“We used to be able to print three to five boards per hour on our old printer, and now we can do more than 50 boards an hour,” American Graphics President Bob Hindman said. “We typically print 10 signs on each board, so the new printer gives us much more capacity.”
The 126-inch wide LED-inkjet VUTEk 32h model is a brand-new EFI offering that won industry association SGIA’s 2019 Product of the Year Award in the UV hybrid $100,000 to $500,000 category.
“The UV printers we considered, for example, had failsafe levers in case the curing lamps became too hot, something we do not have to worry about with LED imaging," Hindman said.
The EFI LED inkjet imaging technology on American Graphics’ new printer also requires less energy than comparable UV-cure or latex printers. Plus, it gives the company the ability to print on thin, delicate or specialty substrates that cannot withstand the heat that comes with drying or curing systems on other superwide-format printing technologies.
According to Hindman, American Graphics can proof, print, cut and deliver many of its larger-volume orders in the time it takes analog screen print competitors to create screens.
“The VUTEk 32h has exceeded our expectations,” he said. “The speed we can deliver to our customers now is a big advantage in our market. And, we are finally able to compete on larger-volume jobs that we would have had to outsource to other providers in the past.”