Fiery XF proServer and VUTEk Printers Deliver Blazing Speed and Top Quality for HPI and API

In business since 1976, originally as a photo processing shop, HPI of Houston is known for high quality, high-speed digital print work. President Steve Hogan has been at the helm since 1987, and relies on cutting-edge technology to exceed customer expectations and grow the business.

HPI operates two EFI™ VUTEk® GS3200 UV hybrid printers and a VUTEk GS5000r UV roll-to-roll printer with the new EFI Fiery® XF proServer as their production RIP solution. API runs a mirror copy of the same printers and RIP in Austin. HPI’s typical jobs are in quantities of 100 or 200 prints for applications like large full color signs, billboards, point-of-purchase signs and displays, menu boards and cut-out displays. Typical turn-around times are 24 to 48 hours.

With these large files and demanding deadlines, Steve was looking for more speed, and turned to EFI for the solution.
“We’ve been running VUTEk printers for over ten years,” says Hogan. “We’ve moved up in models from the original VUTEk PV200/600 to the QS2000, then QS3200 to the GS3200’s we own now. We added the GS5000r for even greater speed. The quality of all our printers is exceptional. We switched to the Fiery XF RIP recently, and then to the Fiery XF proServer
to take advantage of every bit of performance from our printers.”

Continues Steve: “Adding the Fiery XF proServer has cut our processing time for jobs in half over our old Fiery XF RIP system. And it’s eight to ten times faster than the ColorBurst RIP we previously used. The net gain in productivity is a 25 percent increase in throughput on each printer every day. I can’t fathom running the shop without the proServer!”

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