Expanding into new markets with new capabilities
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announces the recent install of the new Acuity Select 26 at Image360, a South Elgin, Illinois-based franchised print services provider, offering professional graphic solutions to national, regional and local organizations.
The Acuity Select 26 is the ultimate platform for printing on rigid and flexible media; delivering near-photographic quality images across a diverse range of creative print applications. A flexible production system was mission critical to meet the continually expanding needs at this Image360 location.
“We chose the Acuity Select 26 because it has the best combination of print quality and production speed,” says Simon Nussbaum, Owner and General Manager of the South Elgin, Illinois Image360. “I thoroughly evaluated the competition, and after exhaustive research, looking at print quality, and reviewing count times on speed, the Acuity Select 26 was great for print quality, and print speed. Another asset is the brightness of the white ink that Fujifilm offers, compared to all the others.”
Image360 is also one of the first North American installs of the Acuity Select 20 Series with the pneumatic registration pin system; all five pins can be controlled both automatically and manually to provide quick and precise media set-up. Additionally, with the excellent adhesion of Fujifilm’s Uvijet KN ink to a broad range of materials, Image360 is producing an amazing variety of printed products for their ever-growing roster of clients.
“My expectations for the Acuity Select 26 were high,” adds Nussbaum. “We are printing 4 x 8s in five minutes, or about 10 boards off in one hour, with little effort. We’ve used practically every substrate on our Acuity Select 26. This is important in marketing to our clients. We’ve had success with everything from glass to wood, to doors to more traditional substrates and metals; and even leather.”
Continues Nussbaum, “The features of the Acuity Select 26 that really come through in my production environment are the speed, the quality, white ink, and the ease of use. It’s been easy to get multiple operators on the machine. It’s a very user-friendly operating system.”
In 2009, Nussbaum purchased an existing Signs Now franchise, and with equal parts hard work and grace, he grew the business to several times the original size. In the next development of the business, Nussbaum changed the brand to Image360, better reflecting the services and products they offer to their clients. The need for additional creative printing capabilities had become apparent, and that’s when Nussbaum chose Fujifilm as his solutions supplier.
The Acuity Select Series has been referred to as ‘the all-in-one’ mid-range flatbed, with streamlined operation, and numerous configurations available, printer service providers have a wide range of options to meet their specific needs.
“I am conservative when it comes to financial decisions,” says Nussbaum. “The Acuity Select 26 has really helped us become much more efficient; this press has helped us decrease our labor expenses substantially.”
The Acuity Select 26 continues to positively impact the bottom line at Image360, while opening their doors to new business.
“We are adding 20 percent revenue just by having the available workforce, and we are able to now reach new markets,” adds Nussbaum.
Their install was seamless, and with consideration to the compact footprint of the Acuity Select, built specifically to fit in limited production areas, the install at Image360 was no exception.
“The installers were very professional, and able to fit into our tight production space, on schedule, and the (install) process was very simple and very fast,” said Nussbaum.
The Acuity Select 20 Series features industry-leading technology to deliver superb performance and offers a truly affordable line-up with a range of investment and upgrade options.
“It’s been a great addition to our business,” concludes Nussbaum.
To learn more about Image360, please visit: www.Image360.com.