Wasatch SoftRIP is helping Featherlite Exhibits manage their various production processes, maximize time and money savings, and make their workflow more efficient. Featherlite, in business since 1964, is an industry-leading producer of quality tradeshow exhibits for all kinds of display needs. In addition to Wasatch being Featherlite's RIP of choice, it's also one of its customers—Wasatch's SGIA 2011 tradeshow graphics were printed and installed by Featherlite Exhibits!
In order to produce their large and grand format tradeshow graphics, Featherlite uses Wasatch SoftRIP, a Roland SOLJET Pro II SJ-1000, and a Dilli Neo Titan UV-1606. With SoftRIP, Featherlite can manage their various production processes, which include UV direct printing onto roll stock, printing onto rigid sheet goods, and producing dye sublimated textile graphics.
"Wasatch SoftRIP was highly recommended by printer hardware and consumable providers in the industry," says Graeme Nelson, Owner. "With its intuitive user interface and robust features, it has all the tools we need to produce great tradeshow graphics, no matter what media we use."
To make the most efficient use of their time and avoid wasting expensive consumables, Featherlite uses SoftRIP's Smart Nesting feature to automatically create efficient layouts that maximize both time and money savings. With the ability to combine RIP'd files with new jobs and even rotate pre-RIP'd images to conserve media, SoftRIP's Smart Nesting feature allows Featherlite to customize a workflow tailored to their specific production process.
With SoftRIP's integrated file browser, Featherlite can quickly drag and drop their images into the Layout window and prepare them to print as a part of their overall print run, making their workflow more efficient and intuitive. The Layout window uses the full width of the media as a digital canvas and becomes a single workplace where Featherlite can easily position and manipulate all the images in their print job.
Featherlite also takes advantage of SoftRIP's flexible workflow features to get their jobs ready for print. Featherlite can resize their images directly in SoftRIP and see their changes instantly in the live preview display. They also use SoftRIP's true cropping feature that lets them RIP only selected areas, instead of the entire page, speeding up processing.
"Wasatch SoftRIP is really user friendly, so it didn't take us long to get up and running," says Graeme. "And, the ability to manipulate files directly in the RIP played a huge role in improving our workflow."