Gigantic new business opportunity with HP Scitex FB7500
As the first company in the world to install the HP Scitex FB7500 printer, US-based Gigantic Color is using it to expand into new markets.?
"We've printed on everything from styrene, expanded PVC, Coroplast, and every type of paper you can imagine, all the way to corkboard, aluminium sheets, polycarbonate, and heavy Dibond. Nothing we've tried has stopped that printer, " said general manager Troy McGinnis.
"We saw the HP Scitex FB7500 at SGIA and were immediately impressed with its speed, image quality, substrate versatility and user-friendly loading and unloading," added Gigantic Color owner John Bowers, Sr. "Many of the jobs that Gigantic Color is now taking, such as a 500-sheet job on Coroplast and an order for 100 boxed truck fleet graphics, would previously have gone to screenprinters. We're winning quotes averaging in the 750-1500 copy range when before, we would be lucky to touch jobs that were 200-250 copies."?
For the high-quality end of the market, Gigantic Color generally runs the HP Scitex FB7500 at about 60-70 beds per hour (approx. 279m2/hr). For real estate and political signage accounts, it prints at the top speed of 105 1.2 x 10.4m sheets per hour. Bowers said: "Something that previously took four or five days is taking just one shift. We recently printed 750 4 x 8ft boards of expanded PVC. That kind of job would have made us very nervous, but now we can do it virtually without thinking. Our biggest challenge now is how to get it all through finishing."
Established in 1989 as a single-employee typography shop, Gigantic Color now has 65 employees in Dallas and Fort Worth.