At the SGIA show in Minneapolis, Oce
announced that it will provide exclusive
sales and service support in the US for
Gandinnovations' JETi 3300 grand-format
printer. Other Gandi printers may be
added to the agreement at a later time.
"The JETi 3300 complements our
existing product line by adding a grandformat
size printer for producing oversize,
outdoor-durable graphics," says
Joyce Virnich, vice president of marketing
for Oce's Wide Format Printing Systems
Division in North America. "This
enables us to offer the broadest product
por tfol io in the
low- to high-end,
and hybrid platforms."
The agreement allows Gandi to make
the JETi 3300 more widely available. "Oce's
extensive infrastructure of sales, service,
and support will help us take the JETi product
line to the next level and enable our
future growth," says Hary Gandy, managing
director of Gandinnvoations.
The JETi 3300, introduced at the 2002
SGIA show, is a 10.5-ft wide, solventbased
inkjet printer that can print to a
variety of substrates. Oce has been selling
the printer in the United Kingdom and
France for the past year.
In addition, Oce has teamed with
South African signmaker Sign-Tronic to
perfect a vacuum-forming sign application.
Using its Arizona T220 solvent
flatbed, graphics are printed onto a rigid
media such as PVC, acrylic, or polystyrene
sheets. Then, using Sign-Tronic's vacuumforming
machine, the panels are shaped
and ready for installation.
This digital process significantly
decreases the time and cost of traditional
vacuum-formed signs"?which may be
made with hand-cut vinyl or via screen
printing, Oce reports. By using the T220,
the digital graphic quality is higher, costs
(of either hand-cutting vinyl or screenprinting
setup) are reduced, and turnaround
time is improved. (Oce: www.oceusa.com; Gandinnovations: www.gandinnovations.com