Signs By Tomorrow recently added a second Acuity F – a UV inkjet flatbed press – in its 14,000-square foot production facility in Rockville, Md., Fujifilm said.
The Rockville location is successfully producing output on a variety of substrates, including MDO wood (a wood composite) for exterior post and panel signs, corrugated plastic yard signs, aluminum composite for real estate companies and rigid pieces like acrylic panels with stand-offs.
“With the two Acuity F presses we print on acrylic, and other hard substrates, and we often print White ink down on clear decals or clear vinyl. Having that ability helps us stand out from the crowd,” said Operations Manager Lori Garber. “When we print on MDO, those sheets are usually 4’ x 8’ so it’s nice to be able to print the whole sheet, bleed-off the edge if necessary, and finish the job very quickly. We can even print 5’ x 10’ sheets. Actually, with our two large Acuity F’s, we have the capacity to print four, 4’ x 10’ substrates all at one time.
“Being able to print White is also really beneficial,” Garber added. “We really do love the White ink on the Acuity F, it certainly exceeds our expectations. We recently won a new contract because of our capabilities.”
Signs By Tomorrow of Rockville is also heavily involved in the real estate market, managing a contract with a company that has offices in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., with over 300 agents.
“We print on aluminum composite for the real estate agency,” Garber said. “We are able to turn around their jobs fast, and the client is very pleased. We also manage their ‘new development’ signs for properties and renovations, in addition to their ‘for sale’ and ‘open house’ signage. All these jobs go to the two Acuity F presses.”
With the new addition, Signs By Tomorrow of Rockville has added new clients, including high profile ones within state and local government, and transportation department entities throughout Maryland.
The Acuity F is the most productive printer in the Acuity Series. It combines eight years of market leading image quality with leading edge engineering and ink technology to deliver a state-of-the-art platform capable of a wide range of print applications. The Acuity F has a maximum print speed of more than 1,600 square feet per hour.
The Acuity F allows print service providers to select the right production speed and image quality to address a wide range of display applications. The addition of white ink further extends the application and media range to include clear and colored substrates. The Acuity F maintains all the advantages of the successful Acuity Platform, including near-photographic image quality, versatility and ease of use, but has been optimized for the efficient and high speed production of rigid media applications.
“Not all sign shops have flatbed technology. Other sign shops are still printing onto a vinyl-type substrate and then mounting it by hand onto rigid substrates, which can lead to mistakes and errors,” Garber said. “We can print directly onto the substrate with the UV ink, and it always looks great. Having the two Acuity F presses allows us to print four, 4’ x 8’ sheets of material all at one time.”
Signs By Tomorrow was established in 1992 and is a family-owned operation. Mary Lou Goehrung serves as president, while her sons Glen and Scott serve as VP and COO and VP and CTO, respectively.