For PPR Pix, ChromaLuxe Was the Answer for Customer Demand

When his customers started asking for ChromaLuxe metal photo panels, James Marks of PPR Pix in Atlanta, Ga., started researching how to add the colorful photo reproduction option to his operation. That also included the purchase of a new Epson SureColor F6200 dye-sublimation printer.

“We had been looking at getting into metal and there isn’t another local place in Atlanta to do metal printing,” Marks says. “Some of our customers had asked about it, and so we wanted to get our toes in there and jump.”

5 Ways to Grow Your Business with an Epson S-Series

If you’re considering adding a wide-format solvent printer to your operation, you’re on the right track to increase production and add lots of new capabilities. We sat down with our printer training pro, Michael Clementi, to learn five top ways that an Epson SureColor S-Series printer (S40600S60600 and S80600) can help you grow your business.

  1. It’s two printers in one. Particularly with the S80600, you’re going to see a major uptick in production speed. So much so, that it is like having two printers instead of one. The print speed is nearly doubled in comparison to older model solvent printers. Plus, you’ll see the consistent, photo-realistic/fine-art quality that Epson printers are known for.
  2. Quick-drying solvent inks. The new ink formulation that Epson has introduced with these printers are so quick-drying that you can now use a take-up reel and save space and time on waiting for ordinary solvent inks to dry. The UltraChrome GS3  inks are low-odor and nickel-free and produce an enhanced color gamut. So, you’ll print faster and with better results.
  3. More pinch rollers = more material options. With 40 individual media rollers with five independent pinch rollers, you’ll experience better control of the media you’re printing to. The additional rollers prevent the material from bunching, causing fewer head strikes. Try it with polyester or other fabric solutions.
  4. More applications, indoors and out. With solvent, you’ll not only increase the longevity of your outdoor print jobs (aqueous may last a year, solvent lasts five times that), but you can also branch out into other growing markets, like décor. The recently launched LexJet Premium WallPro line, for instance, is solvent-compatible. Even more benefits: Solvent materials and inks are less expensive than aqueous, and typically don’t require a protective coating. So, you’re getting savings on savings!
  5. Less maintenance. Any printer knows that maintenance is a time-sink and production-killer. Epson’s eco-solvent inks will save you here, as well, because they are far less harsh than aggressive, volatile hard solvent inks. Your printheads will thank you. “You’re looking at once a month maintenance, rather than once a week,” Clementi says. “We ran the S80600 for four months, maintenance-free, with no problems.”

Streamlining Art Reproduction with the Epson S80600

No matter what size the print facility, efficient workflow, speed and quality are always top of mind. The same holds true for Josh King, who runs Sacramento Giclee, a five-person shop that works primarily with artists who need scanning, reproduction and custom framing of their artwork.

Sacramento Giclee reproduced an acrylic painting for a canvas wrap.

“We’re a custom print shop, and we do everything from capturing originals to printing, installing, shipping and framing,” King says. “We also do some big jobs for hospitality or healthcare where we might do 200 prints.”

As his business has grown, King has explored new ways to speed up production while maintaining quality, and last September he decided to pair an Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printer with the two aqueous printers in his operation.

Join Us for Educational Printer Webinars

We know that purchasing a new printer is a decision-making process you don’t enter into lightly. To help you navigate this important investment, we’ve teamed up with the pros at Canon, HP and Epson to produce a series of educational webinars. Take a look, and register today to reserve your spot. Plus, when you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your purchase.

Epson SureColor S-Series Solvent Webinar: Join us June 13 at 2 p.m. to learn the latest about Epson’s state-of-the-art solvent printing technology. Attend this webinar and save an additional $1,000 on an Epson SureColor S60600, or $2,000 on an Epson SureColor S80600. SIGN UP NOW

Epson SureColor F-Series Dye-Sub Webinar: We’ve got the latest on Epson’s dye-sublimation printing solutions on June 14 at 2 p.m. Attend this webinar and save an additional $500 on an Epson SureColor F6200; $1,000 on an Epson SureColor F7200, or $1,000 on an Epson SureColor F9200. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: On June 15 at 11 a.m. EST, you’ll discover the latest advancements in Canon printers and how they can help grow your business while simplifying your workflow. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar with HP’s John Stevens to learn the latest about HP’s Latex printer technology on Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 560, or $2,000 on an HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

If you’ve got questions, our LexJet printer specialists can help. Give us a call at 800-453-9538.

UPS Store Owners Visit LexJet’s Experience Center

Earlier this week, several owners of UPS Stores visited LexJet’s Experience Center, housed in its Sarasota, Fla., headquarters. It was a chance to not only put names to faces, but also get hands-on, up-close experience with the latest print technology and accessories and learn real-life strategies for growing their stores’ business.

“It’s always great  to have customers visit our state-of-the-art Experience Center where they can interact with the newest print technologies available in today’s market,” says LexJet national sales representative Vince Bejar. “Plus, they get the chance to talk to our experienced print technicians to learn about ways they can improve their current print operation/workflow.”

LexJet’s Michael Clementi leads a printer demonstration.

During the session, the UPS team learned about growing their blueprint and scanning services with the Epson SureColor T-5270 printer; they discovered the ease of use with the Canon PRO-4000 printer; and the advantages of printing with HP’s Latex technology.

The LexJet team also covered print finishing techniques, like using the hinge method to adhere yard signs, as well as bottom line advice on profit margins with tools like a pricing calculator that the UPS Stores could implement immediately.

“During a time when we all do so much communication over the phone or online, it was great to meet face-to-face with people I work with on a nearly daily basis,” Bejar says. “We hope to offer more of these types of hands-on visits soon.”

Join Us for the Latest Printer Technology Webinars

In the coming weeks, LexJet is hosting three printer technology webinars to help you discover which machines are best for you, your business and future growth. When attending a webinar, you’ll receive information on exclusive savings on the featured printers. Check out the upcoming offerings and sign up now — space is limited!

Canon PRO-6000S
Canon PRO-6000S

Canon PRO: Presenter and master photographer Pete Wright will lead a webinar on Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m. EST, to discuss the latest advancements for Canon’s PRO-Series printers and software. These printers are ideal for businesses that place the highest value on image quality and ease of use, specifically for photo prints, posters, canvas and a variety of other applications. SIGN UP for the Canon webinar now.

HP Latex 365
HP Latex 365

HP Latex: This live webinar is hosted by John Stevens of HP’s Business and Channel Development. John will discuss how latex technology has evolved over time, and how HP leads the market with its 300 and 500 series of latex printers that help printers offer a greater array of applications for their customers. Join us Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. EST. CLAIM YOUR SPOT for the HP Latex webinar today.

Epson SureColor S80600
Epson SureColor S80600

Epson SureColor: Solvent printing has been re-imagined by the engineers at Epson who have created the fastest solvent printers on the market with the best image reproduction. Join Epson’s expert Matt McCausland on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. EST as he discusses state-of-the-art printer technology as well as next-generation solvent inks, automated maintenance and Epson’s rewards program. REGISTER for the Epson SureColor webinar while space is still available.