AC Printing Co., located in Olathe, KS, has installed a MGI Meteor DP8700 XL multi-substrate digital press.
Founded in 1973, AC Printing is a family-owned commercial print shop that serves the greater Kansas City area. With an array of offset and digital equipment, AC Printing has a diverse clientele including large and small businesses, non-profit organizations and the design community.
AC Printing had offered some digital services previously, but clients’ demand for more short run color projects with higher quality standards led them to search for a new production color digital press. After examining all the options available, AC Printing chose the MGI Meteor DP8700 XL from Styers Equipment Company, MGI’s distribution partner for Kansas/Missouri.
“The flexibility of the Meteor DP8700 XL really set it apart from the other digital presses,” said Greg Russell, owner of AC Printing. “We loved that it could print on sheets up to 13x40 inches long, and the huge range of substrates opened up a whole new range of applications for us. It’s also made our shop more profitable & efficient on our short run four-color jobs while maintaining the color matching & quality standards of our DI offset presses.”
Since installing the Meteor DP8700 XL in April, AC Printing has taken full advantage of their new capabilities, with projects including 40-inch fold out brochures, full-color VDP (variable data printing) and an assortment of applications printed on plastics. They’re also moving into new markets, such as retail signage and niche opportunities like static clings, loyalty cards, vinyl labels and envelopes.
“We’ve been very pleased with the impact the Meteor DP8700 XL has had on our business,” added Russell. “Being able to expand our product line significantly has opened the door to new clients, plus we’ve strengthened existing client relationships with the new services we can provide.”
The most versatile digital press in the global graphics market, the Meteor DP8700 XL offers users the widest range of substrates available (paper, plastics & envelopes), the largest sheet size among production sheetfed digital presses (up to 40 inches in production), laser-safe prints via oil-free, dry toner, no click charge and an economical total cost of operation, and a print resolution of 3600 DPI / 270 LPI with 25 different line screens (including stochastic), including the ability to select two different line screens within the same job.