The principle is straightforward: media can be loaded onto the two metre deep printing table from both the front and rear. While printing is underway on one side, the operator loads the other side, and vice versa – so work continues without interruption.
The vacuum table has front and rear sections one metre deep, both with the usual continuous adjustment. A side benefit is that vacuum to the rear section can be shut off altogether when normal jobs are being printed on the front section only – no masking needed.
This technique brings huge time savings, especially with the Step & Repeat and Shadow files printing modes.
Producing 700 × 1000 mm panels on a Nyala 2 in speed mode, with tandem.
The result: 235 panels per hour. That is 71% higher productivity compared to the conventional process without tandem (143 panels/hour).
37% higher productivity. High-volume producers of identical (Step & Repeat) or differing (Shadow files) media stand to benefit most from the tandem function. With personalised printed materials in particular, this option is worth its weight in gold.