EFI Installation Increases Superwide Format Digital Output

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A newly installed, 320cm (126 inch) wide LED-inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc is a significant upgrade for American Graphics compared with the older UV-inkjet printer it operated previously.

The VUTEk 32h model – a brand new EFI offering that recently won an SGIA award – is ideal for print service providers moving into production-class, superwide format digital output. Users benefit from premium-quality imaging with 7-picolitre UltraDrop Technology, with white ink and multilayer printing included. An EFI Fiery proServer Premium digital front end included with the printer enables fast job preparation and colour management for ideal results on a broad range of substrates.

American Graphics Printing Co.’s signage and graphics business division, Whatsyoursign.net, can deliver a faster, more-efficient, high-quality digital production advantage, thanks to the recently installed VUTEk 32h hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer. The Clinton Township, Michigan-based business excels in price-sensitive work producing corrugated plastic yard signs and similar graphics products. With the new EFI VUTEk printer, American Graphics has the largest advantage it has ever had in a challenging market where it competes against analogue screen print shops.

‘We used to be able to print three to five boards per hour on our old printer, and now we can do more than 50 boards an hour,’ said American Graphics President Bob Hindman. We typically print 10 signs on each board, so the new printer gives us much more capacity.’

EFI’s proven, reliable ‘cool cure’ LED imaging technology on the VUTEk 32h offered a stark contrast to some other superwide format inkjet products American Graphics considered. ‘The UV printers we considered, for example, had failsafe levers in case the curing lamps became too hot, something we do not have to worry about with LED imaging.’

‘The VUTEk 32h has exceeded our expectations,’ he said. ‘The speed we can deliver to our customers now is a big advantage in our market. And, we are finally able to compete on larger-volume jobs that we would have had to outsource to other providers in the past.’

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