iTek Graphics has invested in EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll inkjet press, in a bid to expand its production operations.
The company has purchased the VUTEk press to replace an older hybrid inkjet printer and meet the growing customer demand for retail point-of-purchase (POP) signage and graphics.
iTek Graphics owner John Rawlins said: “We looked at all the high-volume, high-quality superwide-format inkjet presses in the market.
“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.”
iTek Graphics will use the new 126in wide digital press for applications, including retail display promotional signage printed on styrene and corrugated plastic.
Most of the signage is printed for a major grocery chain, which depends on iTek Graphics for its printing requirements at locations across eight states.
VUTEk press, which holds capacity to print up to 125 boards per hour, includes eight channels with including two white inks.
The press provides premium-quality and grayscale imaging on a broad range of flexible and rigid substrates up to two inches thick.
VUTEk press is also provided with three-quarter automated material handling system, which helps in faster loading and off-loading to maintain high productivity.
iTek Graphics also provides sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital printing service, and is using EFI MIS/ERP workflow software to drive efficiencies in its overall business and production management operations.
The EFI Fiery proServer digital front end will help iTek Graphics to drive its new superwide-format inkjet press, which is integrated with the EFI Midmarket Print Suite workflow.
Rawlins further added: “When we moved into our current facility 14 months ago, 40% percent of our business was digital. Now, with the new HS125 press, our digital printing revenues should reach the 50% mark by the end of the year.”
EFI provides advanced industrial printing and decoration systems for corrugated board, textile, ceramic tile and other applications.