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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW By Chris and Kathi Morrison Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer. Mutoh’s ValueJet 1204PLUS Printer Perfect for banners, POP, directional signs, and vehicle signage and wraps. Mutoh’s ValueJet 1204PLUS inkjet printer easily fits into any shop, and you can set it up and be running in no time. It will image on all standard sign materials and, best, it can print on Mutoh Ready2Print pre-welded and/or grommeted banner media. Meaning, you can print a pre-fabricated and grommeted banner and hang it soon after. This capacity certainly eases the banner-finishing process – the time-consuming part of banner making. And, yes, we know some shops currently print on grommeted banner media, but their print machines weren’t built to accept such media, so costly mistakes could happen. The 1204PLUS is perfect for signs, banners, POP, directional signs, and vehicle signs and wraps. It can handle such standard inkjet materials as banner, vinyl and canvas, and 24-, 36- and 48-in. wide x 72-ft.-long, pre-welded media, with or without grommets. Don’t let its four-color process worry you, because, even though the printer Key Information lacks white, light or clear inks, it features Mutoh’s patented, variable-dot technology, vibrant colors and smooth transitions. Besides, most signshops don’t need expanded-color ink sets, especially for everyday jobs. So, get this – you can produce high-quality prints without buying another two, four or eight ink bottles. Furthermore, a four-color print system, like a ValueJet 1204PLUS – 48-in. Specifications Print Method Drop-on-demand, piezo Number of Nozzles 180 nozzles x 8 rows Ink Eco-Ultra/CMYK Ink Options 220 ml Print Mode 1,400/720 dpi; 10 modes Head Height 1.2-2.5mm, manually adjusted for media type Maximum Media Width 51 in. Media Roll Diameter/Core 6 in. / 3 in. Take-Up System Optional Media-Drying System Individually controlled pre, platen and post Print Speed Up to 140 sq. ft./hr 36 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / APRIL 2013 / Mutoh America 2602 S. 47th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 (800) 99-MUTOH Contact: Dave Conrad, marketing manager (480) 968-7772 four-cylinder car, has fewer components to maintain. In addition, Mutoh recently introduced its new Eco-Ultra ink; the company says the ink features strong colors and three-year, unlaminated outdoor durability. Truth is, the 1204PLUS is a workhorse. We recommend it for start-up shops – or working print providers who need an extra hand. So, if your shop is a start-up, or if you want to add a low-cost printer that saves time and money, study the Mutoh ValueJet 1204PLUS. Mutoh also has an e-commerce storefront that helps you expand your print business. If you have an existing website, you can tag into its virtual, template-based storefront and start gathering new online customers nationwide. Mutoh says you’ll be taking orders in no time. ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - April 2013

Signs of the Times - April 2013
ST Update
Cut Your Ink Costs
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review
Technology Review
Sign Museum News
New Products
The 2013 International Sign Contest
Leasing Equipment
The ISA Sign Expo 2013 Preview
Industry News
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - April 2013