Large format and visual communications company MMT Print has installed QLD’s first EFI VUTEk 5r+ roll-to-roll LED printer in its Shailer Park premises.
The move follows its sister company Omnigraphics Australia’s installation of the same printer model in its Melbourne factory in May of last year.
MMT Print CEO Nathan Sable told Sprinter that the need for additional firepower in its QLD premises was the main driver behind its desire to add to its equipment in the grand format space.
“Omnigraphics Australia, which is the Melbourne entity of the QMS production group, already has a VUTEk 5r+ as well as other supporting print equipment. Installing the new VUTEk 5r+ into QLD makes our group the only print service provider in the market to be able to print consistently across two states in Australia, allowing for cost savings in freight as well as reducing turnaround times to local markets,” Sable said.
“By having two full-scale factories, it gives our group the ability to deliver nationally in the timeliest manner.”
The EFI VUTEk 5r+ is a five metre LED superwide roll-to-roll printer with enhanced platform features that include newly developed white printing modes, enhanced quality, a completely reengineered printing algorithm, redesigned platform chassis elements and new media handling accessories.
It also has new optional features, such as the Winder Motorised Air Shaft, and can handle media weights of up to 400 kg and media diameters of up to 50 cm.
In addition, it prints up to 487 m2 per hour, has 18 print heads with 7pL UltraDrop Technology, a true resolution up to 1200 dpi, and is configurable in up to seven colours plus optional white or optional clear.
The VUTEk 5r+ complements MMT’s existing patented drum technology and roll-to-roll printers in addition to increasing its capacity and catering for the different needs of the market.
Sable said, “We looked at every option available in five metre roll-to-roll print equipment and decided on the VUTEk 5r+ for its versatility, speed and print quality. These were the fundamental prerequisites that were needed to tick all the boxes.
“Both of the VUTEk 5r+ printers have provided our print group with a tremendous boost, and has bolstered our capacity, given us a premium product to produce for our clients, and allowed us to maintain colour and quality consistency across both our premises.”
The printer’s ability to offer a suite of different printing capabilities, including white ink applications, was one of the main reasons for the group to pick the machine.
“One of the features of the printer that captured our interest was its colour-white-colour feature. This takes away the need for printing double-sided backlits. Having that option has opened the door to new opportunities,” Sable said.
“In addition, its high-quality printing, durability and consistency of inks, in-line cutting capability, and flexibility of speed and quality, has boosted our capabilities. EFI also provided us with stellar service – the staff were quick to respond to any issues large or small, and have offered us the benefit of overseas support when needed.”
Sable also mentioned that the installation has equipped MMT Print for its future growth plans.
“With its advanced technology, this machine delivers more efficiency and capacity than older equipment. By installing the new VUTEk 5r+, it enables MMT to capitalise on its strategic growth plans for today and into the future,” he added.
EFI Asia-Pacific vice-president of sales Rodd Harrison said the company is very pleased to be able to partner and support QMS both with MMT Print and Omnigraphics in its continuous expansion of production capability in the superwide format market.
“We’ve built a close working relationship with QMS through Omnigraphics over the past few years, and its decision to continue investing with EFI is an indication that we are doing the right things. We have worked hard to support them, and to share our long-term vision for innovation in the industry, so our discussions and planning are always future-focused and collaborative,” Harrison said.
“With 21 installations over the last 18 months in A/NZ, we believe we are on the right track to deliver tangible value to our customers. It is truly gratifying when our customers invest with us for the second or a third time and continue to choose to partner with EFI and select our technology to boost their production capabilities and increase efficiencies.”
Harrison said apart from serving its existing customers who it has engaged over the last 15 years, the business has also expanded its reach significantly through its partnership with Currie Group.
“We believe we now have the right combination of innovative products and go-to-market capabilities, and we will continue to deliver greater value for our customers, backed by a strong service and support infrastructure,” Harrison said.
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