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Pixcolor sets a new standard with Karibu

Pixcolor sets a new standard with Karibu

French print service provider Pixcolor has purchased two swissQprint UV roll-to-roll printers in rapid succession at the same time as it bade farewell to dye-sublimation printing, in order to increase its efficiency, scope and profitability.

Located in Nancy, France, Pixcolor commissioned its second swissQprint roll-to-roll printer in late November 2019, just a few weeks after the first was installed in early October.

Frédéric Toupenay, Pixcolor’s Managing Director, who is pictured in the centre of the above image, explained: “Karibu’s potential quickly became apparent. We’ve always printed a lot of flexible materials using our swissQprint Nyala and a dye- sublimation printer, but the installation of the Karibu provided an instant leap in terms of quality, efficiency and reliability, which is why we ordered the second machine. Karibu saves us a lot of time and no trouble.”

Pixcolor’s customers include exhibition stand builders and shop fitters for whom the company produces campaign and décor elements, as well as lettering and displays. Toupenay reported that Pixcolor’s biggest customer immediately noticed the difference when its work was produced on the Karibu, which has set a new quality benchmark.

Pixcolor typically outputs onto banners, various textiles and self-adhesive films, as well paper, magnetic sheet and other films, but

Toupenay claimed that none of its previous machines had ever processed everything as smoothly as the Karibu. He said: The Karibu doesn’t distort substrates and it delivers sharp lines and striking print quality, all of which fully justified the purchase of the second machine!”

The UV ink that swissQprint developed especially for use with the Karibu is very flexible, which as Toupenay pointed out, facilitates problem-free folding. He said: “We fold textiles for shipment and then assemble them at the customer’s location, confident that there will be no visible abrasions or creases.

Toupenay has also been impressed by the colour fastness achieved on the Karibu. He enthused: “It stays absolutely constant from the first to the last metre. Many other technologies have great difficulty with this.” He was equally enthusiastic about the ink’s GreenGuard Gold certification, and commented: “This helps to open doors to new applications and customers.”

Another of Karibu’s key features is a built-in light box that runs right alongside the printing area thus enabling the operator to continuously check the progress of backlit prints so that if anything is amiss, action can be taken instantaneously mimimising any time or material wastage. Toupenary is also very impressed by the Mesh Kit that facilitates full-bleed printing of permeable media and remarked: “My staff is very happy that there is no longer any cleaning to do!”

The Karibu is highly energy efficient and, as Toupenay confirmed: “Power consumption is much lower than that of a sublimation printer. In addition, we have hardly any rejects, which is partly down to the cool LED curing that prevents material shrinkage and ensures registration accuracy with multi-part products. We save a lot of material and receive far fewer complaints.”

Pixcolor now operates a total of three swissQprint large format printers, the two Karibus, plus a Nyala flatbed printer, all of which have very modest maintenance costs. Toupenay concluded: “These machines never fail, and that’s so typically swissQprint!”


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