The company purchased all three printers at the 2018 SGIA Expo tradeshow.
“The new EFI devices take us to a new level of capacity, quality and efficiency,” said Francis Tellier, president of PDI Large Format Solutions. “We’ve increased our production capacity by 40%, and we have aggressive plans to double our annual growth for the next few years. In addition, the new devices feature significantly lower costs for ink, electricity and maintenance, which helps us maintain our competitiveness in a large market.
“When it came time to invest in new technology, we decided to build on our partnership because EFI was able to satisfy all our needs with its technology through one vendor,” he added. “They were able to give us roll-to-roll, rigid, and dye-sublimation technology with one service agreement. No one else could do that.”
With production facilities in Laval, a suburb of Montreal, PDI Large Format’s clients include many of the largest names in the Canadian retail space. The company specializes in point-of-purchase signage and specialty products, including 3D custom displays.
A new, high-velocity 7-picoliter UltraDrop Technology grayscale printhead technology on PDI Large Format’s VUTEk h3 printer delivers precision dot placement and consistency with eight- and optional four-color printing modes plus white, as well as nine-layer print capability. The printer, winner of SGIA’s 2018 Product of The Year award in the UV Hybrid/Flatbed High Volume Production Class category – offers maximum throughput of up to 74 boards per hour.
PDI Large Format plans to complete the upgrade to the h5 model by the end of the first quarter this year, which will increase production up to 109 boards per hour.
The company’s new, 3.5-meter (138-inch) wide VUTEk 3r+ roll-to-roll LED device delivers print speeds of up to 390 square meters (4,198 square feet) per hour.
The printer features high-end, 7-picoliter UltraDrop Technology imaging, a 1,200-dpi maximum resolution, and up to eight-color (including optional white) output.