Suwanee, GA, AlphaGraphics Center Installs EFI H1625 LED Roll/Flatbed Wide-Format Printer
Upgrading for business growth
Akins has offered wide-format services in one form or another since 1994 and the EFI H1625 LED printer acquisition is the latest in a series of upgrades that have helped to expand the business. “We have been able to add wholesale work for other AlphaGraphics centers in Atlanta to our mix,” he said, “and we have been really pleased with the ability to print backlit materials and do direct printing on black boards. This is something we couldn’t do before. We’ve experimented with just about everything, including black neoprene and metal side pieces for equipment, such as x-ray machines.”
Another new opportunity for the company is the ability to print on 20 pound roll paper. “This helps us compete with the latex printers out there,” according to Akins. “And, we can do a lot of things that they can’t; the printer is extremely versatile.”
“It is gratifying to see the level of innovation at companies like AlphaGraphics Suwanee,” said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. “The features and capabilities we offer for inkjet graphics production with this printer are key to customers who want to grow with wide-format printing and develop profitable, new business opportunities.”
Software offerings from EFI provide additional advantages to AlphaGraphics Suwanee. Akins is pleased with the EFI Fiery XF software AlphaGraphics Suwanee uses to drive his new printer. “We have Fiery servers running other equipment in the center,” he said, “and we are very familiar with the workflow. We have also been happy with Fiery’s color management capabilities since we often produce pieces of the same job on color toner presses and our wide-format solvent printer. With Fiery, we are able to ensure that all of the pieces look the same.”
AlphaGraphics Suwanee also uses EFI PrintSmith business management software for estimating and accounting tasks.