GCI Graphics has installed a state-of-the-art soft signage dye sublimation production line, featuring an EFI™ VUTEk® FabriVU® 340 printer and Fiery® proServer digital front end (DFE) from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII), along with a Klieverik heat press.
The new equipment gives GCI Graphics the ability to help customers save money and resources with reusable, high-end soft signage graphics that are easy to ship, store and re-use in point-of-purchase retail display, arena and exhibition graphics, and other applications. “The new EFI soft signage equipment is part of our major growth investment in GCI Graphics to bring clients the best digital print solutions, and it extends GCI Graphics’ presence as the premier grand-format printer in the Southeast,” said Exploring President Dave Walens. Innovation and value in high-end soft signage graphics .
The new inkjet production line also follows Exploring’s commitment to using the highest-quality production equipment available to deliver truly innovative solutions and value. The 3.4-meter VUTEk FabriVU printer is an aqueous dye-sublimation soft signage textile product developed using the advanced technology knowledge base that EFI Reggiani – a global leader in industrial textile imaging – has established over the past 70 years. The printer offers superior quality with high-resolution imaging up to 2,400 dots per inch (dpi) and four-level grayscale printing with 4 to 18 picoliter drop sizes. GCI Graphics gains versatility and timesaving benefits with the printer, which offers the distinct advantage of printing on transfer paper or direct-to-fabric with the same inkset.
That capability saves considerable labor and machine downtime compared to other printers when changing from transfer to direct applications, on top of the expense of discarded ink that is wasted when clearing ink lines.
The new printer installation expands a versatile signage and graphics production operation at GCI Graphics that also includes EFI VUTEk roll-to-roll inkjet printers for production on traditional banner substrates. A 3.2-meter VUTEk GS series LED printer at GCI Graphics produces high-end point-of-purchase quality display graphics in resolutions up 2,400 dpi on roll and rigid media. EFI’s market-leading, environmentally friendly “cool-cure” LED inkjet technology on the printer gives GCI Graphics the ability to print on thin or delicate substrates that cannot withstand the heat required with latex inkjet or traditional UV drying and curing, all while using up to 82% less energy than latex or UV.