|Canon Oce Arizona 480GT Flatbed Printer|
The signage game at Office Sign Company stepped up two years ago when we were graced with the presence of the Canon Oce Arizona 480GT Flatbed Printer. For the remainder of this article, we’ll be calling this beast of a machine (pictured at right) The Flatbed. If you read that term as “flatbread,” you’re not the first. It’s a common slip up here, too.
We may throw a lot of large, techy signage terms your way throughout this blog, but read on. We’re simply educating you on some hidden treasures we offer, like our amazing ability to print high definition (HD) images on metal– thanks to this machine!
|Silver, Poly-Metal Print of Beartooth Pass|
The proof is good to go! Then it’s sent to our production headquarters where The Flatbed
calls home. The approved proof is sent to Nick, our Production Printer, who then sets the file up for print with a proper sketch attached.
|Nick- from OSC|
“Once the file is ready for printing we have to determine if it needs to be cut out or not. If it needs to be cut then we set up the print in our ProCut software so the print can be brought to our routing department and cut out on our Zund cutter after printing is completed,” says Jamey, Production Manager. We promised you large signage terms, did we not?
“The good thing about our flatbed printer is once the print is finished it is pretty much dry to the touch. You can take it and install it right away. There is no outgassing [bubbling] process that you need like you do with a solvent type print.”
The length of the printing process depends on the image being printed. If the image is being printed on the HD setting, that of course will take a bit longer than a normal print. A 4’8’ panel printed on a normal setting, for example, would take around 15 minutes to print. The same size panel printed on the HD setting, however, would take an hour or more.
Ultimately, this printer is a crowd-pleaser with its ability to print on a wide variety of materials to offer to our customers. Setup times can take a while depending on how complex the project is, and it is limited to products shorter than 2 inches. The flatbed is updated regularly with maintenance needs, which at times can be a costly manner. It’s a high maintenance machine that produces high quality products. Everything that goes into this flatbed makes everything that it produces all the more appreciated.
“It gives us the opportunity to print on multiple substrates and materials and that’s what makes it fun. We are always willing to try a new product to print on to see if we can do it. Then we get a new item added to our vast array of products we already offer,” says Jamey.