First swissQprint Karibu in North America Assured growth for Super Sign MartJosh Hartas
The swissQprint flatbed printer commissioned in August 2019 marked a turning point for Super Sign Mart of Louisiana. That machine was joined in December 2019 by Karibu, the swissQprint roll to roll printer – and the first such machine in North America. These investments mean assured growth for the family business.
“We have long been on the lookout for a reliable, user-friendly and economical solution,” says Super Sign Mart CEO Todd Davis. “And since August 2019, we have one.” Over a twelve-year period, Super Sign Mart in Louisiana has operated more than ten different large format printers. “But we were never really satisfied,” Todd explains. That changed with the installation of the Impala 3 flatbed printer, which, according to Todd, brought a rapid and noticeable improvement of the business results. “Nothing can compare with the reliability of the printer and the ease of working with swissQprint,” he emphasizes. Under these circumstances it was an easy decision for him to invest in a new swissQprint roll to roll printer.
Reliability and low operating costs
Karibu began working at Super Sign Mart in December 2019. It was the first Karibu that swissQprint delivered to North America following the model’s October 2019 launch at Printing United in Dallas. Super Sign Mart replaced its latex printers with the two swissQprint UV machines. Todd summarizes the benefits: “Finally, we have reliable color consistency, no more unscheduled service calls and significantly lower operating costs, especially since we no longer have to constantly invest in new print heads.”
Increased efficiency in roll to roll printing
Super Sign Mart operates as a digital printer in the B2B market and supplies various graphic service providers. Todd notes how print runs are going down in size, jobs are growing in diversity and customers are demanding ever shorter delivery times. Especially considering the swissQprint large format printers’ reliability, Super Sign Mart can confidently face up to these new requirements. For Todd, a prime example of increased efficiency is the Mesh Kit integrated into the Karibu print bed. “Changeover from a banner job to a mesh job is done quickly, no conversion needed,” says Todd. “It’s a clean and efficient solution.” Grady Davis, Super Sign Mart VP of Operations, sums up: “Karibu paves the way for future growth because, thanks to swissQprint, we are a reliable partner for our customers.” A win-win situation for everyone.
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