After witnessing its debut at this year’s ISA International Sign Expo, point-of-purchase (POP) signage printer Evron Graphics became one of the first companies in the world to install the EFI™ H1625 LED hybrid roll/flatbed printer – a brand-new inkjet product that brings EFI’s greener, industry-leading LED inkjet platform to its Wide Format line of entry-level production technologies.
“After installing more than 250 LED printers at businesses worldwide, it is exciting the see the introduction of our newest model because, as an entry-level device, it can truly move a larger segment of the printing industry into important new profit opportunities,” said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. “Evron Graphics – a company that really represents the ways advanced digital technology can transform a printing operation – is now in an even better position to offer comprehensive, high-quality point-of-purchase services with the unique capabilities of the EFI H1625 LED printer.”
Originally founded 30 years ago as a screen printing operation, Evron Graphics first adopted hybrid inkjet graphics production in 2011, when the Livermore, California company became one of the first in the world to install the EFI H652 UV inkjet printer. Since then, digital printing has grown to represent 75% of the company’s revenues as customers started requesting high-quality displays printed in smaller quantities for more-targeted retail promotions.
Less heat = lower costs
Evron Graphics’ newest printer cures ink at lower temperatures than standard UV-curable printers, something that provides sizable, tangible results. Now, as Evron Graphics runs the H1625 LED printeralongside its EFI H652 model, company founder and President Chris Root is benefitting from lower expenses and even better digital productivity, ease-of-use and versatility.
“The cost of operation is better with the EFI H1625 LED printer because it uses so much less energy than other devices,” Root said. “The printer also has a number of nice improvements for a product in its price range, including better software, more automation and a more powerful vacuum table.”
Offering a remarkably low total cost of ownership for production-level LED inkjet capabilities, the 65-inch wide EFI H1625 LED printer also prints with exceptional quality thanks to its eight-level variable drop grayscale printheads. Plus, the printer also offers single-pass, multilayer print capabilities, which is a significant upgrade for Evron Graphics.
“The printer puts down more white ink than the H652, and it is a brighter white as well,” according to Root. “The printer’s ability to print a layer of white in-between two layers of color is important in our backlit signage work. It eliminates the need to do multiple passes through the printer on backlits – which saves us time and improves quality.”
Winning the turf war in digital print expansion
The EFI H1625 LED printer’s “cool cure” technology gives users the ability to print on a broader range of substrates, including high-value, specialty substrates, opening the door to creative opportunities. Evron Graphics, for example, has been able to image directly onto artificial turf, a unique and very heat-sensitive substrate.
The EFI Fiery XF software Evron Graphics uses to operate its EFI printers streamlines the company’s production workflow and helps to ensure that the company gets accurate and consistent results whenever it receives a reprint order for an existing job.