When offset printing business Crescent Press acquired the company to which it used to outsource wide-format printing jobs, such as display boards and interior and exterior banners, one of its first actions was to invest in
In addition to new roll-fed printers, Crescent Press managing director Andy Matthews identified a need for a flatbed unit that could print directly onto rigid substrates. The solution he chose was an EFI H1625 LED printer, as this provides the flexibility, print quality and value for money that the company demands.
“We’d always admired the VUTEk technology from EFI, but as this was a new venture for us, we needed to justify our investment and had decided on a more realistic investment that suited our customer and budgetary requirements. The EFI H1625 shares many of the characteristics of its larger brother without compromising on value for money, reliable inks and good service and back-up when required,” explains Matthews.
He says that the investment has already given a big boost to productivity. “Instead of mounting finished roll-fed prints onto boards we can now output straight to rigid sheets, and this means that the manual, time-consuming labour element has largely been eliminated. The result is that we’ve increased productivity so that our production teams can now concentrate on what they do best, and that’s to generate more print without the need to add more
The printer has also expanded the type of wide format jobs that Crescent Press is able to fulfil. These now include pull-up, tension and fabric banners; pop-up stands; exhibition counters; life-size cut-outs; 3D lettering; window vinyls; vehicle graphics; and bespoke wall coverings.
“The EFI H1625 LED has given us a new direction in the type of job we can now produce. Its quality matches the specifications required by our customers, and the inclusion of white ink means we can produce applications which weren’t possible when just relying on standard colour options,” adds Matthews.