Digital Sign in dual Vutek install

Digital Sign Services, a wide format trade printer based in Guildford, UK, has invested in two 5.2m superwide EFI Vutek 5r+ roll to roll printers.

EFI’s Vutek 5r+ is a 5m wide printer with LED UV curing.

The first of these was installed earlier this year, with the second due to arrive in the next few weeks. Tom Weaver, managing director at Digital Sign Services. Explained: “Thanks to the success of the first Vutek 5r+ and EFI’s after-sales service, help and support with bedding in the new machine, we are purchasing our second 5r+ and having it installed this summer.” The first of these is a four-colour plus white configuration, while the second will have seven colours – CMYK, light cyan, magenta and black – as well as white. 

Digital Sign Services specialises in large-format printing for retail signage, windows and point of sale for trade customers. The company can trace its roots back to 1977, when Plastiweld Fabrications Ltd was set up to fabricate PVC for outdoor users for things such as trailer covers, stadium staging, tenting and architectural tensile membrane structures, which it is still doing today. To start with, the company produced unbranded PVC products but later moved into welded and finished printed products for outdoor advertising. 

In 2001 the company bought one of Vutek’s early solvent printers and established Digital Sign Services. This was followed by a second Vutek in 2005, its first 5m wide machine. Today it has two 5m wide EFI GS5000r UV, a 3.2m wide Vutek GS3250LX Pro with LED curing plus two 3.2m wide Mtex 5032 Pro direct to textile dye sublimation printers for flags and wall coverings. These are complemented by three Fiab Welders, five sewing machines and a digital DYSS flatbed router, all housed in a 15,000sq feet factory.

The 5r+ printers are said to offer improved media handling over the original 5r design, along with new white ink printing modes with faster speeds. The 5r+ also has a re-engineered print head control algorithm that offers higher ink densities with resolution up to 1200 dpi. It uses EFI’s UItraDrop Technology with its 7-picolitre variable-drop printheads. 

The 5r+ printers also offer several new options, including automated backlit and blockout printing. Weaver commented: “The auto blockout feature is really valuable here. We do a lot of print for retail outlets on the retail parks where, for example, there is a dark blue background with the centralised logo to be the only section that illuminates.”

He added: “With the 5r+ we have the reliability of the LEDs in a less power-hungry machine that also doesn’t have mercury lamps damaging the environment or anything else.”


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