Nashua, NH USA – Presstek, LLC, leading provider of eco-friendly printing solutions, today announced that specialty lawn care sign printer RND Signs, of Eden Prairie, MN, has upgraded its existing Presstek 52DI® digital offset press to include Presstek’s latest ECO-UV curing system. This new enhancement has shortened lead times, improved print quality and durability and increased the range of products that RND Signs can offer its customers.
Since 1985, RND Signs has supplied pesticide application warning signs and stakes to the green and lawn care industry across North America. Introduced in 1985 to satisfy state legislation, today the colorful and shaped signs successfully promote a business. But with increased competition among market leading sign printers, there is added pressure to streamline print production and increase customer value.
“Our customers need good quality printed signs that are also durable for withstanding all weather conditions for a minimum or 48 to 72 hours or longer,” explained Deb Bielefeld, RND Signs Office & Facility Manager. “Previously, although we could offer a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, we were unable to use a stock with any type of weather durability. To achieve the necessary resistance to water, temperature and light, we had to apply a post-printed coating. This added both time and cost to each job, which would eat into our profitability. As such, we were looking for a solution that would enable us to print using UV inks directly onto coated stock – completely eradicating the need to coat the original printed product. This is where Presstek came into play.”
The Presstek DI ECO-UV upgrade transformed RND Signs’ current 52DI digital offset press to a UV DI press capable of printing with UV inks onto coated stocks, plastics and vinyl. As well as allowing users to print onto a much wider range of substrates, the ECO-UV curing system ensures printed materials are dried instantly, accelerating the overall production process. This has heightened RND Signs’ competitiveness in the market, allowing the company to significantly reduce lead times, while providing a higher-quality product at an economical price. RND Signs’ customers now receive a sign that will hold up in all weather conditions, whether moist or prolonged bright sunlight.
“Presstek’s high quality support team also made the upgrade process a seamless task. Our press operator learned how to use the new ECO-UV technology very quickly, and is impressed with its performance,” continued Bielefeld. “The quality of product that we’re now able to provide customers is amazing - the rich color quality and print consistency has greatly improved and the increased speed through the new instant drying feature has had a big impact on customer turnaround times too.”
Requiring significantly less power than standard UV systems, the Presstek DI ECO-UV curing system integrates with the press, reducing environmental and physical impact. Existing 52DI press owners can purchase the conversion system for an on-site installation, and it’s also available for customers buying a DI press for the first time. Presstek DI digital offset presses are among the most efficient, productive and profitable printing systems ever brought to market. Their waterless design results in less waste, less dot gain, a wider color gamut, and gets up to color extremely fast. The DI ECO-UV curing system enables printing on specialty substrates with ease. Coupled with the scuff-resistant, instant drying time benefits of UV printing, DI ECO-UV positions printers for success with a definitive competitive edge.