During ACUP 2019, Elizabeth Bowden of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, spoke about her in-plant's experiences with its flatbed wide-format printer, detailing some of the key areas to pay attention to, such as need, budget, integration and upkeep.
The next-generation TrueVIS VG2 series 54˝ and 64˝ wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters offer comprehensive color choices, improved machine efficiency and increased print-and-cut accuracy for true unattended production.
Executive leaders from Canon Solutions America's Large Format and Global Managed Services divisions shared success stories through the voice of the customers.
The new Acuity LED 40 Series of mid-volume UV flatbed printers is designed to be a cost-effective printer for growing print service providers as well as existing Acuity customers considering an upgrade.
The Océ Arizona 1300 series of high-productivity mid-volume UV true flatbed printers have productive print modes, optional light and white ink support, optically clear varnish and enhanced screening to deliver outstanding print quality, print after print.
The 20th annual conference featured nearly 200 educational sessions, many new product demos and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
Offset volume has been slowly declining at Carleton University’s in-plant. Printing campus signage seemed the perfect solution.
Not every university or school district has an in-plant. For those that don't, commercial and specialty printers have stepped in to provide the printing they need. Those printers have some interesting observations that may prove useful to in-plants serving the education market.
Losing money is never a good strategy, especially for an in-plant in the gaming industry. PCI Printing placed it bets on two new hybrid flatbed printers and came up a winner.
Adding a hybrid flatbed printer to his in-plant, says Joe Morin, has "allowed us to expand well beyond our past capabilities to substrates such as acrylics, metals and wood.” The shop now prints signage for district schools, which is becoming a big business.
Print volumes are going down for types of work that have traditionally kept in-plants busy. At the same time, those in-plants producing wide-format projects have discovered a gold mine. Not only are the margins higher, customers are actively looking for new wide-format applications to order.
At the SGIA Expo, attendees experienced new and advanced Fujifilm technology in the company's "Win even more work" themed booth, which resulted in successfully signed contracts.
The future has never looked brighter for companies that produce signage and display graphics. It remains a growth market and, as inkjet printing technology advances, the types of applications continue to expand.