Electronics For Imaging’s (EFI) VUTEk 5r LED roll-to-roll printer has been installed by packaging and marketing production firm SGS Cincinnati.
The 5m wide superwide-format product will allow the Cincinnati-based company to expand its point-of purchase/ point-of-display (POP/POS) signage business. It will bring better performance and efficiencies to its operations.
SGS stated that it was impressed by VUTEk 5r and the larger size of the format can maximise output and enhance productivity.
The performance with expanded substrate range can help SGS Cincinnati in achieving more than its conventional presses for POP and POS work.
The company expects to improve the sales samples side of the business through the availability of enhanced substrates.
EFI says that the VUTEk 5r features high-resolution, 7-picoliter EFI UltraDrop technology and it has been designed to offer fast rated throughput – running at speeds of 4896 ft2/hr and has the highest imaging quality of its class.
The machine offers integrated production workflow advantages such as value-added options including an inline finishing system for all-in-one printing, x-cutting, slitting, collecting and advanced white printing modes, which can give its users competitive advantage in capability and quality that they can offer.
EFI claims that thanks to the new system, SGS Cincinnati can now maximise efficiency and performance.
SGS Cincinnati retail production manager Russ Brown said “We added the VUTEk because it will greatly improve our POP, POS and sales sample side of the business.
“The roll-to-roll capability expands our capability to print on a variety of different materials like translucent film for backlits, while the flatbed option means we can print on substrates up to 11mm thick, such as acrylics, and metal-backed styrene for high-quality products.”
Brown said: “This is also our first foray in to LED, and we were very impressed with the system. We can now offer more options with outdoor banners that deliver longer life with a friendlier technology.
“We can also print with white onto a roll or acrylic and put process color on top. We didn’t have this ability until we received this machine and it’s a pretty significant step for us.”
An EFI Fiery proServer Premium installed with the press provides superior color management as well as efficient processing, RIPing VUTEk print jobs up to 60% faster than previous proServer versions.