A printing machine is a mechanical device that transfers text or images from movable type to paper or other materials. It is used in the commercial and industrial printing industries.
The technology behind the printing process has advanced over the years, allowing for a wide variety of features. Most printers have presses with computerized control panels.
There are various kinds of press, with each suited for a different task. Generally, offset presses are used for high-volume advertising print campaigns and for magazines.
Flexo printing is another reliable method for creating rapid print jobs. Rather than using screens, flexo machines use fast-drying inks to apply colored patterns to fabrics. They are also widely used for applications on non-porous surfaces.
Offset printing is still used for high-volume printing of wallpaper and greeting cards. However, it is increasingly used in the packaging industry for advance graphics.
Traditionally, the commercial printing industry used screen printing to create large batches of graphics. This technique has now developed to include digital elements that can help to enhance the picture’s lighting and visual effects.
The rise of the e-commerce industry is expected to drive the market for printing machines. Digital data will likely hinder the growth of the industry, however.
There are numerous companies producing printing machines. These include Eastman Kodak Company, Bobst, Sakurai Graphics Systems Corporation, MISHIMA Co. Ltd. and Advanced Vision Technology Ltd. Each of these companies is competing to introduce better features.
Some of the common features of a printing machine include variable speed motors, water-based ink feeding, and a digital counter with sensor. Additionally, some printing machines are equipped with special embossing modes.