Says Sam Sooialo, Head of Operations, Roland DG (UK): "Our new Basic Application Finishing course, which went live in May 2009, is the latest step in Roland DG's drive to help our customers add value to the services they provide and generate new revenue streams. The introduction of the finishing course to our everexpanding training portfolio is also a reflection of the changing landscape in wide format printing. It's a great addition to the Roland DG Academy and offers a good range of ideas and skills needed to enhance any print product portfolio.
"Increasingly, sign makers and printers are looking to bring more specialist skills in-house as the technology, price and footprint of new finishing machines means they are now ideally suited for printers who wish to offer their customers an in-house digital print one-stop-shop. Taking finishing in-house also enables the printer or sign maker to maintain greater control over both the quality of the finished product and the timeframe it can be produced in. In such an on-demand print world, it is important the printer can maintain control over as many parts of the production process as possible."
The course consists of theory and practical sessions with question and answer opportunities throughout the day. Attendees will learn finishing techniques including preparation, weed face and dry application of cut vinyl; application of flood coating to board; wet and dry digital print to board; etch films to glass; and wet and dry digital print to glass, as well as basic lamination and mounting techniques, including application to contours and curves.
As the course is set at the introductory level, it is suitable for those who are still considering setting up a finishing department as well as printers who are currently finishing in-house but feel they may need to brush up on their skills or enhance specific techniques.
"A basic general knowledge of digital print production is obviously preferable in order to get the most out of the course," continues Mr Sooialo. "Those who have already attended the Introduction to Digital Print or Intermediate Digital Print courses at the Roland DG Academy will also benefit, as both courses will have already touched on the finishing process.
"The skills gained on this course will help printers and sign makers to expand their print product portfolio and target new opportunities by adding finishing techniques to applications. When done properly, finishing is a great, cost-effective way to add profit to a print business's bottom line," concludes Sooialo.
Sign makers and printers interested in attending the Basic Application Finishing course or any of the other courses available can call the Roland DG Academy direct on 0845 230 90 60 or further information can be found on the website www.rolanddg.com