Middleton Group of Markham, Ontario, added the new Inca Onset R40-LT wide-format UV flatbed inkjet press. Founded in 1952, Middleton provides a range of design, merchandising and printing services primarily aimed at the large-format display market.
The Onset R40-LT, sold exclusively through Fujifilm, is Middleton’s third Inca press, after purchasing its first system in 2005. “It met our needs, and we ran it all the time,” remembers Craig Riethmacher, Chief Operating Officer, Middleton Group. “As technology advanced we bought the Columbia Turbo, which was another giant leap. We ran two shifts constantly for seven years; it was our only digital machine at the time of purchase.”
Built utilizing Inca’s scalable architecture, the company’s new Onset R40LT produces high quality prints at speeds of up 40 beds (5 x 10 feet) an hour. It can be field upgraded to boost speed, as well as enhance the press productivity, ultimately reach the printing structure of a full Inca Onset R40i.
“We are in the visual display business. We need to be able to print on thick substrates, with a variety of highly creative outputs,” said Riethmacher. “Our new R40-LT has been fantastic thus far. Having the option to upgrade the R40-LT over time is perfect for our business model; it complements our other equipment nicely.”
Middleton Group is using Fujifilm’s Uvijet OZ ink on its new R40-LT. “One of our current projects involves heat-bending, while printing on quarter-inch acrylic with a curve, for a globally known high-end vacuum manufacturer, and the adhesion is amazing,” explains Riethmacher. The Markham printing company is also leveraging Uvijet white ink. “We manage a lot of work on black signage, and this process is very efficient on the R40-LT. I see us using a lot of white ink.” Riethmacher also points to the new machine’s gloss mode as printing like a UV clear.