Premium Color Group Achieves 78% Increase in Throughput With EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro Flatbed Printer
Premium Color Group is meeting demand for new business and its custom packaging line with high-end L.E.D. digital inkjet technology from Electronics For Imaging Inc. The Carlstadt, New Jersey-based company just installed an EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll L.E.D. inkjet printer that will significantly increase the company’s responsiveness and capabilities supporting PCG’s growing business.
The 126 in. wide digital printer, which produces up to 50 boards per hour in its premium quality/point-of-purchase modes, offers a dramatic speed increase for PCG, so much so that the company was able to replace a pair of smaller L.E.D. printers while increasing its throughput capacity by 78 percent. Because the VUTEk LX3 Pro handles both rigid and roll materials, the company has also eliminated the need for one of its two roll-to-roll printers.
Founded 25 years ago as a prepress shop, the company has grown to become a full-service marketing solutions provider, and offers offset and digital printing, hand assembly, fulfillment, wide format graphics, and a custom packaging line of products. PCG’s core clients consist of major advertising companies, display manufacturers, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and corporate/retail accounts, along with a national footprint of promotional product distributors.
“Two and a half years ago, we got into the custom packaging business with our U.S.-patented Box line,” said Mark Fitzgerald, one of the three managing partners at PCG along with John Watson and Andy Griffin. “In two-and-a-half years, we grew the line tenfold, and the demand continues to grow. We needed to vastly increase our throughput while keeping the same great quality, and the VUTEk LX3 with the Fiery controller fits the bill perfectly. We loved the quality of our previous EFI printers, so we had confidence the VUTEk LX3 Pro would also be a quality product, and it is.”
PCG’s new printer delivers high production throughput for shorter lead times while maintaining exceptional image quality. The versatile hybrid device can print on materials up to two inches thick with eight colors plus white and multilayer printing at resolutions of up to 1,000 dots per inch.