JCT Developments Cuts Production Time ‘From Eight Hours to 45 Minutes’ with EFI VUTEk HS125 F4 Press
Ratingen, Germany – 27 February 2019 – Ringwood, UK-based JCT Developments is expanding with a recently installed EFI™ VUTEk® HS125 F4 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The printer allows the company to increase printing capacity and focus on new business.
“The machine is far outperforming all expectations, cutting the production time of 100 double-sided set-size Foamex boards (1200mm x 1700mm x 5mm) from eight hours to 45 minutes,” said JCT Developments Managing Director Julian Turner.
The VUTEk HS125 F4 printer’s production speed, which is faster than JCT anticipated, enables the company to further improve print capacity and focus on expanding its business. Turner expects good growth for his company in 2019.
JCT Developments’ new VUTEk is a versatile 3.2-metre hybrid flatbed/roll-toroll inkjet printer, featuring Fast-4™ technology that uses eight ink channels in a CMYK x 2 configuration for high-speed throughput. This results in higher speeds for outdoor- and distance-viewed graphics. The machine prints up to 225 boards per hour with resolutions of 600 or 1000 dpi and greyscale print capability.
The EFI VUTEk HS125 F4 performed better than any other machine JCT Developments tested. Moreover, the fact that the printer is a hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll solution brought an additional bonus to the company; JCT Developments now has even more capacity to produce short to high run work on an extensive selection of flat sheet and roll fed substrates.
Turner was particularly interested in the printer’s ink adhesion and the manufacturing process on Correx®, a corrugated plastic. According to him, the adhesion proved to be outstanding and the best he had ever seen, with no loss of colour gamut or speed. “Correx is a very hard substrate to strike a happy medium on,” said Turner, “but we can run it full throttle on the HS125 F4.
“It quickly became clear that the HS125 F4 is not only fast, but provides good quality of print, plus less expensive ink prices compared to other suppliers I use,” he added.
JCT Developments specializes in advertising and POS (point of sale) signs as well as display graphics, works for various well-known UK blue chip clients, and has a production staff of 24 people.
Mayday Graphic Products, a UK-based referral representative for EFI, assisted EFI on the VUTEk printer sale to JCT Developments.
For more information about EFI VUTEk products for signage and display graphics applications, visit www.efi.com.
EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analogue to digital imaging. We are passionate about fuelling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalised documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)
Follow EFI online:
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EFIPrint
Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/efiprint
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EFIPrint
View us on YouTube: www.youtube.com/EFIDigitalPrintTech
# # #
NOTE TO EDITORS: The EFI logo and VUTEk are registered trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. EFI and Fast-4 are trademarks of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. in the U.S. and/or certain other countries. Correx is a registered trademark of DS Smith Plastics Ltd. All other terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.
Nothing herein should be construed as a warranty in addition to the express warranty statements provided with EFI products and services.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, that are statements other than statements of historical fact including words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “consider”, “plan” and similar, any statements related to strategies or objectives of management for future operations, products, development, performance, any statements of assumptions or underlying any of the foregoing and any statements in the future tense. Forwardlooking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual or future results to differ materially. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with EFI’s businesses, please refer to the risk factors section in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. EFI undertakes no obligation to update information contained herein, including forward-looking statements.