Graphic Arts shop benefits from high speed technology supported by Canon Solutions America
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Image360-RVA, a large format service provider in Richmond, Virginia, has installed the Océ ColorWave 910 printer to expand capabilities and services for its clients. Committed to providing a wide-range of services and efficiently responding to demanding client schedules, Image360-RVA joined forces with Canon Solutions America to solidify its leadership position in central Virginia.
Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership and innovation in the industry, Image360 is one of the premier business-to-business (B2B) franchises, serving the multibillion-dollar market for graphic communication services. Prior to entering the printing business in 1999, Dorothy and Scotty Hager, owners of Image360-RVA, had worked primarily in government contracting and consulting. With a vision and passion for building a professionally-run local business that provides unmatched quality and service, they opened a small, retail cut-vinyl sign company in a strip shopping center. In 2012, they decided to take the business to new heights and began the process of transitioning from a local sign shop to a one-stop resource for visual communications with the Image360 brand.
In a short time, Image360-RVA catapulted to the top of the display graphics business as one of the biggest revenue generators within the Image-360 network, which is comprised of over 300 franchise locations. The graphics firm’s success was recently celebrated during the 2017 Alliance Franchise Brands Convention where they received two of the top awards - the Alliance Franchise Brand Sign & Graphics Division President’s Award, as well as the Grand Prize for the Project of the Year Award. Image360-RVA prides itself in persistently investing in cutting-edge technology in order to provide high-quality, cost-effective visual communications. Expecting to help improve turnaround times and deliver faster results to clients without sacrificing quality, it recently gravitated toward the Océ ColorWave 910.
“We considered going with a competitive product, but Canon Solutions America has a proven track record,” said Scott Hager, vice president of Image360-RVA. “We were astonished with the quality of the graphics prints and speed of the ColorWave 910, but its incredible speed was the ultimate deciding factor for us. Saving up to 95 percent of the production time on any given project allows us the flexibility to take on new projects and the confidence to know that we are going to be able deliver on time.”
The Océ ColorWave 910 has proven to help improve the turn time on print jobs, and continues to be the perfect solution for Image360-RVA’s vast range of printing requirements from government clients and large corporate accounts. Wide format print jobs can be completed in less than a day with its ability to print 1,600 dpi at over 8,000 square feet an hour. As part of ongoing collaborations with customers, this second generation Océ ColorWave printer was refined and enhanced with the needs of both in-house printers and Print Service Providers (PSP) in mind. With its high-speed and ability to handle even the most demanding high-volume print production environments, Image360 is equipped to confidently and effortlessly print exhibition and trade show materials; counter and floor displays, technical drawings and maps, and much more.
“We received the artwork for a 60 foot banner an hour before it needed to be installed. We were able to deliver it with the ColorWave 910,” said Scott Hager, vice president of Image360-RVA. “We couldn’t have dreamed of delivering it even on the same day with any of our other technology. Our clients love our ability to deliver on their schedules and we are beyond satisfied with our decision to work with Canon Solutions America.”
Furthermore, the Océ ColorWave 910 printer offers a digital workflow that enables Image360-RVA to help increase productivity, lower running costs and increase flexibility for variable data and short run print jobs. It can also integrate seamlessly into any existing workflow. A range of integrated finishing options are available to support seamless end-to-end document workflows and allow Image-360-RVA to fully capitalize on the print speed delivering ready-to-use printed output with fast turnaround.
“We were looking to automate our workflow,” added Hager. “The integration of the automated technologies is going to give us an advantage that our competitors have no idea is coming. I’d recommend the ColorWave 910 to anyone. The vision of where I see Image360 going is integrating Canon technology to become more efficient and add to our capabilities.”
“The Océ ColorWave 910 is a direct result of our many conversations with our customers to better understand how to improve their production workflows,” said Sal Sheikh, vice president, Marketing, Large Format Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “We are delighted to learn that our hard work paid off and Image360-RVA is taking full advantage of the technology advances in its graphics print shop. We hope they continue to break barriers with the Océ ColorWave 910, a device designed to handle highly productive and demanding production environments and help open new revenue opportunities for the company.”