Presenting perfect pictures
The Canvas Print Studio installs Epson SureColor SC70600 from SMGG to expand product line and speed up delivery
Founded as a subsidiary of Interact Repro Services in 2009 by Rafal Sokol, the Canvas Print Studio now brings its customers’ images and photos to life on the highest quality canvases.
The Canvas Print Studio creates stretched and rolled canvases, poster prints, giclee prints and Epson Digigraphie prints from the original pictures and artwork supplied by its customers, using branded canvas media, original inks and premium European pine stretcher bars with wooden wedges. It also offers an impressive, intuitive, on-line ordering system that enables customers to see exactly how their photos will look once they are cropped and at what size will work best.
When the company first started out with its Epson aqueous large format printers, the production process meant that each canvas had to be printed, dried and then varnished in order to achieve the requisite level of durability. However, with the introduction of the new eco-solvent technology, Rafal Sokol realised he could speed up the production process whilst also maintaining the very highest quality output.
He explained: “When we started looking at the new ranges of eco-solvent printers on the market that would eliminate the need for time-consuming varnishing, without compromising quality, I contacted Steve Guest at Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) and met up with him at Sign & Digital UK 2013 to discuss the various options available.”
SMGG is a reseller of a wide gamut of printing hardware and associated peripherals and was able to offer independent advice as to the best-fit solution for The Canvas Print Studio’s needs. After reviewing the alternatives, Rafal Sokol decided upon the Epson SureColor SC70600 roll-to-roll printer, which can produce everything from exhibition displays, posters, banners, textiles, backlit panels and POS materials to vehicle wraps, wallpaper and labels. It is also Epson’s first 64-inch (162.6cm) printer to support white and metallic ink simultaneously, thus enabling creative sign and print companies to expand their service portfolios. The advanced ink formula also means the prints are lightfast for up to three years outdoors without lamination.
The printer was installed last May, but the operation wasn’t without its drama, as it had to be turned on its side in order to get it through the door!
Rafal continued: “It was a bonus that the printer could be delivered in one piece as it meant we were able to get it up and running very quickly – in fact, it was fully operational within four hours!
Since its installation, the Epson SureColor SC70600 has enabled The Canvas Print Studio to expand its product line and speed up delivery to its customers. Rafal commented: “The printer enables us to offer new, highly creative end-products and, as our customers are always coming up with new ideas, its ability to deliver white and metallic inks opens up a whole new raft of opportunities for all sorts of wonderful applications.”
Rafal Sokol is using Epson original inks in the printer and he reported: “The eco-solvent inks from Epson are almost half the price of the aqueous inks we used in our old printer and the output is much more consistent too.”
He added that his company’s working relationship with SMGG has also been a very positive experience, observing: “As eco-solvent technology was a whole new printing technology for us, we needed someone who we could rely on to recommend and install the right product to meet our needs. We were reassured by SMGG that the Epson printer would do exactly what we needed it to do – and that has certainly proven to be the case.”
For further information on The Canvas Print Studio visit www.thecanvasprintstudio.co.uk
For further information on Stanford Marsh Group Graphics visit www.smgg.co.uk