Baz Ogle started Format Graphics to produce a broad portfolio of high-quality, wide-format applications. Working primarily with designers and agencies with blue chip clients, fine standards of print with accurate colours are vital to meet the exacting criteria of his customers. Format Graphics’ Ogle was quick to invest in the first GS3250LX 3.2-metre flat-bed and roll-fed system with LED technology to be installed in the UK. Originally considering the VUTEk QS3-Pro, Ogle changed his mind when he discovered more about the opportunities available and the overall benefits of the GS3250LX.
In today’s web-connected world, real-time access and a sharp focus on developing efficient processes are driving many business decisions. Web technology enables print service providers to create self-service options for buyers to order, track, and collaborate on jobs at any time. Service providers adopting this technology have broadened their customer reach and expanded market awareness of their services.
According to recent eBay research, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) doesn’t necessarily deliver value for money. SEM is based on the traditional advertising model, but instead of placing an ad buyer’s ad alongside relevant editorial content, it appears next to search engine results. The goal is to increase the volume of Internet traffic visiting an advertiser’s […]
PDF/X-4 is the next big step in prepress, but until VIGC (Vlaams Instituut voor Grafische Communicatie — Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication) actually set up a test for looking into the support of RIP vendors, nobody knew if there were any vendors who fully complied with this standard. PDF/X-4 needs the following parameters to […]
Although you could theoretically keep refining old mercury vapour technology, that wouldn’t be future proof. A printer manufacturer that would invest in improving mercury lamp technology would show little understanding of environmentally sound development strategies. LED is future proof, opens up new, sometimes unexpected, markets, and the inks used are no more toxic than other industrial printing inks — less, actually, as ink manufacturers are all too eager to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon.
In November of last year, EFI acquired Technique, the British company that developed the printing MIS with the same name. While EFI did acquire all of Technique’s print MIS tools, it has left the products more or less as they are, only taking care of an integrated workflow with their Fiery digital front-end and inkjet portfolio including VUTEk, Jetrion and wide format devices. But what exactly is Technique, and how does it compare to for example EFI’s Monarch?
Ranging from 365 to 405 nm, UV LED lamps are all set to replace mercury vapour lamps in UV curing printers. The evolution may gain momentum in 2014 when Europe is rumoured to sort of banning mercury vapour lamps altogether. But this government-sponsored arm forcing is not the most important reason why clever printers who have planned investments in 2013, will opt for a UV LED curing press.
Serving print customers in a self-service environment with EFI’s M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station
The EFI M500 station allows anyone to print from USB drives, mobile devices and even cloud accounts along with the ability to pay with cash, credit card or campus card. Users can preview their files before printing to reduce waste, and can choose from a range of finishing options depending on the printer.
Some twenty years ago I interviewed a printer who certified as a bond and shares printer. He challenged me to see the difference between a 1200 dpi text printed with a monochrome laser printer and the 3600 dpi version printed with his Heidelberg press. Even with his 10x loupe, I couldn’t, and neither could he. Industrial inkjets such as EFI’s VUTEk and Jetrion range or Océ’s Jetstream models are closing the gap with screen print and increasingly also with offset by using a trick called variable drop grayscale technology.