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printing PSA billboards - need profile advise please

Discussion in 'Mutoh' started by LenXIII, May 1, 2009.

  1. LenXIII

    LenXIII Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I don't know if this should be posted here or in the flexi forum, but I figured most people using a mutoh is probably using flexi.

    I have a VJ-1614 and I have 2-3 10.5'x36' billboards to print. These don't need to be very high quality because of the view distance, I will probably use the banner 4 option to print. The problem is, last time I printed a billboard I went through atleast 600ml of ink (2 full 220's and then some..) It seems a bit much ink for 370 square feet.

    It seems anytime I print full coverage (blues, reds, blacks) it is costing me between 55-65 cents a square. Does this sound about right? That mutoh study showed between 15-33, but I have never been that low for full ink coverage.

    Anyway, does anyone have any ideas on how to minimize my ink usage when printing these billboards? All profiles that I have tried, especially on the fast settings, seems to spit a lot of ink still. I don't need these prints as saturated as it seems to make them.
  2. SE SignSupply

    SE SignSupply Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Apex, NC
    I would take a hard look at sub-contracting the billboard work. The valuejet line is not a billboard printer.
  3. randya

    randya Very Active Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    The Profile determines how much ink is used.

    How are you determining how much your per sq.ft. costs are?

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