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FASTSIGNS stays ahead of the times—and the competition—with HP Latex printing


“The quality of the HP Designjet L26500 Printer is everything we expect. All the things that we look for—color gamut, smoothness of gradations—this printer does very well.”

— Michael Prewitt
Manager of New Technology
FASTSIGNS International

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From revolutionary startup in 1985 to multinational corporation with more than 530 franchise locations in seven countries, FASTSIGNS has made its mark in the multi-billion-dollar sign and graphics industry. As the company has grown over the years, its dedication to innovation has deepened.

“We're all about solving our customers' business challenges,” says Michael Prewitt, manager of new technology for FASTSIGNS. “To do that, we need equipment that solves different needs and can produce a wide variety of sign and graphics products.”

A long-standing partnership with HP has allowed FASTSIGNS to meet those demands by using tools such as the new HP Designjet L26500 Printer to stay at the technological forefront.

Quick facts

  • The speed and versatility of the HP Designjet L26500 Printer with HP Latex Inks helps FASTSIGNS International live up to its name.
  • The HP Designjet L26500's capabilities allowed FASTSIGNS to break into the competitive soft-signage market.
  • FASTSIGNS uses HP printing materials, including HP PVC-free Wall Paper and HP Air Release Adhesive Cast Vinyl, to expand the applications available to its customers.

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Cutting-edge collaboration

For years, the innovative spirit of both companies has been intertwined. FASTSIGNS often tests new HP technology well before market availability in a symbiotic partnership that allows the two companies to enhance and refine their products and services. Catherine Monson, FASTSIGNS CEO, explains:

Catherine Monson

“Our ability to test
the HP Designjet L26500
ahead of market allows our
franchise partners to be
more competitive.”

With the HP Designjet L26500 Printer's advancements, FASTSIGNS can print on a wider array of materials than is possible with solvent-based printing technology alone. This ability allows the company to offer customers even more applications and break into uncharted territory, such as the soft-signage market. FASTSIGNS has even taken advantage of its new capabilities in its own Carrollton, Texas, headquarters, where it transformed a nondescript, windowless lunchroom with a huge ocean view mural, using HP PVC-free Wall Paper.

Raising the bar

FASTSIGNS already relied on the HP Designjet L25500 Printer to meet its output demands before witnessing the enhanced and expanded capabilities of the HP Designjet L26500. Both printers can increase versatility and efficiency while maintaining a high level of quality.

“The quality of the HP Designjet L26500 Printer is everything we expect,” says Prewitt. “All the things that we look for—color gamut, smoothness of gradations—this printer does very well.”

The HP Designjet L26500 Printer can also help overcome common quality-control issues, such as banding, with the HP Optical Media Advance Sensor (OMAS). Coupled with prints that come out of the printer dry and ready to use, the HP Designjet L26500 Printer offers the increased efficiency that is critical in a business where consumers judge a company not only by the quality of its products but also by how quickly it can produce jobs.

“We are called 'FASTSIGNS' for a reason. That's something this printer can help us with,” Prewitt explains.

Looking ahead

With the help of HP products such as the HP Designjet L26500 Printer spearheading FASTSIGNS' effort to be the innovative benchmark for its industry, Monson is confident that the company will continue to increase profits while steadily expanding its brand to eventually include hundreds more locations worldwide.

“We see a lot of growth ahead of us,
and we know that HP is going to be
a great partner in that growth.”