Is It Time to Upgrade to a Production Model Printer?

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Depending on your device, printing can seem like an immense chore. Refilling paper trays, managing jobs, replenishing ink or toner, waiting on jobs to complete — sometimes it can feel like you’re pushing your office printer to its limit while wasting your own time. If this story sounds familiar, it may be time to consider upgrading to a high-volume production printer with specialized finishing capabilities. In this piece, we’ll look at some of the questions to ask yourself to determine if a high-volume production-level upgrade may be the wise choice for your organization.  

What does your current print-load look like?

If you find yourself constantly restocking the paper trays and ink or toner cartridges, this could be a tell-tale sign that your current printer isn’t keeping up with your demands. Frequent maintenance issues can also be a sign of overworking your machine.

What is your full print budget? How much are you actually spending?

Tied into the last question, if you find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time tending to the needs of your office printer, these are hours in the day you could be doing better things. Do you find yourself manually folding, stapling, binding, and stacking materials? These hours should be factored into how much you’re actually spending on your current printer. These can dramatically weigh down your printer budget. Though a production printer may seem more expensive, the amount of time saved could actually end up saving you money.

Is your current printer holding you back from hitting deadlines?

Nobody likes to miss deadlines due to device and system shortcomings. If your printer isn’t cutting the mustard from a speed and volume output perspective, the issue may not be with your particular machine, but with the intended speed and volume output of the model’s design.

Would a production machine give you a competitive edge?

If your ability to manage your printer less and produce more material for a lower per-print price point, a production machine may give you a competitive edge.

If a production printer feels excessive or possibly out of your price range, you may actually be surprised by affordable and manageable they are. If you need help trying to determine if upgrading to a production machine is a good decision for your organization, a Production specialist from JD Young can help you find the right printer for your needs.

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