Enter TrafficJet Pro. With print speeds up to 850ft2 (79m2) / hour, the TrafficJet Pro is designed for large sign operations, and can often replace a screen printing workflow. Not only does this mean fast production for large quantities of high-quality, durable, custom traffic signs, but it also eliminates many of the problems associated with screen printing: screen inventories, toxic fumes, waste water, and long dry times—to name a few. TrafficJet Pro also reduces the footprint needed to produce the same amount of signs when compared to screen printing.
Because Osburn Signs is no stranger to digital printing and TrafficJet, they quickly signed up to be one of the first TrafficJet Pro customers in the United States. Founder Jeff Osburn said, “[other platforms] were slow, expensive, and lots of things would break… we had a better feel for the quality of TrafficJet based on our experience and trusted [Avery Dennison].” This trust was rewarded by TrafficJet Pro as it was able to consolidate the work from the six other TrafficJet printers into one workflow on the Pro, and the fast print speeds prevented the need to run the jobs overnight. “It has brought our scrap risk down,” says General Manager Casey Burdette.
The TrafficJet Print System has not only made life easier for Osburn Signs, it’s also brought in new business from jobs that can’t be reasonably produced with other traditional methods. For example, an “adopt-a-highway” project that required complex multi-color signs with variable names. “The signs needed to have multiple colors and be variable based on who was adopting each section of the highway,” Casey explained. With traditional sign making methods this job would be very time and labor intensive. But with TrafficJet it’s no more difficult than a standard sign job. All of the custom signs can be designed in one file and then printed in one run. “We’ve had great success doing it,” said Casey.