Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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38 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS make the determination on which type of printer to purchase. "Usually that decision process will evolve around overall image quality, form factor of substrates and other factors like color gamut, ink adhesion and white ink management." Giglio adds that corrugated, packaging, wall décor and sus- tainable products are some of the top current applications. He reports that one of their end-users reaping the benefits of current flatbed technology is KalBlue, a print solutions provider in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The company has in its printer arsenal the HP Latex R1000 printer. "The R1000 has allowed us to produce quality projects that we could never produce in-house before. It has enabled us to generate more projects with the higher image quality that our customers are demanding," says Kip Young, president and chief executive officer at KalBlue. Choosing the Best Solution EFI's Krumm notes that various machines differ in terms of media handling. "All these designs have their advantages and disadvantages. The key is to know what they are and to choose the best solution for your application range. For instance, a moving gantry design you can print on one side of the table while you are loading on the other side of the table if your typi- cal work is on smaller boards. This can't be done if you have a flying table design but does not matter if most of your work is on full-size boards. That's where the advantages of a hybrid come in. It does not matter if they are large boards or small; you can maximize your productivity with the minimum amount of time between boards." Hybrids Offer More Options Krumm notes when looking at new models that hybrid tech- nology has evolved to the point where it is the choice for a very broad swath of the industry, especially in higher-volume work. "There are some applications such as lenticular printing, that can benefit from a true-flatbed production on products such as EFI's Pro 24f printer. But certainly, in the higher-volume production end of the market, our customers tell us products like the EFI VUTEk h series or the VUTEk HS 125 Pro printer deliver the types of speeds and efficiencies they need to grow their business on rigid-substrate or R2R work." He adds that the application range is very wide and var- ies in complexity and quality. "Once again that is one of the main advantages for the hybrid printer but here are some of them: indoor and outdoor signage, P.O.P. advertising, exhibition graphics, backlit displays, display graphics, posters, long term outdoor graphics, banners and signage, wall murals and free- standing displays (corrugated)." Thinking Inside the Box Krumm says that Premium Color Group is meeting surg- ing demand for new business and its custom packaging line using high-end L E D digital inkjet technology from E F I . The Carlstadt, New Jersey-based company has installed an EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer that will significantly increase the company's respon- siveness and capabilities supporting PCG's growing business. The 126-inch-wide digital printer, which produces up to 50 boards per hour in its premium quality/point-of-purchase modes, offers a dramatic speed increase for PCG, so much so that the company was able to replace a pair of smaller LED printers while increas- ing its throughput capacity by 78 percent. Because the VUTEk LX3 Pro handles both rigid and roll materials, the company has also eliminated the need for one of its two roll-to-roll printers. "Two and a half years ago, we got into the custom packag- ing business with our U.S.-patented Box line," explains Mark Fitzgerald, one of the three managing partners at PCG along with John Watson and Andy Griffin. "In two-and-a-half years, we grew the line tenfold, and the demand continues to grow. We needed to vastly increase our throughput while keeping the same great quality, and the VUTEk LX3 with the Fiery control- ler fits the bill perfectly. We loved the quality of our previous EFI printers, so we had confidence the VUTEk LX3 Pro would also be a quality product, and it is," he concludes. SDG swissQprint wide- format printers are said to have an outstanding energy efficiency. LED curing is one of the reasons. (Image courtesy of SwissQprint) Premium Color Group is meeting the demand for new business and its custom packaging line with high-end LED digital inkjet with EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer. (Images courtesy of EFI)

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