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Questions to ask after an equipment purchase

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Making a strategic decision about what equipment to buy is only the first step in getting the most value out of that investment.

“My best advice to all customers buying [printing] equipment is to stick with the branded inks, the manufacturers’ suggestion for ink,” says Jason Bartusick of Media One Digital Imaging Solutions LLC. “When you switch to third-party ink, you lose your warranties, the equipment doesn’t necessarily run as well and you lose your support.”

At Event Resource Group, Atlanta, Ga., every piece of equipment is on a schedule to be repaired and replaced. “Tracking equipment usage and scheduling maintenance enables us to prevent costly repairs at the wrong time,” says owner Christopher Whitlow.

Jill C. Lafferty is editor of InTents magazine, a publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International.

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