EFI announced that El Paso, TX-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-meter 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-color, 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.”
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.
Eureka! Signs’ VUTEk GS3250 Pro prints in eight colors, 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 grayscale feature on the printer helps extend users’ reach into more lucrative, higher-volume jobs at a lower total cost of ownership.
EFI will showcase VUTEk printing technologies at the upcoming ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, April 24-26, in booth 1812.