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Technology Leads Filmet to Fortune

(May 2007) posted on Wed May 16, 2007

Disastrous property damage, loss of key customers, and evaporating markets would spell the end for most companies, but for graphics producer Filmet, these trials marked turning points that would lead the company to prosper. Read on to find out how th


By Ben P. Rosenfield

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Filmet printed onto lots of pressure-sensitive vinyl and mounted the finished images onto rigid boards, a process that eventually began to drain valuable time and labor. Bachelder approached VUTEk again when he heard the company was developing a flatbed inkjet that could print directly onto these rigid materials. He visited the company, had a look at the machine, and was asked to be one of the three beta sites worldwide for what would be the VUTEk PressVu UV 180. The PressVu UV enabled Filmet to more efficiently produce one-offs and short runs of graphics for its clients, and Bachelder soon added a second PressVu flatbed to support the demand. But he also wanted to chase the bigger P-O-P runs (Figure 1).


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