In only its seventh year of full digital production, Santa Fe Springs, CA-based TWG has evolved into providing graphic and structural design and 3D engineering services to large manufacturers and brokers that specialize in packaging and in-store point-of-purchase (POP) displays. The recently installed 3.2-meter VUTEk printer will allow the company to take advantage of growing opportunities in corrugated packaging and permanent display production.
“What impressed me about the VUTEk was the system’s speed and versatility,” said TWG president Jim Warren Watts Jr. “It’s not only appropriate for corrugated sheets, but also for almost any substrate you can imagine, from chip board to foam and acrylics. The printer will help us to continue to develop and increase our larger quantity capabilities in corrugated as well as benefit the signage side of the business.”
After hiring Nick Lindsey – a digital executive who is now a partner in the business – TWG purchased its first large format printer and marked $500,000 in sales in 2009. Today, TWG employs 48 people and, just this year, has grown from a 12,000 to a 20,000 square foot facility to accommodate a new pack out house and fulfillment area.
TWG’s production floor includes roll-to-roll and flatbed printers from different manufacturers, but the addition of the VUTEk – which can print up to 94 boards per hour – brings much-needed speed along with the versatility to produce a wide range of applications.
“The VUTEk allows us to print 10 times faster than our flatbed printers. A job that might have taken 22 hours can now be done in an hour and 30 minutes,” Watts said. “With this faster turnaround and a changing marketplace, we can satisfy smaller runs from one to several hundred in quantity to full production POP runs up to about 1,500 pieces.”
The new VUTEk LX3 Pro also features energy-efficient, “cool cure” LED curing technology, which requires much less heat than UV or latex inkjet printers. The 3.2-meter-wide inkjet production device also offers an extended-gamut ink set capable of delivering imaging quality comparable to eight-color, premium POP graphics using only four colors.