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HP Graphic Arts printing solutions provide a slam dunk for NBA All-Star 2009 signage


Story Highlights

  • HP technology helps PSP provide high-quality, flame-retardant signage for NBA All-Star 2009
  • HP Scitex TJ8300, HP Scitex XL1500 produce top-quality, large-format signage under tough deadlines
  • Company uses HP Graphic Arts printing solutions to cut costs and attract new clients

Creating an unforgettable experience


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For true sports fans, nothing can beat the exhilaration of being in the crowd watching the best in professional sports in action. Crystal Clear Imaging, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, knows all about creating custom signage that contributes to the electric atmosphere only an arena can contain.

Thanks to HP signage printing products like the HP Scitex TJ8300 Printer and the HP Scitex XL1500 Printer, Crystal Clear Imaging earned the role as the primary signage provider for NBA All-Star 2009 and works with major sports teams such as the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

“HP technology gets it right. The HP Scitex TJ8300 and the HP Scitex XL1500 are workhorses with quality and reliability that can’t be matched,” explains Arthur Boisfontaine, owner of Crystal Clear Imaging.

The need for speed

NBA All-Star signage

For NBA All-Star 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, Crystal Clear Imaging produced more than 40,000 square feet of signage in just over a month. Thanks to the industry-leading productivity of the HP Scitex TJ8300 Printer, the company delivered high-quality prints and beat the clock.

As one of the fastest wide-format printers on the market, the HP Scitex TJ8300 can meet even the most demanding deadlines with speeds up to 4,305 square feet per hour.1 And it can print on almost any media, including sheet- or roll-fed media in a variety of sizes.

This versatility allowed Crystal Clear Imaging to create a range of signage, such as banners and window clings, for the arena and local hotels hosting NBA All-Star 2009. “You would be hard pressed to take on a job the size of the NBA All-Star Game’s signage without an HP Scitex TJ8300,” says Boisfontaine.

An unbelievable alternative

NBA All-Star signage

In addition to working with NBA All-Star 2009, Crystal Clear Imaging has created impressive, large-format signage for the New Orleans Saints’ stadium, the Superdome. The company recently relied on the HP Scitex XL1500 to print signage, ranging from field walls to tunnel covers, on flame-retardant fabrics that met the Superdome’s strict fire codes.

Using the HP Scitex XL1500, Crystal Clear Imaging can switch from solvent printing to textile printing in minutes. And the HP Scitex XL1500’s eight-color printing produces the same high-quality output on textiles as it does on any other media.

“The dye sublimation ink option on the HP Scitex XL1500 is a great alternative, and the quality is unbelievable. Every time I see the colors this machine produces, I’m impressed,” says Boisfontaine.

High-quality attracts high-profile clients

NBA All-Star signage

Thanks to the broad HP portfolio, Crystal Clear Imaging is able to cut costs while completing high-quality, high-profile work on time—a factor the company believes contributes to their growing work with major sporting events.

“The reliability and quality of HP printing technology plays a big role in our ability to continue to tackle tough deadlines in a cost-effective way for existing clients and attract new work within the major sporting events industry,” says Boisfontaine.

1On 65 x 145-inch (165 x 370 cm) sheets.