The Big Picture - April 2012 - (Page 28)

Cutting Corners PrismTech Graphics has utilized digital cutting technology to increase efficiency and expand clients’ imaginations. By Britney Grimmelsman The year was 1996 and PrismTech Graphics – a screenprinting operation in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – was looking for a way to set itself apart from other print providers. “The industry was quickly switching to digital and we needed to be there to keep an edge over our competitors,” says Lane Beaton, PrismTech’s director of operational development. Founded in 1994, PrismTech ( focused on P-O-P displays, signage, and fulfi lment. It first entered the digital marketplace “with several di erent types of roll-to-roll printers, ranging from 54- to 126-inches in aqueous and solvent inks, both pigment and dye-based,” says Beaton. “In time, we became an Océ beta site, taking advantage of having their factory in our backyard and access to their technology and supplies.” Today, the shop occupies a 50,000 square-foot facility 28 THE BIG PICTURE APRIL 2012 and employs more than 30 people. It has grown from a relatively small screen-printing company to a full-service operation with an array of digital print equipment, including: three Océ Arizona flatbeds, an HP Scitex LX850, two HP Designjet L25500, and an Epson Stylus Pro 11880. And it has continued to make inroads into the retail P-O-P market as well as the worlds of housing and transit signage, and more. But there was still another critical part of its technology roster that PrismTech wanted to upgrade: its finishing capabilities. Entering a digital-cut world Already in PrismTech’s finishing tool chest were a Seal 62 Pro and Image 600 laminator and a Fotoba XL 320 cutter. Then, two years ago, the shop moved to add a digital cutting system – an Esko Kongsberg MultiCut i-XL24 equipped with i-cut technology.

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The Big Picture - April 2012
Wide Angle
Up Front
Graphics on the Go
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Cutting Corners
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The Big Picture - April 2012