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Onset S20 turns jobs quicker

Posted by Terry Mitchell

Seems like print buyers are always waiting until the last minute to "pull the trigger" on campaigns.  That puts all the pressure on printers to respond faster to orders.

Print Direction, Inc. (PDI) of Norcross,GA was feeling the pressure and installed an Inca Onset S20 UV flatbed press to increase capacity and respond faster to customer demands for high quality point-of-purchase (POP) display graphics.  “Within only a few weeks of installation of the Onset S20, we were already moving jobs from our screen presses to the S20,” said Bill Blair, vice president, Sales and Marketing for Print Direction, Inc.   “The Onset allows us to turn medium-sized jobs quicker, and more efficiently.  It also gives us the competitive advantage to win more business.”

“Our strategy is to grow the display graphics business by using the Inca Onset S20 to fulfill orders quicker than with screen or offset printing – nearly on demand,” commented Blair.  Blair then said, “We’ve even joked internally that the S20 is ‘so fast’ that we may need to install a ‘drive-up window’.”

Tags: Onset S20, printing, flatbed

King International Increases Production Volume with Inca Onset S20

Posted by Terry Mitchell

North Carolina Screen Printer Now Producing 40% of Output Digitally with Exceptional Quality-to-Speed Ratio

King International Corporation (KIC™) of King, North Carolina installed an Inca Onset S20 UV flatbed press to increase capacity and respond faster to customer demands for high quality point-of-purchase display graphics. KIC has been in business since 1977 and specializes in screen printing, but in 2006 began integrating digital technology into its workflow.

“By 2007, 20 percent of our business was digital and with the integration of the Onset S20, 40 percent of the work we are producing today is digitally printed,” said Chris Smith, CEO, King International Corporation. “Since its installation, we have been very happy with the speed, quality and the increased capacity the S20 has provided to my business overall. One of the outstanding reasons I chose the Onset S20 is because it offers the best quality-to-speed ratio on the market.”

“Prior to installing the Onset S20, if a customer asked us to produce 100 large POP display posters in two days I couldn’t have done it,” explained Smith. “Now I can accommodate these last minute, fast turnaround orders offering my current customers additional service that I previously wasn’t able to supply. At KIC it’s very important that we provide personalized service with unmatched quality and value for on-time production and delivery. The Inca Onset S20 is helping us stand by this promise.”


 Inca Onset S20

Tags: S20, inkjet, Onset, flatbed, digital

Onset S20 adds Automated Handling System to Boost Productivity

Posted by Terry Mitchell

The Onset S20 is the most recent high performance addition to the Onset family. The Onset S20 has an ever growing customer base, using the device for its superb quality, flexibility and finish. 

The device prints edge to edge and the 11 pin positioning system allows users to print single and double-sided work on a variety of media sizes. In addition, the Onset S20, in combination with Uvijet inks, also features gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss depending on application, bringing massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POP, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage printing.

With up to an amazing 758 million drops of ink jetting per second on the Onset S20 and two UV curing lamps providing for near-instantaneous curing, the printing quality and results are so impressive that it is hard to tell the difference between Onset, screen and offset print.

A new automated material handling system is also now available for the Onset S20.  Fujifilm, with a strong heritage in screen printing through the Sericol business, know from experience that the vast majority of screen print machines are still manually loaded, and have invested in making sure that this Onset system is designed around the customer, and does not detract from the ability of the Onset to switch between jobs quickly. Printers can continue to use lots of different substrates individually for one off printing jobs, or enable the handling system to run a high volume job with minimal intervention.


“We have worked closely with Inca over the past year to ensure that the customer’s needs take priority,” comments Jeffrey Nelson, product marketing manager for wide format inkjet systems at Fujifilm in the US. “The handling system is designed to optimize the timing of high volume print jobs, and will potentially increase material handling efficiency levels by another 36%, which is a huge benefit to the printer and his customer. The system is extremely simple to operate, with assisted loading and automated unloading, and we have had very positive feedback from customers who have installed the automation system.”

Tags: Onset S20, Inca, Onset

GFX International adds print capability with Onset S70

Posted by Terry Mitchell

The latest sale of an Inca Onset S70 UV Digital Flatbed Press was to GFX International based out of Grayslake, Ill. GFX specializes in the production and implementation of in store graphic programs for a variety of retailers and brands, and anticipates the addition of the Inca Onset S70 will expand its offerings by giving clients more options related to variable data and version programs. The Onset S70 will also allow GFX to offer a cost competitive solution for these types of programs by significantly speeding up job production and reducing set-up time and materials.

"A project that would have taken an estimated 300 hours of total production time in the screen print process can now be completed in 30 hours with the addition of the Inca S70," said Mark Taylor, COO, GFX International. "Screen printing a quantity of 10,000 24"x30" posters containing 250 versions of varying amounts would require 63 different 4-up press forms.  With 63 different forms running on multiple screen presses it is difficult to maintain consistency, which is a key requirement when the output will be displayed side-by-side. Since more of our work requires versioning, particularly for our retail franchise customers operating in different regions,, the Onset S70 will offer a cost, capacity and speed benefit to our customers that frankly no other press on the market can match."


Tags: Fujifilm, GFX, Onset S70