Inca Onset Q40i UV Flatbed With White Is Latest Fujifilm Printer at Direct Edge Media, Orange, CA
HANOVER PARK, IL—March 3, 2015—Fujifilm North America, Graphic Systems Division proudly shares an industry success story with loyal customer Direct Edge Media, an Orange County, CA-based print provider.
Since 2001, Direct Edge Media has quickly grown to be one of the larger print providers in southern California, and own and operate many Fujifilm wide-format innovations, including the Acuity Select HS X2, the Uvistar Pro-8, and the recently installed Inca Onset Q40i with white.
“I believe in partnering with someone that can really satisfy our growth,” said Ryan Brueckner, CEO, Direct Edge Media. “Fujifilm has the supply chain, the distribution and can support any vertical we decide to go after. We looked at many competitors, and they just do not have the innovation. It’s been a great decision to be a long-time Fujifilm customer.”
Ryan Clark, president, Direct Edge Media, added, “We are in growth-mode, and our success is due to the technology we offer.”
While in college, Brueckner and Clark worked together at a photo lab. Fast forward to the pair while in their early 20s, working with photo equipment in their own shop, all the while envisioning their journey, the future that lies ahead. Hard work and persistence has paid-off. They are progressively and successfully navigating Direct Edge Media into the next generation of wide-format and beyond.
Years ago, the business partners bought their first Fujifilm Acuity flatbed.
“It was a big deal for us,” recounted Brueckner. “We went from two beds an hour with our old press to 15 beds with the Acuity Select. A year later we acquired the Acuity Select HS X2 to keep-up with our workload.”
Their impressive line-up of clients, many of which have been with them since the doors opened, include high-tech industries, well-known national retailers, museums, non-profits, colleges and the health care industry; and collectively, accordingly to Clark, they have an appreciation for excellence, creativity and results. Clients have become friends, and invitations to client-related weddings are the norm.
After a major North American client visited the shop and saw the high quality output of the Inca Onset Q40i, a request was made for all their work to be printed on the Q40i.
“Their jobs have increased jobs over 40 percent because they were so impressed by the Inca Onset Q40i; the bed to bed registration is pretty remarkable,” expressed a pleased Brueckner.
“The white on the Inca Onset Q40i is amazing,” said Clark. “We are managing jobs for other area print providers because they don’t have the capability to print high end white. We’ve added a second shift to keep up with demand.”
Upon installing the Uvistar Pro-8 two years ago, it runs at least 16 hours a day, and they have no regrets.
“The Uvistar wants to run; it just runs,” said Brueckner. “We have yet to empty the waste tank, because there is no waste at all. It’s a solid machine.
A well-known client, popular for its West Coast inspired product line, requested signage for its stores across the country to be printed on 4,000 linear yards of raw, natural canvas. Direct Edge enlisted the Uvistar Pro-8, printing in two-pass with the free fall system.
“The Uvistar Pro-8 literally saved our lives; it was amazing,” recalled Clark.
Direct Edge Media focuses on forward thinking, skillfully blending the latest technological advances with highly trained and passionate people. Brueckner and Clark are proud to build mutually profitable relationships with their clients, while exceeding expectations.
“In this business you must do a great job and truly be sincere and honest with people,” concluded Clark.
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. Fujifilm Canada sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada.
Fujifilm Holdings, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, graphic systems, highly functional materials, optical devices, digital imaging and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic and thin film coating technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.