Source One Digital, located in Norton Shores, MI, is a full-service large and grand format printer with an outstanding range of capabilities including flatbed, direct-to-fabric, dye sub, latex, solvent, routing, cutting and large format high-resolution color print production. This is what Source One Digital says on their web site: "Any material, any size, any shape. There's nothing we can't do."
Source One Digital recently installed three—that's three—large format digital inkjet printers from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. The list includes a 5-meter Uvistar 2 super wide format UV roll printer (making Source One Digital the first printer in the United States to do so,) an Inca Onset S40 wide format UV flatbed inkjet printer, and an Acuity Advance UV flatbed printer.
This powerful new lineup of equipment greatly expands the capabilities and capacities of Source One Digital. According to Randy Crow, president of Source One Digital, "If it can be printed on rigid or roll material, we can print it."
Source One Digital was created in 1996 to service the needs of RC Productions, a marketing services agency Crow opened in 1981. Source One Digital has since grown to serve companies of all types and sizes across the United States, including major retailers, sports teams and facilities, display solutions, and wholesale clients including advertising agencies, sign companies and printers.
In 2004, Source One Digital brought in five super wide format printers to handle their growing business. Over the years, they've added a full complement of fabricating and finishing equipment—including routers, cutters and welders—to keep up with their growing client base and increasing customer requirements.
According to Crow, "Even with all of the high production equipment we had, we had filled the capacity tube. Everything in the shop was at capacity. The flatbeds were running around the clock. We were running the legs off of the super wide machines."
The time had come for Source One Digital to take the next step and make the investment in new equipment. Crow tapped Jim Freed, vice president of Digital Services, to begin "looking at everything out there, intensely," said Freed.
At an industry trade show, Freed spent some time with Fujifilm discussing Source One Digital's challenging situation and potential solutions. A follow up visit to Fujifilm's Kansas City, Kansas, demo facility sealed the deal. Both Crow and Freed saw tremendous value and benefit in working with Fujifilm. "Fujifilm had everything we needed, the full range of equipment, ink, software, and a reputation for service and reliability," Crow said.
"We were amazed at the throughput of the Uvistar," Freed said. "We were lucky to get one roll a day out of our older machine. Now we're running four or five full rolls through the Uvistar each day. One Uvistar 2 beat the output of five of the machines it replaced." Freed also pointed to the vast improvement in print quality with the Uvistar 2 thanks to the new PDS (Parallel Drop Size) technology.
The "breathtaking" quality and outstanding production capabilities of the Inca Onset S40 wide format UV flatbed inkjet printer from Fujifilm were key factors in the decision to add one to the Source One Digital lineup. Freed said, "The Inca had the best quality of any of the machines we looked at, and gave us the boost in capacity we needed. Many of the competitive machines were just replacement products for what we already had; it would take two competitive machines to match the Inca. The Inca Onset S40 was a big step up."