Agfa Graphics today announced that Signs By Tomorrow (SBT) of Royal Oak, Michigan, recently purchased Agfa's :Anapurna M4f . With the installation of the system, SBT Royal Oak is now able to offer new products and services to its customers thanks to the large variety of substrates that the :Anapurna M4f can handle. The company specialises in producing props, signage, period pieces and banners for various TV and film projects. So far this year, SBT Royal Oak has produced props for 26 films and has more than 50 films overall to its credit.
The :Anapurna M4f is an industrial UV inkjet printer that provides photorealistic quality and can produce POP, displays, posters, exhibition panels, stage graphics, ad panels and more. It features a print resolution of 720 x 1440 dpi and a maximum printing width of 62 inches.
":Anapurna's excellent quality and outstanding output drew us to the system at the 2009 SGIA Expo. I looked at a lot of competitive systems, but the :Anapurna M4f is a solid machine. It's like the Mercedes of flatbeds!" said Jack Hemp, Owner, Signs By Tomorrow, Royal Oak. "Because the :Anapurna can handle a variety of substrates, we can offer our customers extended flexibility. For movie and TV projects, film set designers and art directors don't have to build walls. Now I print a prop that looks like a wall with the :Anapurna. This helps my customers reduce costs and provides more flexibility for their creativity."
In the Detroit area, SBT Royal Oak are the "go-to-guys" for the film industry. When it's 3AM and the props need to be on set at 8AM, SBT Royal Oak gets the job done.
"We went with the :Anapurna because we wanted to expand our offerings. We aren't focusing solely on the film/TV work. We want to get into more markets, including POP and wholesale work. Resale work is a key area for us and because of the :Anapurna we have booked jobs with a local design school and high-end automotive dealers. We are swamped and it's great!" Hemp added.
The :Anapurna M4f as well as Agfa's full line of inkjet systems were on hand and running live at SGIA 2010, which was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 13th through the 15th.