Customer Stories: Finding the Silver Lining

Wasting time is precisely the challenge Richard Forschino, owner of Coastal Giclee and Supplies, was facing when his fine art reproduction business in Carmel, California, grew and demanded faster production. He recognized that opportunity was knocking at his door, and something had to change with his workflow to accommodate his new business stream.

Before he started his business, Richard and his wife, Delia Bradford, a well-known Impressionist artist, invested in costly printed art to be sold at art shows and festivals. At their first event, Richard recalls, “It started to drizzle, and the ink ran off the canvases that we spent a lot of money for. So, we started researching equipment and the process.” What many may see as a significant setback and unfortunate event, Richard and Delia looked for the silver lining that turned out to be a profitable business opportunity.

In the early days of his printing business, Richard relied on the equipment and media that were available at the time. He remembers the old media “had to be coated before being stretched. It was a huge process, very labor intensive… I had a flood coater. You had to print a whole roll at a time… it was costly.”

He also remembers the difficulty with the old printers during cold weather.  When the canvas got cold, the preheater warmed up the canvas, and certain ones would bubble up, causing head strikes. After some growing pains and time, Richard discovered EPSON’s introduction of an eco-solvent printer into the market, and he knew this was the solution he had been waiting for.

Richard invests in the EPSON line of printers and raves about the performance and speed of the SureColor® S80600 and its impact on his shop’s productivity and workflow. “It runs like a champ…This one’s phenomenal.”

He also discovered the Elements Polished Bianco Bright White Gloss Canvas SUV, which turned out to be a winning combination, “It’s just print and go and stretch and go. The Polished Bianco has the added feature of drying very, very quickly, we don’t have to wait very long.” The Polished Bianco has become Richard’s go-to canvas for his business and Delia’s art gallery. “It has a really nice, rich gloss level… color gamut is amazing… I’m not seeing any pulled threads through the canvas, which I’ve found in the past in many other brands.”

Coastal Giclee and Supplies has enjoyed tremendous success with the EPSON® SureColor® S80600 printer and Elements Polished Bianco Canvas, giving Richard and his staff the ability to provide high-quality art prints to artists, photographers, companies on the west coast and Hawaii, as well as local customers.

Richard and Delia could have allowed that rainy day to put a damper on their future plans, but instead, they used that experience as an opportunity to search for a solution that changed their business forecast for decades!

To learn more about the EPSON line of printers and our Elements Portfolio, click below or contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Wide Format Success Made Easy

Wish you could take your printing to the next level to build on your success? Imagine if you could try a wide-format printer to make sure it’s the right equipment to best suit your needs. Discover Mimaki’s exclusive Buy It, Try It, Love It.

Buy It, Try It, Love It1 allows you to experience printing on your new equipment at your workplace for up to 90 days. Experience a new Mimaki printer from the 330 lineup. 330 Series is a flagship model that combines Mimaki Engineering’s technological expertise of over 20 years to deliver beautiful image quality achievable at high printing speed.

Gift yourself increased productivity and profit for 2023! There’s never been a better time to invest in your growth by purchasing a new Mimaki printer. Learn more here.

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Everything You Need to Know about UV LED Printing

Maybe you’ve never had a UV printer and are wondering about the benefits. Perhaps you already have a UV printer and are ready to move up and speed up to boost production. Here’s your chance to learn about the latest technology to grow your business.

Let’s start with the benefits of UV LED print technology.

  1. A broad range of applications — Minimal heat output makes it easy to print on heat-sensitive media. Limited heat equals stable calibration.
  2. High productivity — No lamp warmup time eliminates wait time.
  3. High durability for cost savings — Long-lasting LEDs, so no lamp change downtime and cut cost of consumable.
  4. Energy savings — Low energy consumption with LEDs for power savings.
  5. Sustainability — LED lamps don’t contain mercury so they eliminate mercury disposal. LEDs don’t produce ozone gas so no need for extraction by ventilation.

Technology to match your growth 

What if you could introduce UV technology to your operations so that it is in step with your needs? Mimaki makes it easy.

Mimaki UJV100-160 64” roll-to-roll is an affordable entry-level UV-LED printer. Dot position and feed correction are done automatically, reducing operator workload. UVJ100-160 delivers high-quality prints and high speeds, combining stability and productivity in a competitively priced unit.

If a print and cut better meets your needs, consider Mimaki’s UCJV300 Series.   The UCJV300 print-and-cut family offers in-line cutting capabilities and features multi-layer printing for transitional or double-facing images. Graphics are instantly cured, so you can efficiently create applications that will meet your customers’ needs. The UV-LED  print-and-cut devices come in a variety of models, 32” UCJV300-75, 44” UCJV300-107, 54” UCJV300-130, and 64” UCJV300-160.   

When the timing is right, super-size it with the super wide Mimaki 126” UJV55-320  printer. This UV-LED printer features seven ink colors, including white, so you can print oversized graphics and panels. Plus, you can print simultaneously onto two rolls. Applications include banners, retail displays, wallpaper, and more.

Need a flatbed solution? Consider the Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX with expanded capabilities including draft mode which enables maximum print speed of 12 boards/hour. When you’re ready, you can move up to JFX600-2513 for blazing speed and high definition.

Additionally, LexJet also offers Mimaki eco-solvent roll-based printers for a variety of budgets and applications.  Wish you could test a Mimaki printer before you purchase one? Discover Buy It, Try It, Love It.

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Our Commitment to the Journey to Create a Sustainable Future

At LexJet, we believe our sustainable business practices have a positive effect globally. We continue to expand our sustainability efforts and are proud to share that select LexJet media is officially FSC®- certified!

As an industry leader in the digital printing market, LexJet continues to meet the highest demands and exceed industry standards. We work with manufacturing partners to bring innovative and sustainable products and solutions to our customers to meet their business needs with our professional-grade imaging materials.

What FSC Certification Means and How the FSC System Works

According to the FSC, “the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) verifies that forest-based materials produced according to our rigorous standards are credibly used along the product’s path from the forest to becoming finished goods.” Being certified means that we are committed to ensuring that the products we offer our customers follow the appropriate process from start to finish, from the forest to the finished product in our warehouse.

Melissa Jendzejec-Blanchard, Director of Business Transformation at S-One Holdings Corporation, says, “We only have one planet, so we need to do anything in our power to protect it.  By expanding FSC certification to select LexJet media, we are showing customers our commitment to sourcing responsibly and continuing along the road to a more sustainable future.”

Why It Matters

When you purchase LexJet media with the FSC label, you can trust that the products align with your business’s sustainability goals. “The FSC label on a finished product signals that the materials used during production have met the chain of custody requirements at every step in the supply chain, from sourcing to distribution.”

To view the complete list of FSC®- certified LexJet media, click here.

Our drive to increase sustainability doesn’t end there. In addition to continuing to provide more environmentally conscious products in our portfolio, LexJet also works to reduce its carbon footprint through strategically placed warehouses across the United States. This strategy allows 98% of our customers to receive their orders in two days, reducing transportation-caused carbon emissions. LexJet developed an easy-to-use, environmentally responsible way that has successfully recycled over 2 tons of used ink cartridges and printer fusers since February 2021.

To learn more about how you can take the next step forward in your sustainability journey, please contact a Customer Service Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.

Technology in Action

Are you in the Atlanta, Georgia area and looking to learn more about the latest and greatest in printing technology? Look no further! We are excited to invite you to a demonstration day event for Mimaki printers.

This event will provide an opportunity for you to see the printers in action and learn about their features and capabilities. Our team of experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and provide demonstrations of the newest UV-LED, dye sublimation, eco-solvent, and 3D printing technology.

At this event, you will have the chance to see the latest Mimaki printers in action, and learn more about their capabilities, including their high-quality print output, speed, and ease of use. You will also have the opportunity to speak with our team of experts and ask any questions you may have about these printers and how they can benefit your business.

This event is valuable for anyone in the Atlanta area who is interested in learning more about Mimaki printers and their potential for your business. With the latest technology and features, these printers can help you streamline your operations and increase your productivity.

The demo day will be held on February 23rd from 10AM to 3PM at the Mimaki Atlanta Technology Center in Sewanee, Georgia. Please RSVP below by February 23 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the latest technology in the printing industry and learn how it can benefit your business. We hope to see you at our demo day event.

Where:

Mimaki ATL Technology Center
150 Satellite Blvd. NE
Suwanee, GA 30024

Register here NOW! LexJet Demo Day- Mimaki in Atlanta, February 23


Imaging USA, January 22-24, 2023

This year, Imaging USA promises to be the place where you can find it all- education, inspiration, and celebration- along with a vast expo filled with all the brands a photographer needs to run a successful business.

Visit LexJet booth #264 to learn about our new and innovative products, as well as your LexJet favorites. Don’t miss your chance to check out our featured products, from hardware to media, from live GOframe demonstrations to live printing! It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with our team to ask questions and see our products in action.

Discover the latest advancements and trends on the media that matter most to your business. Experience the new and dynamic Elements canvas and get printed samples on your most loved media. Still need an Expo pass? We’ve got you covered with a FREE pass here!

Need another reason to visit the Music City? Then our raffle will be music to your ears! If owning a printer is on your wish list for 2023, you won’t miss the chance to win big! One lucky attendee will win a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 printer simply by scanning their business card at the show- no purchase necessary. Want to increase your odds? Once your business card has been scanned, every roll of Elements Canvas you purchase will score you an additional raffle entry, increasing your chances of winning.

Don’t miss your chance to learn and be inspired. Join us at Imaging USA in Nashville from January 22-24!