Wide format supplier Starleaton has added the Oki ColorPainter range of eco-solvent printers to its offering.
Oki has added an economy version of the M-64s, the E-64s, offering speeds of 22.9sqm/hr and a 1080dpi resolution, bringing the ColorPainter range up to six models in 64-inch, 74-inch and 104-inch variations.
Ben Eaton, chief executive at Starleaton Group says, “We are finding that many of our customers are being asked to be one-stop shops for everything, but they are required to match output to the same high standards. OKI’s ColorPainters fit in that world and are packed with automated features to keep uptime to a maximum. The cliché word is workhorse but really, the M-64s in particular is a thoroughbred too.”
OKi has expanded its regional operations to cover its industrial product range. Tom Leggatt, product manager, Starleaton says, “Oki has been able to take away the pain of having to order in containers of stock, and we now have fixed pricing in Australian dollars, so we do not worry about the fluctuation with the yen. We also now have a second tier of support in Australia, with OKI holding its own inventory.”
Starleaton says the ability to deal directly with Oki to solve any customer problems has also meant that the distributor can resolve issues more efficiently. Leggatt notes, “With warranty being such a critical battleground in the printer space, the additional support has been a boost to Starleaton and its customers. The strength of the warranty has been improved.”
Starleaton claims the ColorPainter M-64s is the fastest 64” (1626mm) eco-solvent printer in the world. The company adds that the printer uses uses Oki SX inks to deliver colour density, particularly for backlit panels, while minimising solvent odour and offering outdoor durability without lamination as a given.
Leggatt adds, “One of the biggest benefits with Oki eco-solvent printers, based on what our customers have come to us for, is the ink type that they use. With SX inks, in comparison with all other solvent or latex-type printers, the SX ink has the greatest outdoor durability. We’ve sold a lot of machines in Queensland because the businesses up there consider the durability of the ink under harsh UV conditions to be so critical.”
Starleaton says visitors to PacPrint will have the opportunity to witness this for themselves, on stand E30, May 23-26, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.