20 Jan 2021

Eureka! Signs installs EFI VUTEk GS3250 Pro UV flatbed/roll printer

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El Paso, Texas-based Eureka! Signs has installed an EFI VUTEk GS3250 Pro UV flatbed/roll printer. The company - one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of awnings used in the retail industry - has expanded its graphics capabilities with the new, 3.2-metre wide printer to meet growing demand.

Adding high-end print capabilities is one of the last links for the company to establish a complete, in-house manufacturing operation for full-colour, custom-printed awnings. Prior to the recent printer installation, Eureka! Signs outsourced printing work required for awnings, which added time and cost to the process.

"Our capabilities have changed dramatically with the VUTEk GS3250 Pro printer," said Ernie Koury, Eureka! Signs' founder and president. "While many companies in this industry require 9-12 weeks to produce a printed awning, we can complete an entire awning in a matter of days."

Koury knew the VUTEk GS3250 Pro would suit his company's needs exactly. "One of our largest clients requires 3M™ MCS™ Warranty certification for his awnings, and I knew EFI had the printer and ink capabilities to produce that type of work," Koury said of his purchase decision. "It was an important factor in jobs we were outsourcing, but now we have brought those capabilities in house, and it has created significant savings on the current volume of work we produce."

Now, Eureka! Signs meets its clients' 3M™ MCS™ Warranty requirements internally, using the new printer to produce customer jobs on 3M media with EFI VUTEk GS 3M™ Premium UV Ink. Because of the existing demand he has for printed awnings, Koury said the printer purchase was a no-risk investment. Plus, the VUTEk GS3250 Pro printer helps him capture new opportunities.

Perhaps most significant of all, the new printer gives Eureka! Signs an opportunity to add more local graphics-printing opportunities to the national account awning work it provides. Eureka! Signs is already earning new print work from customers in El Paso and nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, because it is one of the few businesses in the region offering the level of high-end, UV-inkjet superwide-format printing the VUTEk GS3250 Pro provides.

Eureka! Signs' VUTEk GS3250 Pro prints in eight colours, plus white ink, and offers exceptional image quality in resolutions up to 1,000 dots per inch. The printer's unique, three-layer white capabilities provide the added benefit of superior imaging on backlit displays and other high-impact signage applications.

Designed to produce a wide variety of graphics on both rigid and roll media, the VUTEk GS3250 Pro printer runs at speeds up to 2,400 ft2/hour. An advanced, variable-dot greyscale feature on the printer helps extend users' reach into more lucrative, higher-volume jobs at a lower total cost of ownership. An EFI Fiery® proServer Eureka! Signs installed with the printer simplifies job management and reduces turnaround times with default media profiles, comprehensive colour management tools and parallel-processing features for faster RIPing.

"Every so often I come across VUTEk users who really make a splash because they have mastered the skills needed to provide the very best answers to their clients' needs," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "I think that is why Eureka! Signs is having such success with its EFI VUTEk GS3250 Pro printer investment. The printer is the ideal option because it provides a combination of productivity and premium-quality output that Ernie Koury's team can leverage to build market share, reduce costs and to profitably win new clients."

EFI will showcase VUTEk printing technologies at the upcoming ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA, 24-26 April on stand 1812. For more information about EFI VUTEk printers, please visit www.efi.com

For more information about Eureka! Signs, please visit www.eurekasigns.com

First European installation of Fujifilm Inca Onset S40i with white

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Fujifilm has announced that Arslan Digital in Turkey has taken delivery of the first Inca Onset S40i with double white ink capacity in Europe.

Based in Izmir, Arslan Digital is one of Turkey’s leading wide format digital print companies. In operation for 12 years, the company specialises in large format digital printing and outdoor media, serving industries such as FMCG, retail, automotive, banking, real estate and trade fairs. Working predominantly via advertising agencies, including a number of global players, Arslan Digital has now set its sights on expanding into indoor and free standing display units, as well as packaging and corrugated applications.

“We have been evaluating the market for some time now, tracking the progress of the leading wide format machine suppliers. We decided that the Inca Onset S40i with white from Fujifilm was the perfect solution for the future of our business because of its speed, reliability, quality, productivity and above all its engineering strength,” comments Mr Tevfik Arslan, owner of the company.

He continues: “The white capability of the S40i means that, as a purely digital company, we can now compete against the screen printing businesses that have always had this capability. This is an extremely important step for us, and the S40i was the only device on the market that we felt made this a viable option, with the quality and speed at which it can lay down white.”

The 4-colour with white Onset S40i includes a double white ink capability, resulting in excellent print speeds when printing white onto a wide variety of premium quality graphic substrates. It incorporates 168 Fujifilm Dimatix printheads (56 for white) on a full width print array. As a result, the printer produces superb POS-quality display graphics economically at throughput speeds of up to 560 sqm/hr (CMYK only) equivalent to 112 full bed sheets/hr (3.14 x 1.6m), and onto substrates up to 50mm (2 in) thick. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super high quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements. The printer uses Fujifilm’s Uvijet OZ ink system which provides excellent colour gamut, adhesion and finishing properties.

“We have acknowledged for some time that Turkey is a strategically important and fast developing region. With an unquestionable track record of engineering, reliability and ability to deliver POP quality at high speed, the Inca Onset S40i fits the growing market need in Turkey really well,” comments Kevin Jenner, business manager wide format, Europe - Eastern Region, Fujifilm. “Despite there being a lot of market demand in Turkey and the Middle East, there are still lots of digital companies that currently don’t have the capability to print a high-quality white. Historically, this has been technically challenging to achieve, but the unique combination of the Inca technology with Fujifilm’s Uvijet OZ ink formulation represents a breakthrough for applications requiring this capability.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Arslan Digital, as their company ethos fits well with that of Fujifilm, and we are certain that they will make the most of the capabilities of the machine. With such a positive outlook, we anticipate a long and fruitful partnership.” said Ahmet Kocaman, senior group manager of Fujifilm Turkey Graphic Systems.

Rising demand for high-end POP signage brings an EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro to The Garvey Group

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EFI  and The Garvey Group today announced the installation of a new EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press at The Garvey Group's Los Angeles production facility. The two companies made the announcement during the GlobalShop 2014 retail, design and visual merchandising show in Las Vegas.

Installed earlier this month, the new, high-volume press gives The Garvey Group increased capacity to meet growing entertainment and national retailer demand for premium, point-of-purchase (POP) signage. The 3.2-metre wide press also strengthens The Garvey Group's service capabilities in high-end indoor and outdoor promotional graphics for Hollywood TV and film studios.

The press purchase puts The Garvey Group at the forefront of superwide-format imaging capabilities, expanding the capacity and quality the company offers through its national fleet of digital and litho production presses.

"Quality and speed are essential to our retail and entertainment industry customers, and they need suppliers who are proactive in their ability to consistently produce accurate, high-end work under tight deadlines," said Ed Garvey, CEO of The Garvey Group. "Our talented teams partnered with EFI several years ago to establish an advanced graphic imaging platform that helps our customers build their brands. Now, the faster, higher-volume EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro is taking The Garvey Group's reliability, quality and support offering to new heights."

The VUTEk HS100 Pro prints on a wide variety of roll and rigid media. It also offers throughput comparable to screen printing, with print quality that approaches offset. Operating at speeds up to 100 boards per hour, the press has a number of imaging- and productivity-enhancing features including:

  • Printing in up to eight colours, including the industry's best white ink and a unique, multi-layer printing capability for superior visual appeal on backlit displays and other applications.
  • EFI's Pin & Cure imaging technology, which offers precise ink lay-down for critical colour accuracy and consistency, gloss control and an increased colour gamut.
  • True, variable-dot greyscale inkjet head technology for higher image quality and better matching of brand colours.

"EFI has a long and successful history of working with The Garvey Group and we are excited about arming this valued customer with the best-in-class capabilities of our high end EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro inkjet press," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "With this press, The Garvey Group can offer a higher level of speed and quality to businesses in the retail and entertainment industries."


Brindley Design & Print invests in a third Agfa Anapurna

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Birmingham-based Brindley Design & Print has upgraded its Anapurna M2 to an Anapurna M1600 to increase productivity. The Anapurna M2, which was installed in 2009, has served the company well but with an increased workload there was a need to step up production.

The company, managed by two directors, Phil Mander and Mark Plotnek, has maintained a number of loyal customers, several of whom are printers. Brindley Design & Print outsources its litho work to these printers and receives display business in return. Some of this work is sample packaging, which the Anapurna is able to print directly onto coated board.

“We looked at several alternatives to the Anapurna but, with the satisfying experience of working with Agfa over the past few years and hearing of other not so favourable experiences within the industry, we are very happy we stayed with a company we trust,” explained Mark Plotnek.

Business is good but the company aims to expand further by selling its sign and display graphic services via the web, which in less than a year already accounts for 15% of the turnover.

New business is also arriving by way of recommendation from educational academies. “The academies initially approached us for posters, but soon we progressed to pop-up displays, and now we are producing and installing large scale exterior building signage utilising the services of scaffolders and cherry pickers. The new M1600 has performed very well, although we have still to properly make full use of all its features. For example, printing with white ink offers so many possibilities for the future,” comments Phil Mander.

Agfa Graphics announces new Jeti Titan S and HS UV-curable wide-format printers

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Agfa Graphics has announced two new machines which build on the success of the Jeti Titan series of UV-curable wide-format printers - the Jeti Titan S (speed) and Jeti Titan HS (high speed) true flatbed UV-inkjet printers.  The new printers combine 'exceptional print quality and high productivity at a best-in-industry price point' and the robust build engines incorporate the latest generation in inkjet print heads (the Ricoh Gen 5 with 1,280 nozzles).

The Jeti Titan S is equipped with one row of print heads, yet is field upgradeable to two rows, thus becoming a Jeti Titan HS and doubling the productivity level.  Both models are making their debut at C!Print 2014 - scheduled to be held in Lyon, France, between 4th and 6th February 2014 - and will be on display in Hall 5, stand B18/C17, A16/B15 & Atelier Nova Live.

Reflecting market demands, the default set-up for both models is six colours plus white (CMYKLcLmWW). White printing is supported different modes including overprint, under-print, spot, under-spot, fill and over-spot for rigids and pre-white for roll media. The productive white ink solution features an automated recirculation system for optimal reliability.

The Jeti Titan S and HS are ideal for higher volume or fast turnaround jobs. They are designed to guarantee the highest accuracy in drop placement. The 7 picolitre droplet size makes it possible to achieve photorealistic image quality with fine text down to 4pt positive and negative. The Jeti Titan S & HS are ideal for high-value work like POP viewed at close range or for the high-level art, fashion & cosmetics markets.

The Jeti Titan S and HS have a 2x3m true flatbed design for optimum registration and repeatability. Both systems feature a precision moving table, built on a robust steel frame for seven day/three shift endurance, and use the latest generation of print heads and curing technology.  Giving even more production flexibility, the ‘flat-to-roll’ option gives users the ability to print flexible media up to 3.2m wide with the same high quality and resolution as rigid materials.

Jeti Titan S and HS, Asanti workflow software and Anuvia UV-curable inks form a matched component system, designed to work together optimally to ensure the highest quality results and maximum productivity for a predictable income.

UK's first VUTEk HS100 Pro goes to consolidated event specialist, Icon

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McKenzie Clark's integration with Icon, following acquisition by Chime Communications, has been finalised and the combined company has now installed the first VUTEk HS100 Pro high-speed digital press in the UK. As a first-time purchaser of EFI technology, the company's new flat-bed and roll-fed UV-curable 3.2m platform is complemented by the Fiery proServer digital front-end, enabling both throughput and quality to be addressed on the same device without compromise, and is an important addition to increase productivity of point-of-purchase and event graphics.

The amalgamation into a single site for the former McKenzie Clark and Icon brings together two diverse areas of wide-format display requirements as precision photographic quality output combines resources with sport and event brand management in one production area. Managing directors Graham Clark and Keith Goodwin believe that the variance in print criteria is easily addressed with the high-speed VUTEk HS100 Pro press, which features the latest greyscale print-heads plus EFI's innovative pin and cure technology that allows for greater droplet control and different finishes across a variety of materials.

For Icon, the key necessity was to supersede its existing Lambda output with newer, more sustainable technology without compromising the superlative quality for which the company is renowned. "It is vital that we maintain consistency across colours with the option for matte, satin and gloss finishes so that we can easily meet the results expected by our clients, many of whom specialise in the beauty and fashion sectors," states Clark.

"Our prior experience of wide-format printing technology has increased our expectations of what we can expect from the right platform. Although this is our first ever purchase from EFI, we are confident that the VUTEk HS100 Pro is the right machine for all of our requirements."

"The contrast in print needs created by the complementary markets in which Icon specialises means that our newest wide-format printer must give us the best of both worlds," explains Goodwin. "It is essential that it addresses very fine standards of print with precision colour matching for close viewing, yet accommodates extremely high throughput speeds for jobs which are going to be observed from a distance."

Formed by the merger of Speedway Signs and Aerosigns, Icon's roots go back to 1937. The company is the UK's largest event branding specialist, handling major events worldwide including the forthcoming Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which it is sponsoring, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. McKenzie Clark was founded in 1963 and its expertise in live events and retail is complemented by full design and management services.

The acquisition of the two companies by Chime Communications consolidates the strengths of both businesses and accelerates continued expansion. The investment in the EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro and EFI Fiery proServer increases their wide-format capabilities with the steady growth in production demands.