Copy Service & Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II
The global COVID-19 pandemic has led many businesses to change focus and find new work in unlikely places. One such story is that of German Fujifilm customer Copy Service, in Moenchengladbach. In spring 2020, the pandemic brought a temporary halt to all professional football across Europe, including the German Bundesliga. The season resumed after several weeks, but with one key ingredient missing - the fans.
With all crowds prohibited from football grounds, players and managers remarked at the bizarre feeling of playing football in empty stadiums - fortunately for one team, their supporters had a novel idea.
The Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters club came up with a plan of installing fan 'doubles' in the stands to give their team a sense of support during home matches, and they turned to Copy Service, a digital printing company with a proud 25-year history to make it happen.
Copy Service produces a variety of goods, including posters, business cards, and brochures as well as offering a textile printing service. Like many other printers across the globe, they were impacted heavily by COVID-19. With workflow and typical print orders reducing, the chance to print thousands of a whole new product was a welcome boost.
Owner, Antje Jindrich, offered to produce fan doubles for less than twenty Euros each. These were printed with UV inks, onto Forex - a rigid PVC substrate - using Fujifilm's Acuity LED 1600 II. Fans sent in portraits of themselves to Copy Service and also advised where they wanted their 'double' to be in the stadium. It was certainly not surprising that the fans mostly preferred their regular seats.
公司老板安捷·金德里奇对该项目的报价是以不到20欧元的价格生产粉丝的替身。通过使用富士的Acuity LED 1600 II打印机，将图像用UV油墨印刷到Forex（刚性PVC基材）上。球迷将自己的画像送到Copy Service公司，并告知后者希望自己的“替身”出现在体育场的哪个位置——球迷们往往喜欢自己的固定座位，这一点也不奇怪。
As word cottoned on, the demand for this service grew. In the end, almost 19,000 'doubles' for Borussia Moenchengladbach's stadium were produced by Copy Service, in tandem with another company. News of this idea spread across Europe, with other professional teams from various countries deciding to do the exact same thing, and restoring a sense of colour and familiarity to the matches.
"The Acuity LED 1600 II was vital for this important project," says Jindrich. "We originally bought it because we were looking to expand into wide format print and needed a high-quality and versatile machine to do so. The Acuity seemed the most suitable model for this and we've been delighted with its performance. The past year has obviously been very tough for our business, and even aside from the pandemic there are other ongoing challenges. Print runs are getting ever-shorter and we're seeing increasing demand for specialist, customised print work. Having a machine with the versatility of the Acuity, as well as the excellent support from Fujifilm is hugely important to our continued success."
金德里奇说道：“Acuity LED 1600 II对于这个重要项目至关重要。我们最初购买它是因为我们希望将自己的业务扩展到大幅面打印领域，因此需要一台高质量且多功能的机器。Acuity似乎是这个选择区间中最合适的机型，我们对它的性能感到满意。过去的一年显然对我们的业务来说非常艰难，并且我们发现市场对专业的定制印刷工作的需求也在不断增长···但是拥有Acuity这样一台功能敏锐且背后有富士公司出色支持，对于我们的持续成功至关重要。”
As longtime customers had to cancel orders, Copy Service found a unique way to support itself through the COVID-19 crisis. They are one of many companies who had to adapt throughout the pandemic, not only to protect themselves, but to help restore some familiarity in a much-changed world. We look forward to continuing to work with them, whatever the future holds.
——Nils Gottfried, Product Marketing Manager, Wide Format Inkjet Systems, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe
Latex R2000 Plus & Coker Expo
Hampshire-based Coker Expo will use the HP Latex R-Series printer to produce products for new large-format modular dynamic animated lightbox brand Huebox
位于汉普郡的Coker Expo将使用HP Latex R系列打印机为新的大幅面模块化动态动画灯箱品牌Huebox生产产品。
Coker Expo has invested in a new HP Latex R2000 Plus printer to support the launch of an innovative new business partnership. Set to launch to the market this spring, Huebox will deliver large-format modular dynamic animated lightbox systems designed to help bring static ../images to life and allow printed work to stand out in an increasingly digital world.
Coker Expo公司购买了新的HP Latex R2000 Plus打印机，只为支持建立新的业务合作伙伴关系。Huebox将于今年春季投放市场，提供大幅面模块化动态动画灯箱系统，旨在帮助静态图像也能栩栩如生，并使印刷作品在日益数字化的世界中脱颖而出。
Print quality must be extremely high in order for ../images to have the required impact in the Huebox lightbox, so Coker Expo turned to HP and its R-Series printer technology to ensure it could meet the task at hand.
The HP Latex R2000 Plus was purchased from and installed by HP reseller ADAPT at Coker Expo's facility in Hampshire, ahead of Huebox's official launch later this spring.
HP Latex R2000 Plus购买自HP经销商ADAPT并由其在汉普郡Coker Expo的工厂安装，并于今年春季晚些时候正式启动Huebox的印刷工作。
The HP Latex R2000 Plus printer is a true hybrid for flexible and rigid printing, accommodating materials up to 2.5-metres wide and up to 5cm thick. With high production speeds of between 45 and 100 square metres per hour, paired with quality print-output, the printer can easily create graphics on a wide range of roll-fed, rigid and flexible substrates without having to compromise on quality.
HP Latex R2000 Plus是真正的混合印刷设备，可进行柔性和刚性基材的打印工作，最大可容纳2.5m宽，5mm厚的材料。打印机每小时的生产速度在45㎡至100㎡之间，不论是各种卷筒进纸、刚性还是柔性基材上都可以创建图形，并且不必牺牲打印质量，具有高品质的打印输出。
Ashley Coker, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Coker Expo, said having a reliable printer with guaranteed print quality in place is critical to ensuring a successful launch of the new partnership with Huebox.
"We chose this machine as HP Latex is by far the frontrunner in printing technology," Coker said. "We always make a point of buying the best machinery. The HP Latex R2000 has the largest colour gamut on the market; it is incredibly versatile and fits the bill perfectly.
“我们选择这台机器是因为HP Latex有着迄今为止最为领先的印刷技术。”柯克尔说道，“我们总是着眼于购买最好的机器，而HP Latex R2000拥有市场上最广的色域，各项功能极其强大，非常适合我们。”
"Coker Expo has partnered with Huebox to deliver the highest quality lightbox solutions to the market. As the HP Latex R2000 is such a dynamic piece of printing kit, we are excited about what we can achieve."
“Coker Expo与Huebox合作，向市场提供了最优质的灯箱解决方案。鉴于HP Latex R2000是一种动态的打印装置，非常考验使用者的技术，我们为能完美实现目标而感到兴奋。”
Coker Expo has a tremendous amount of experience working in the display market, with the family-run business having started out as Coker Colour, a photographic company that specialised in large-format printed work.
Coker Expo在展示道具市场上拥有丰富的合作经验，其背后是家族公司Coker Colour，最初就是专门从事大幅面印刷工作的摄影公司。
Over the years, the influx of digital print technology meant the company evolved into a diversified business offering a wide range of print and related services, including exhibition stands, counters and banners.
Coker said the decision to partner with Huebox, and the purchase of the HP Latex R2000, reflects Coker Expo's drive to adapt to the changing market and expand its range of services available to customers.
柯克尔说，与Huebox合作的决定以及购买HP Latex R2000的举动，反映了Coker Expo为适应不断变化的市场并扩大向客户提供的服务范围而做出的努力：
“Investment in the new HP Latex R2000 is a big statement from us, as we move back towards a focus on print and large-format display production," Coker said. "We want to showcase the quality of our history alongside our adaptability, and the HP R2000 allows us to do just this.”
Tied in with this modern approach to work is a strong commitment to the environment, and Coker said the HP Latex R2000 also fits in with this green-minded ethos.
与这种现代工作方法紧密结合的是对环境保护的坚定承诺，柯克尔表示，HP Latex R2000也符合这种绿色理念。
“By purchasing HP Latex technology, we are not only guaranteeing ourselves best of breed print, but also environmentally friendly, sustainable production," Coker said. "Coker Expo is 100% committed to this way of working and as we head into a post-Covid world, this will remain a core focus for us.”
“通过购买HP Latex技术，我们不仅保证为自己提供最好的印刷品，而且还保证了对环境的友好以及可持续的生产。Coker Expo致力于100%的环保工作方式，并且随着世界进入后疫情模式，这仍然是我们的核心重点。”
"This is also the case with Huebox; being able to print on sustainable materials and dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly manner is hypercritical. It means we are doing our bit in a sector that is not usually credited for its planet friendliness.
EFI Pro 30f & Linemark
Upper Marlboro, Md.-based printing business Linemark is expanding its display graphics offerings, delivering greater substrate selection and product choices to its customers using an EFI™ Pro 30f UV LED flatbed printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. With its high-quality output, opaque white ink and versatile “cool cure” UV LED curing technology, the new flatbed printer gives the Washington, D.C.-metro area print business the ability to produce new applications, reduce cycle time and replace revenue losses created by the pandemic.
总部位于马里兰州上马尔伯勒的印刷公司Linemark正在使用Electronics For Imaging公司的EFI Pro 30f UV LED平板打印机为其客户提供更多的基材选择和产品选择，并提供高质量的输出。这款新型平板打印机具有不透明的白色墨水和多功能的“冷固化”UV LED固化技术，使得Linemark这家位于华盛顿特区的区域型业务企业能够生产新的产品，减少生产周期时间并弥补因为疫情造成的收入损失。
There is momentum to support growth in large format,” said David Ashton, a partner at Linemark responsible for the company’s business development. “Demand declined in 2020 for large format overall, largely due to cancellation of events and conferences. But we know the volume is coming back in 2021, and we wanted to be prepared.
The printer – which Linemark purchased from authorized EFI distributor Nazdar SourceOne® – delivers high productivity and image quality at a competitive price, with four colors plus dual channels of white and multi-layer printing capabilities. An EFI Fiery®proServer Core digital front end is included for the ultimate in processing speed and color quality.
Linemark从EFI授权的分销商Nazdar SourceOne公司购买打印机，后者一直以具有竞争力的价格提供高生产率和图像质量。EFI Pro 30f UV LED具有四种颜色以及白色和多层打印的双通道功能，包含EFIFiery Pro ServerCore数字前端，可实现极高的处理速度和色彩质量。
The printer, which supports media up to 4 inches (10 cm) thick, features EFI’s UltraDrop™ Technology with variable grayscale 7 to 21 picoliter drop sizes for excellent color gradients and smoothing capability. Its large bed size delivers a maximum printable area of 120 x 80 inches (3.05 x 2.04 m) and bleed printing, with express mode maximum speed of up to 2,130 square feet (198 square meters) per hour at up resolutions up to 1,200 dots per inch.
Outstanding versatility for premium wall art
“While Linemark has felt the pandemic’s impact in work for trade shows and events, with the EFI Pro 30f flatbed printer the company is expanding its capabilities, recovering a good portion of lost business by fulfilling wall art orders that come to Linemark online through partnerships with popular online craft marketplaces. “Our print-on-demand wall art business has exploded,” Ashton explained. “People are nesting at home and redecorating. They are looking at the four walls of their homes and wanting something different.”
虽然Linemark感受到了疫情对于贸易展览和活动的影响，但借助EFI Pro 30f平板打印机，该公司反而正扩其产品线。通过与知名品牌建立合作关系，在线完成客户在线上工艺品市场给Linemark下达的壁画订单，足以挽回大部分业务损失。阿什顿解释说：“由于疫情人们无法外出，更多的人正在对家里进行改造。他们盯着房屋内早已看腻的四面墙，想要一些与众不同的东西。”
Linemark prints on a wide range of substrates, including acrylic, foam board and Dibond®. “The Dibond aluminum composite sheet, specially optimized for display, makes stunning wall art, and being able to print on that, including with white ink, has been a big boost to our wall art business,” said Steve Bearden, Linemark’s president.
“The vast majority of our direct mail customers also have work printed on our Pro 30f,” Bearden added. “Not only do we produce direct mail to promote meetings and events, but we also produce clients’ signage for their conference booths. This one-stop approach has been enabled by our EFI Pro 30f. And our clients have certainly noticed the boost in quality.”
“我们的绝大多数直邮广告客户也都通过EFI Pro 30f打印了产品。”比尔登补充说，“我们不仅制作直邮广告来促进各项会议和活动，而且还为客户制作在其展位上标牌。我们的EFI Pro 30f启用了这种一站式方法。这种方法带来的质量提高也为客户所看到。”
The quality and productivity are phenomenal
Linemark had been doing wide format flatbed work previously, but with a printer that had neither the productivity nor the white ink the company needed to capture more work. “Our Nazdar sales rep called us and brought us samples from various flatbed and hybrid printers,” said Bearden. “The EFI Pro 30f was the clear choice. The quality and productivity are phenomenal.”
Linemark以前一直在进行宽幅平板印刷工作，但是由于打印机既缺少生产能力，也没有白色墨水，因此对公司捕获更多的工作机会造成阻碍。比尔登说：“我们合作的Nazdar销售代表与我们联系，并从各种平板打印机和混合打印机中挑选样品带给我们。EFI pro 30f是不二之选，其质量和生产率都是惊人的。”
Printing on acrylic has also been a growth area for the company, especially during the pandemic, and the EFI Pro 30f printer is ideal for those jobs, as well as for work on other substrates.
新的打印机能够在亚克力上打印也是让Linemark获得增长的一个领域。尤其是在疫情期间，EFI Pro 3f打印机是在亚克力以及其他防疫基材上作业的理想选择。
The printer’s six-zone, user-selectable vacuum system ensures efficient hold-down for no unintended media movement, Plus, the printer requires less heat for curing or drying compared with traditional UV inkjet or latex printers, making it ideal for Linemark to print on corrugated boards that could otherwise warp under high heat and create damaging head strikes during the printing process. Non-profit sector clients especially benefit from the corrugated capability, as Linemark is using the Pro 30f printer to help those clients stand out with premium-quality gift boxes sent to their high-value donors.
Mimaki & Banner Box
New Mimaki printers from CMYUK will further enhance the customer experience
Banner Box Print Solutions is more than ready for the next phase of its 25-year tenure. Through CMYUK it has upgraded its Mimaki print capabilities, invested in a CNC router and migrated to a new dedicated factory space.
These major changes reflect the Banner Box vision as it moves forward. A key focus is to expand its hard signage solutions service – driven by the increasing demands of the company’s print and signage trade customers.
“Over the years we have established a reputation for Banner Box across all areas of signage and wide format digital print. We have a very experienced team specialising in rigid printing, and we have significantly invested in new equipment allowing us to offer an even better service,” says Director, Ryan Shelton.
“多年来，我们在标牌和大幅面数字印刷的所有领域窦唯Banner Box赢得了良好的声誉。我们拥有一支经验丰富的专门从事硬质材料印刷的团队，并且已经在新设备上进行了大量的投资，从而是我们能够提供更好的服务。”Banner Box生产总监瑞安·谢尔顿说道。
Banner Box has long been a loyal and committed user of Mimaki equipment, upgrading its capability now to include the JFX200-2513 EX flatbed and UJV55-320 3.2m wide roll-to-roll printers.
Banner Box长期以来一直是Mimaki设备的忠实和忠诚用户，现在更是将其机器升级到JFX200-2513 EX平板打印机和UJV55-320 3.2m宽卷对卷打印机。
“Our old machines were excellent quality but they were getting tired, running slow and we were working longer hours because of it. They had many miles on the clock so we needed to upgrade. We were also getting more enquiries for 3m wide banners, which is why we opted for the wider 3.2m roll printer,” says Ryan.
“The new Mimaki flatbed is just brilliant. It’s so fast. I’ve been printing 50mm thick scrap pieces of wood on it not for any other reason but to prove that it can print on anything at speed. Mimaki printers are easy to work with. The print quality and the colours are fantastic.”
The new printers will allow the company to actively pursue opportunities in potential new market areas and will enable the company to fine-tune its service. “We’re just able to be more efficient, react quicker to last minute and urgent requests. We’ve always offered our customers an excellent service, but with these our latest Mimaki's we can actually improve on what we’ve done before,” says Ryan.
Banner Box has successfully navigated itself through the Lockdowns, adapting to the demands of the Pandemic by outputting safety signage and PPE equipment at volume. Not only has it retained all 15 staff, but it has grown its team and is quietly confident about future prospects.
“There’s no doubt it’s been stressful,” says Ryan, “but as we move through this year, our strategy is to continue to expand on what we currently offer, and service our customers even better than before.
“We’re very excited by all the eco products on offer like PVC-free Kavalan banner range but we’re also looking at green solutions for rigid closely too. We’re already seeing results of our plans and investments.”