Large Format Business Increases Productivity With Printing And Finishing Machines From Fujifilm

Muhammed Bhoola, owner of Lets Print, with the Vybrant and Summa machines.
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Lets Print, a Johannesburg-based large format digital printer, has invested in a Vybrant UF10 flatbed printer and Summa F1612 finishing flatbed system from Fujifilm South Africa.

The Vybrant UF10 is a true flatbed printer offering high quality printing on a range of rigid and flexible media, supported by its four dedicated vacuum zones. This printer is ideal for businesses looking to grow their flatbed capability at a cost effective price point.

It can deliver print speeds up to 16sqm per hour in Production Mode, and can be used to print on a variety of rigid and flexible media up to 51mm thick. Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV ink, combined with variable drop sizes from 7 to 21 picolitres, delivers excellent results. The Vybrant UF10 is available as a 6 channel printer with CMYK and 2 White channels as standard.

Muhammed Bhoola, owner of Lets Print, said the company has already seen improved print quality since the installation of the Vybrant just over two weeks ago. ‘Clients have been really impressed with the proofs we’ve sent to them showcasing the machine’s capabilities. Clients reported better finishing and quality.’

Bhoola has also seen improvements with the Summa F1612 in terms of production speed. ‘Things that would take us three or four hours to finish using our old vinyl cutter, or cutting vinyls and PVC by hand, now takes us a quarter of that time.’

The Summa F1612 is a handy and reliable solution for short-run, on-demand sign jobs. Multiple material-handling options assure optimal efficiency, whether cutting printed, flexible or rigid substrates. An ever-increasing arsenal of optional add-ons further expand the capacity of the F Series, allowing for a custom-tailored machine to fit users’ needs.

The main benefit of the Summa investment is that Lets Print can now bring more services in-house, saving costs, and giving the company better quality control. ‘The cutter allows us to cut ABS, Correx and Perspex and many other materials to shape. Because this has been brought in-house, we now have control of the timeframes and quality,’ said Bhoola.

The combination of the Vybrant and Summa has helped the company produce Covid-19 signage. ‘We direct print onto signage materials, then cut the signage into various shapes on the Summa. Previously, we would have had to take the signage, apply vinyl, and cut by hand, which did not give the neat and clean finish that we now get with the Summa,’ he said. Lets Print is also using the Summa to cut floor vinyls, face shields, screen guards and counter guards.

Lets Print have found the service from Fujifilm to be excellent so far. ‘They’ve been excellent from the day that they delivered the machine up until now. If we had any questions, they were always there to support,’ said Bhoola. ‘Even before that, when it came time to choosing a machine, they were helpful in giving us all the necessary information we needed.’

The combination of Lets Print’s Summa and Vybrant machines, and its level of customer service, will continue to set the company apart. ‘We’ve always gone above and beyond for our customers, to which our clients can testify. Whenever our clients needed something, including last minute items, we’ve always delivered – even if there were challenges. We’ve never let our customers down.’ Lets Print is commited to print and finish for all agensies, designers and print shops.

Anja Kirton, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Graphics Systems Division at Fujifilm South Africa, said the Vybrant UF10 is an ideal step into the flatbed printing market. ‘It is economical to run with its LED UV curing technology together with Fujifilm Uvijet inks, giving users a competitive advantage to produce cost effective prints with outstanding quality.’

Kirton also explained how the Summa and Fujifilm machines complement each other. ‘The machines are a powerful combination. Our UV LED flatbed printer and a digital cutter with an optical camera marker recognition system is a winning recipe for printers to diversify their offering and improve output and profitability.’

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