SALEM, NH -- Innovative Foto, a vertical-market manufacturer, operator and distributor of photobooths, has chosen the DP40 dye sublimation printer from Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) to upgrade its photobooths around the world. The firm, which runs some 3,000 photobooths in the United States alone, anticipates nearly 100% adoption of the durable, versatile printers by the end of 2014.
Innovative Foto saw the need to upgrade from its current printer to a more durable and cost-efficient alternative. After studying its options it turned to DNP, an international innovator of dye-sublimation photo printing products, for a reliable solution.
Innovative Foto is a turnkey provider that manages the setup and maintenance of each photobooth and pays its locations a portion of the monthly revenue. It was important for Innovative Foto to find a solution that was easy to install into the existing booths. The company plans to integrate two DS40 printers in each photobooth to eliminate waste through an auto-switching process that activates the second printer if the first one runs out of film.
"The inkjet printers we previously deployed had short lifespans," said Dale Valvo, Innovative Foto's president and chief executive. "We needed to find a more durable printer that was capable of printing the high volumes of photos we needed on a daily basis. The DS40 offered us a more dependable option with a print engine that is good for well over 200,000 full-bleed prints."
With a simple change to the photobooth's hard drive, the DS40 is capable of producing several different print sizes, including 2x6-in. strips, 6x8-in. postcards and more. "We are now able to produce three 2x8-in. prints instead of the standard two, which allowed us to move our price point and generate additional revenue for our clients," Valvo said. "The special perforated paper and the dye-sub finishing process adds value to our product, because the prints last an extended period of time and customers have the ability to 'tear and share' the three 2x8-in. photos."
The company currently employs over 450 service technicians across all 50 states to install, service, and maintain the printers and software; the "kiosks" are standardized in both domestic and foreign markets. "The robust design of the new printers offers minimal downtime and fewer issues for our technicians to service," Valvo said. "I believe the dye-sublimation technology and durable hardware offered by the DS40 make it the most versatile and reliable printing solution available."
The DNP DS40 printers are being supplied by IMS America Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dai Nippon Printing Co. IMSA, established in 1995, focuses on three primary business segments: Photo, ID card and Barcode. Its manufacturing, sales, and development facilities for dye-sublimation media for photo printers are located in Concord, NC. Information is available at dnpphoto.com.
The IMS in IMSA stands for Information Media Supplies. IMS Operations is one of many of DNP's business units; it was one of the first organizations to pioneer dye-sublimation media, more than a quarter of a century ago. The company reports that IMS Operations has since grown to be the world's largest manufacturer of dye-sublimation media and thermal transfer ribbons.