North Carolina based iTek Graphics has installed an EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll inkjet press. The new press replaces an older hybrid inkjet printer the company used, giving iTek Graphics added production capacity to meet rapidly growing customer demand for high-quality retail point-of-purchase (POP) signage and graphics.
‘We looked at all the high-volume, high-quality superwide format inkjet presses in the market,’ said iTek Graphics owner John Rawlins, ‘and while they all offered high-quality printing, the decision came down to which press offered the best combination of price, speed and price per square foot for ink. The VUTEk gives us the most bang for the buck.’
Primary applications for iTek Graphics with its new, 320cm (126 inch) wide digital press include retail display promotional signage printed on styrene and corrugated plastic. Much of that signage is printed to support a major customer – a grocery chain that relies on iTek Graphics for its printing needs at locations across eight states.
Printing at speeds up to 125 boards per hour, the VUTEk press has eight channels, including two white inks, and delivers premium-quality, greyscale imaging on a broad range of flexible and rigid substrates. A three-quarter automated material handling system installed with the press ensures faster loading and off-loading to maintain high productivity.
iTek Graphics also offers sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital printing, and has long relied on EFI MIS/ERP workflow software to drive efficiencies in its overall business and production management operations.
The EFI Fiery proServer digital front end iTek Graphics installed to drive its new superwide format inkjet press integrates directly with the EFI Midmarket Print Suite workflow the company uses to manage the business. That seamless connectivity into iTek Graphics’ overall workflow will reduce the time needed to estimate, schedule and deliver jobs printed on the new press, giving iTek Graphics an even greater competitive advantage in its fast-growing digital print offering.