Guildford, UK-based Digital Sign Services purchased two EFI
VUTEk 5r+ LED superwide roll-to-roll printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. within the past six months.
The company installed its first VUTEk 5r+ printer earlier this year. The second printer will be installed in the coming weeks.
“Thanks to the success of the first VUTEk 5r+ and EFI’s after-sales service, help and support with bedding in the new machine, we are purchasing our second 5r+ and having it installed this summer,” said Tom Weaver, managing director at Digital Sign Services.
The company works purely in trade services, specializing in large-format printing for retail signage, windows and point of sale
Digital Sign Services had previously purchased VUTEk printers.
“The big reasons why we choose EFI, again and again, is their after-sales care and their response to any issues or problems we may have,” Weaver explained, discussing his company’s reliance on EFI technologies leading up to Digital Sign Services’ latest two purchases. “We also think the 5r+ is a better machine in that it uses LED lamps for curing rather than mercury vapor lamps.”
EFI’s “cool cure” LED technology on the printer requires up to 82% less energy compared to traditional UV or latex printing.
“With the 5r+ we have the reliability of the LEDs in a less power-hungry machine that also doesn’t have mercury lamps damaging the environment or anything else,” said Weaver.
Plus, the lower-heat/lower-energy curing process means Digital Sign Services can successfully print on thin or delicate substrates that cannot withstand the heat required with latex and UV printers.
The VUTEk 5r+ model features a re-engineered print head control algorithm that provides higher ink densities and overall quality improvement. Printing resolution is up to 1200 dots per inch, with native EFI UItraDrop Technology 7-picolitre variable-drop printheads.
The VUTEk 5r+ printers also offer several new options, including automated backlit and blockout printing.