Digital Sign Services Produces High-End Graphics With Newly Installed EFI VUTEk LED

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Digital Sign Services has acquired two EFI VUTEk 5r+ LED superwide roll-to-roll printers from Electronics For Imaging (EFI). The company installed its first VUTEk 5r+ printer earlier this year and the second printer will be installed in June.

Tom Weaver, managing director at Digital Sign Services said, ‘Thanks to the success of the first VUTEk 5r+ and EFI’s after-sales service, help and support with bedding in the new machine, we are purchasing our second 5r+ and having it installed soon.’

The company works purely in trade services, specialising in large format printing for retail signage, windows and point of sale. Digital Sign Services purchased its first VUTEk printer a few years after it was founded in 2001. By 2005, the company added a second VUTEk to keep up with a growing workload. The continued growth and opportunities the company achieved with its superwide-format digital print equipment are the basis of a reliable and long-lasting relationship with EFI.

‘The big reasons why we choose EFI, again and again, is their after-sales care and their response to any issues or problems we may have,’ Weaver explained, discussing his company’s reliance on EFI technologies leading up to Digital Sign Services’ latest two purchases. ‘We also think the 5r+ is a better machine in that it uses LED lamps for curing rather than mercury vapour lamps.’

EFI’s ’cool cure’ LED technology on the printer requires up to 82% less energy compared to traditional UV or latex printing, which provides cost savings. Plus, it allows Digital Sign Services to be much more mindful about sustainability. Plus, the lower-heat/lower-energy curing process means Digital Sign Services can successfully print on thin or delicate substrates that cannot withstand the heat required with latex and UV printers.

The VUTEk 5r+ printers also offer several new options, including automated backlit and blockout printing – features that the Digital Sign Services staff are impressed with and are widely using. Weaver said, ‘The auto blockout feature is really valuable here. We do a lot of print for retail outlets on the retail parks where, for example, there is a dark blue background with the centralised logo to be the only section that illuminates. It’s perfect colour during the day, then, at night with the lights on, just the logo is visible with a colour density that looks the same as by day,’ according to Weaver.

Weaver also anticipates future opportunities thanks to the printers’ ability to easily handle five-layer printing – a digital printing technique often used for retail window graphics to ensure correct densities when viewed from inside or outside the store.

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