ColorNet, which serves the metropolitan Washington, D.C., market from its facility in Sterling, VA, and its sister company, Rockville Printing and Graphics, in Rockville, MD, installed the six-color, two-meter wide printer in its Virginia location to meet demand for high-end, wide-format graphics.
The company had previously used roll-media aqueous inkjet printers for wide-format applications. The VUTEk QS2 Pro printer’s flatbed-printing capabilities give ColorNet direct-to-substrate printing on rigid media, eliminating the time and expense of mounting graphics onto other materials.
“Wide format graphics is a growing segment for us,” said Russell Ramey, ColorNet’s senior director of sales and marketing. “The possibilities with UV are endless, and we made this purchase because we did not want to limit ourselves in terms of what we can produce.”
The VUTEk QS2 Pro offers point-of-purchase image quality with six-color process and white inks and single-pass, multilayer printing. Variable-drop grayscale imaging, high color accuracy and consistency all help ColorNet sell more color-critical and higher-premium products. The printer comes standard with roll-to-roll functionality and prints on rigid, sheet and flexible media up to 80 inches wide and up to two inches thick.
ColorNet’s new Fiery proServer simplifies and streamlines production management, providing real-time statuses for print mode, carriage speed, consumable usage and other details. It also includes a parallel-processing production RIP and comprehensive color management tools, as well as default media profiles and other automated workflow features.
“In today’s print industry, wide format inkjet is often an essential part of building a stronger, more successful business,” said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, EFI.