Unigraphic Inc. : Widening the (Digital) Gap
“Because it’s UV printing, we can print on so many different substrates—plastic, paper, cardboard, vinyl, self-adhesive,” Mike Quinlan adds. “With so many different projects and applications you can do, this makes it challenging and interesting. We’ve printed on rubber mats and wooden planks, plus we did a door recently. Fabrics, sheet metal, Plexiglas…the creative departments love the challenge it presents.”
In 2010, the printer also brought aboard a Standard Horizon BQ-470 four-clamp binder that uses EVA or PUR adhesives for on-demand perfect binding. At press time, UniGraphic was preparing to take delivery of a custom-built inserter from Pitney Bowes. Going forward, Bob Quinlan is keeping his eyes on the technology that was showcased of drupa, particularly in terms of roll-to-roll inkjet printing.
Bob Quinlan heard the naysayers when he first ventured into large-format digital printing—those who doubted that UniGraphic could excel in that area because it wasn’t the commercial printer’s niche. But, the company is consistently meeting its clients’ expectations for sheetfed offset, digital, mailing, fulfillment and, yes, wide- and grand-format output.
Proof positive is UniGraphic’s continuous sales growth. Affirmation is in the firm’s long-term plans, which include becoming a $100 million concern within the next 10 years.
UniGraphic has adopted continuous improvement initiatives that promote opportunities to learn new techniques and methods that will improve the company’s products and services. New technology, lean manufacturing principles and a 5S program drive UniGraphic’s commitment to quality.
In the end, it’s the Quinlan brothers’ job to prove they can do it all, and do it well.
“We’ve seen what everyone else is seeing,” Bob Quinlan concludes, referring to the economy. “But, we need to be in the game. If we’re not putting our best foot forward every day, we’re going to get beat by our competitors.” PI