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Everything you need to know about digital press

Everything You Need to Know About Digital Press Machines

Anybody who works in a printing-related business knows there is still a demand for printed outputs. There are also businesses who heavily rely on printed outputs to be sold or distributed for marketing or sales purposes. The paperless trend is not killing print which is why getting a good, high-quality printer is still guaranteed to help your business. Of course, if you’re going to create printed materials, you want them to look great – which is why you should consider a digital press.

It’s important for any individual or business to know how a digital press could make all the difference. Below, we’ve listed everything you need to know about a digital press and why you should get one.

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Think of it as a better, and all-purpose version of the usual copier and scanner machines. There’s no need to get separate machines for different purposes anymore that take up a lot of space. A digital press can do both and more. It’s an all-in-one machine that’s more cost-effective and efficient for any type of business or operation.

Fast and Convenient

A digital press can print as many as 136 pages per minute or 7,490 pages(A4) per hour. This boosts productivity and saves a lot of production time. Less time spent on each batch means more time to move onto other projects. Having weak and slow production could do your business harm instead of finishing a lot of print orders. Aside from its speed, a digital press is generally much easier to understand and use, allowing you to finish production right away.

Better Printing and Scanning

A lot of people take a good scanner for granted. Without a good scanner, the need to edit a document for printing arises. Not a lot of businesses can dedicate someone to do this task. A quality scanner lessens the need for additional manpower. Most digital press machines nowadays also offer advanced color printing options which allow true to copy and high-quality printouts.

It’s a Good Investment

A digital press is built on a more advanced technology that not only allows fast production. You can guarantee that it will last longer and has less possibility of malfunctioning and breaking. It’s a sturdy and powerful machine that can serve you for a long period of time. You get a better value for your money and bigger business potential.

The Best Digital Press Machines

Choosing one that’s fit for you or your business can be difficult. Whether your business is just starting out or you’re someone who’s already running massive operations, you’ll definitely find one that’s perfect for you. Konica Minolta has a range of digital press commercial printers to suit every need and even budget. Check out Caltronics’ catalog of digital press machines right now. You may also reach out to us and let us assist in choosing the best choice for you.

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creative ways to use printables for business

Creative Ways to Use Printables for Business

Print can be an effective tool to take your business to the next level. Let’s face it, work can be hard and running a business can be much harder. With the right tools and materials to help us, we can improve our business the fun and easy way. Here are five creative ways to use printables at work.

Work Day Planner

Sometimes work can get chaotic. On other days, you become disorganized. A great looking paper planner can help you things get in order. Paper planners are easy to find and make. Plus, you can personalize their design and print them out just how you want them. You can stick them to your cubicle wall so they’re the first thing you see when you start work.

Holiday Cards

Holiday parties and special events are perfect opportunities to make new business connections and build stronger relationships with clients. Instead of sending another greeting or invitation by email, take the traditional route by sending personalized cards via snail mail. Besides a personal note, you might want to send well wishes for their families too.

Business Cards

We already know that high-quality marketing materials can make a world of difference on how our customers perceive our brand. Your business cards are a great way to communicate your contact information and leave a good first impression of your business. There’s a multitude of business card templates on the internet you can customize to your liking. Alternatively, you can design one from scratch.

Stickers

Literally make your brand stick with branded stickers. Because stickers are super versatile, you can use them in different ways to increase your brand recognition. You can produce and distribute bumper stickers to any car owners who will take them. You can also use well-designed stickers on your packaging not only to set it apart but also to make it look more upscale.

Office Wall Art

Your office isn’t just a place for running daily business operation. It is also a place to show off what your business is capable of. One of the best methods to wow your clients and investors is through visually appealing office décor. You can hang your company’s motto on the wall or frame an inspirational quote and place it in the reception area.

There you go – five types of printables that can help grow your business. Remember that a large part of making your printables effective is to produce them in the highest quality possible, which you can only do when you have a high-quality printer to back you up.

What Caltronics has to offer

Caltronics provides an array of printing solutions for your printing needs. Check out Konica Minolta’s product catalog or HP office equipment to find out which printer fits your needs and budget.

For small businesses, Konica Minolta bizhub C3110 can deliver color power as close as your desktop. For high-speed 3D printing with maximum definition at maximum volume, the ProJet 3500 HDMax offers unsurpassed value and performance. If you need to print materials in a wide-format, the HP Designjet T1200 is the right machine for you.

If you need any assistance, contact us at 800-775-9545.

how to improve your printed marketing materials

How to Improve Your Printed Marketing Materials

Great marketing comprises a combination of both print and digital communication. And, every business requires printed marketing materials that can represent its brand positively. Although a lot of marketing is taking place in the digital world nowadays, print is still powerful. In fact, customers view print materials as a time out from the constant digital updates. In today’s post, let’s talk about how you can make your printed marketing materials more effective.

Hire a Graphic Designer

Graphic designers can take your ideas and make them into something great. They are trained to create marketing collateral – such as brochures, flyers and posters – that will reflect your brand story while ensuring a clean and professional look. Find a graphic designer who can understand what you are trying to achieve for your brand and help you stand out from the crowd.

Use Great Visuals

Do you want to include your profile photo on your business cards? Maybe you want to add a group shot in your banner. Don’t settle for bad stock photos. An image that conveys quality will attract customers that value quality.  Whatever type of images you intend to use, it pays to have them professionally taken.

Go Beyond Paper

Print marketing is more than just brochures and leaflets. Large format printing is a great way to get your customers’ attention. You can use large format printing to decorate your walls or for pop-up stands. Besides this format, you can take your print marketing to the next level by printing on items like coffee mugs and magnets.

Use Top Quality Materials

The quality of the ink, the weight and texture of the paper, and the type of packaging can greatly affect the outcome of your printed materials. When it comes to your printed marketing materials, appearance matters, and you should look as professional as you are.

Invest in a Quality Printer

Well-designed printed materials leave a first good impression to anyone who comes across your business. With a high quality printer, you can achieve that. Printers with high printing capacity, an array of photo printing options and features that allow to print more complicated things – like brochures and catalogs – can make a world of difference on how your clients perceive your brand.

Getting managed print services is another great option that could help you present stunning printed marketing materials. With Caltronics Managed Print Services, your print environment and workplace operate smoothly. As a result, you save time and money and eliminate stress. Get in touch to know more.

Factors to Consider when Looking for a Digital Copier

A digital copier is a worthwhile investment for any business. Before you shop around, make sure to assess your business needs and determine whether having a copier can cut costs and improve productivity. We put together the things you need to look for before making your purchase.

Factors to consider when looking for a digital copier

Cost

While always a key factor when choosing a photocopier, price should not always be a key focus when purchasing digital office solutions. There are so many multi-functional copiers, so it’s important to shop around and find the right balance between cost and functionality.

While it may be tempting to purchase a low-cost machine for your office, you’ll likely end up replacing it sooner than you planned because the machine was not designed for the workload of your office. Make sure you consider how many large copy jobs you perform in a week, how many employees will be using the same machine, and how often your copier will be hard at work. Copy speed is also a very important factor – a slow copying speed could cost you money in the long run as your team stands by waiting for their copies to finish. If your digital copier is not designed for the workload, it will start to fall apart pretty quickly.

Keep in mind that the price you are paying for is not only about the value of the hardware but also the features and solutions it provides. So, choose wisely.

Features

Modern, multi-functional devices offer a variety of sophisticated features, including touch screens and image editing. In fact, some devices can print, email, download, scan and fax. Assess what special features you need. Are you looking for a copier with a built-in scanner? Do you need strong security settings? How about wireless support?

When picking a digital copier, make sure it could deliver efficient results and improve your employees’ productivity. Take time comparing different copier models and see what features work best for you. Don’t hesitate to ask the seller or your potential supplier to explain the features and benefits the device has.

Manufacturer

Once you have a clear idea of the cost and features of the copier, start looking at the manufacturers. You will want to find out about the manufacturer’s brand reputation and track record. Look for reviews online to help you get an in-depth insight into the device you are looking to buy. As a rule of thumb, purchase your copier from an established manufacturer such Canon, Samsung and Konica Minolta.

Finding the right digital copier for your business all boils down to your needs. From the cost to the manufacturer, spending ample time in research will help you get the machine that suits your business perfectly.

Feeling overwhelmed by the options? We can help you choose the right one for you! Contact Caltronics Business Solutions at 800-775-9545 to talk to one of our team members about your business’s specific needs. Our educated experts will pair you with a digital copier that fits your needs and your budget.

Festive Printables for the Christmas Holiday

Festive Printables for the Christmas Holiday

There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars to decorate your home this festive season. Crafting homemade decorations is an affordable way to add some delight and excitement to your home during the holidays. Here are simple and free Christmas printable ideas you should give a try.

Cards

Save money and time on your Christmas cards this year. Just print out these wonderful homemade Christmas cards from CountryLiving and you’ll have cards looking so elegant, your loved ones will never guess you did it yourself. Plus, with these charming printable envelopes to match your cards, you can finally send your letters in style. Make sure you use a high quality printer, such as a Konica Minolta machine, so that your colors come out bright and crisp!

Christmas envelopes

Garland

Add some embellishments to your home with these fun DIY Christmas garlands from Spruce Crafts. Print them out and string them together to hang on your Christmas tree, doors, windows, stair railings, along the hallways, or on your porch to set the holiday mood. You might also turn your home into a winter wonder with a snowflake garland from What Mommy Does.

Christmas garland

Mistletoe

Mistletoes are must-have holiday décor, but gathering fresh mistletoe isn’t always easy. So forego the real ones and deck the halls with these adorable printable mistletoes prepared by Paging SupermomClub Crafted also has some tricks for creating your own mistletoe in minutes. Now, you have a photo prop to capture sweet moments with friends and family.

Christmas Mistletoe

Gift Tags

Add a personal handmade touch to your beautifully wrapped gifts with printable Christmas gift tags. Hey There Home has scoured the internet to offer easy-to-make printable gift tags in all colors, shapes and sizes. If you want to give a good laugh, try printing out this funny movie quote Christmas gift tags from The Happy Tulip. Make opening presents a more magical experience for kids and adults alike with Dreaming in DIY free ready-to-print gift tags.

Christmas Gift tags

Signs

Add a spark of holiday spirit by hanging printable signs on your walls. Eighteen25 free ‘all the way’ prints will want you to bundle your family up and spend some great time together. While these Christmas quotes will welcome your holiday guests with heartwarming words. If you fancy black and white, Taryn Whitaker got you covered with her b&w modern Christmas printouts.

Christmas sign

With these lovely, easy-to-craft printables, you’ll have Christmas displays and decorations in no time. By using a high-quality printer, your friends and family will never guess you made them at home.

Fun Printables to Spark Your Kids Creativity

Fun Printables to Spark Your Kid’s Creativity

Kids are born to play, create and have fun. Without enjoyable things to spice up their day, they get bored. Besides afterschool classes, sports, and playdates, printables are a great way to fill up your kid’s day.

If you’re looking for free printable activities to spark your kid’s creativity, here’s a collection of printables teachers can use in class and parents can use at home with their little ones.

Picture Puzzles

Puzzles challenge our thinking and exercise our minds. For toddlers and kids, puzzles can help them develop their imagination and problem-solving skills. It’s also a fun way to improve and refine their fine motor skills as well as develop their hand and eye coordination.

This website has a ton of picture puzzles for kids ranging from easy to difficult levels. Mr. Printables also offer free printable puzzles that are sure to give your little ones hours of fun. Their best seller is the Map of the USA Jigsaw Puzzle.

Printable Mazes

With printable mazes, you keep your children engaged without resorting to technology. This huge collection of printable mazes from All Kids Network will certainly keep your kids stimulated and have fun. They have holiday- and seasonal-themed printable mazes for every mileage.

Krazy Dad, on the other hand, offers a charming series of hand-drawn color mazes that tells a story. Their easy to challenging dinosaur mazes and assorted animal mazes are not to miss as well.

Games Worksheets

Fill a dull moment or break up the homework routine with these enjoyable printable games worksheets from Education.com. From holiday-themed word search games to connect the dot animal worksheets and crossword puzzles, Activity Village has literally hundreds of games to keep kids of all ages pumped up.

The Spruce Crafts provides a bunch of hidden picture printables your kids will love. Some have very easy themes for the younger children and some are more complicated, perfect for the older ones. 

Coloring Pages

Trying to keep your kids busy while waiting for the good things to get underway? Like waiting for the sun on a rainy day or a good meal while out for a dinner? Hello Kids has got your back. Drop by its website and you’ll find chock-full of great free printable coloring pages for young and old kids alike.

Whether your child is looking to color his/her favorite superhero or sports, Edupics offer a wide selection of coloring pages, photographs and handicrafts that are categorized in themes. The household name for crayons, Crayola, also has quite an impressive list of coloring pages to boot.

To give your children the best experience and have your free printable activities looking like fine art, use a high-quality printer. Let our team guide you towards what type of printer to use.

How to Enhance Your Brand Image with Office Technology

Businesses should incorporate the right balance in using all the tools available to build a positive brand image. In today’s market, first impressions matter greatly and your customers won’t hesitate to leave if you can’t give them what they need quickly.

How to Enhance Your Brand Image with Office Technology

Here’s how you can make the most of the tools at your disposal to improve your brand image and make a memorable experience for your customers and employees.

Pick Office Technology That Enhances Your Desired Brand Image

How do you want your customers to perceive your business? For example, if you want to be viewed as reliable and trustworthy, you might want to consider using technologies that convey a sense of security. A good way to do that is by installing biometric access to devices, security cameras, and smart locks. If you’re tech-focused and energy-efficient, set up smart lighting and cooling systems in your office. Whatever brand image you’re trying to project, make sure that your technology is high-quality, current, and easy-to-use.

Provide a Remarkable Experience to Your Guests

If you’re serious about offering a stellar service to your guests, use workplace technology that can enhance their interactions with your business. You can do that by providing wi-fi and device plug-ins in your reception and conference areas. If you want to impress prospects and new clients, equip your huddle spaces and meeting rooms with the latest technology – such as a wireless presentation solution, interactive whiteboard, smart video conferencing camera, etc.

Use Technology to Keep Your Staff Productive

Happy employees are your brand’s top ambassadors. They are your company’s extension. When your employees have a positive work experience, they are likely to share it around, and as you may already know, words travel quickly. For you to create that sense of happiness among your people, make sure you provide them with office equipment that will keep them productive. These may include top-of-the-line computers, multifunction printers, and efficient mobile scanning solutions. Investing in premium collaboration tools and email management systems is also a wise idea.

Invest in Your Company’s Visual Assets

One element that can make a huge difference with your company image are your printed materials. This includes brochures, leaflets, business cards, direct mail postcards, flyers, posters, and more. They are an essential part of your business’ marketing and advertising assets. Not only because they can help establish your brand, but more often than not, they are the first encounter a potential client or customer has with your brand. High-end printed materials allow you to bring the aesthetic qualities of font, color, images and texture to life. It also shows your professionalism and respect to your customers.

If you want to convey the right message and leave a lasting impression to anyone who comes across your business, invest in a high-quality printer. Not sure what kind of printer to purchase? We can help!