“We had wanted a wide-format device for a while, partly to broaden our customer base and the services we offer,” said WP Ward, founder of Flexpress. “We also received feedback from our clients that they had wide-format work and would give to us if we had the right device.”
For Ward, the choice of wide-format printer was clear. “It can print on such a wide variety of materials, and that really opens up what we can do,” he said. We can print on substrates almost 2 inches thick…”
Within the next 12 months Flexpress intends to explore short-run packaging and package prototyping services with the printer, including printing custom products for local events and tradeshows.
The Pro 16h model runs up to 30% faster than other EFI entry-level hybrid inkjet devices. The EFI Fiery proServer Core digital front end (DFE) on the printer helps drive the high productivity with EFI FAST RIP acceleration technology, RIP-and-print-on-demand functionality, and the ability to print pre-RIPed files at the printer interface.
The printer’s “cool cure” LED technology cures prints at lower temperatures, giving Flexpress the ability to run thin or challenging substrates that cannot withstand the heat required in UV or latex printing. The lower-temperature curing also translates into lower energy costs compared with similar UV and latex printers.
Flexpress offers a full range of digital printing, bindery and finishing, fulfillment, and graphic design services to local business and brokers across the country. The company also uses an EFI Fiery DFE on one of its cut-sheet digital presses, and it offers web-to-print job submission using EFI Digital StoreFront software.