
This is the reason for which buying both an offset and a digital printing press seems to be the ideal combination. The only problem that we’ll be facing, if indeed that is the case, is that we have a limited budget, and we don’t want to spend it all up front, without really knowing whether our company is going to enjoy success or not. This is why it’s so important to consider between buying used printing machines, as opposed to brand new ones. The odds are that we’re going to get a much lower price for machines that are actually in a very good condition.