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6th October 2015
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  

Our last week's survey results...
How long do you keep a printer before you upgrade to a newer model?
  • Usually necessity decides... I'll hang on to a printer till the death if it's doing its job and is nor costing me more than it's worth. (Emilio, Kwik Kopy Philip) 
  • It depends on your situation, we are a small sign shop and have had our only printer for five years and because it does not run all day it has served us well. We are now in the process of updating it because it is getting long in the tooth and because the new technology will allow us to produce better print quality.
  • I usually look at a replacement when my lease is about to expire.
  • We have digital printers over 16 years old still making us money. We have a Roland SC-540 about 10 years old, just installed new heads and running our own profiles still prints perfect. Buy quality and look after your printers, they will last a very long time. We also have a new printer so the SC-540 is not used as much but a good backup machine. 
  • 2 part question, which printer. The printer machine -For as long as we can maintain the printing machines ability to reliably perform. Worst case only months before cutting our losses, best printer nearly 10 years. Most about 3 - 4 years by which time they have paid for themselves many, many, many times over.
    The printer person - always found a new printer person is a downgrade as we have to retrain to our ways and methods. (Max, Metal Sign & Label)
  • It depends if there's any need to upgrade. Our current printers are 3, 3 and 5 years old. I'll consider upgrading one of them next year. 
  • We keep it until parts are no longer available or servicing the machine is not viable or practical. Our current wide format printer, for example, is ten years old, and is still printing like the day it was bought. It's cheaper to maintain than to upgrade. 
  • We upgrade our printers every 7 years without fail after purchase date.
  • Silly question - when necessary!!
  • We keep a watchful eye on the new machines and decide if the increased productivity, quality, etc is worth the cost of upgrading. Subject of course to our existing machines still producing good prints

(As a publishing practice to protect ourselves from any potential liability, company and individual names that are referred to negatively in any of these comments are removed.
In addition we reserve the right to remove comments that are blatant advertising for one product or company)

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This month's Special Offers from industry suppliers
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 Save $25.00 off your first order, when you signup a new customer with Conect online.
20th December 2015
 CPH Group
KlikInk Eco Solvent Bulk Ink for your Roland Printer only $139.00 per Litre Ongoing with Free Bulk Ink System
Nationally30th December 2015
Canon PFI-701 & 706 (700ML) Inks $289.00 ex GST - Minimum Order 3 Inks
Nationally31st October 2015

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(NSW, Sydney) KIP Color 80
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(NSW, Collaroy) Epson 9600 Pro
(Posted 12th July 2015)



(VIC,Coburg) EFI Rastek H700
(Posted 13th August 2015)

(QLD, Gold Coast) Neolt 1300 trimmer,
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Northern Territory
South Australia
(SA, Salisbury) EZY TAPER - $2,800 ono
(Posted 8th September 2015)
(SA, Salisbury) ROLAND VERSA CAMM SP-540i
(Posted 8th September 2015)
(SA, Victor Harbor) Duplo DC-615 slitter, cutter and creaser.
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(NSW + VIC) Print Specialist
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(QLD, Logan) Sign business for sale.
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Smile: It's only Monday!

The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here's a little fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends. The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946 , the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office.

They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Jewish, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show --

Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.
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