Launch of Vanguard Digital Printing Systems Announced

CET Color’s Cich, Case, Peterson build new company.

Dave Cich, Jim Case, and Jim Peterson have announced their new venture, Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (Suwanee, Georgia). The three co-founders share a common past at manufacturer CET Color and have banded together to “build an adaptable, affordable, upgradeable printer” and provide a “hands-on management approach,” according to a release.

“Vanguard Digital Printing Systems is a continuation of what I have done in my career,” says Cich in the same release. “In 25 years I’ve learned that if you build a business focused on doing what is right for the customer above all else … success will follow for all involved. I cannot think of two other people as dedicated to this philosophy as Jim Peterson and Jim Case.”

The company’s inaugural product is the VR5D UV flatbed, utilizing CMYK + white ink and Ricoh Gen5 printheads. The machine features three proprietary technologies: BandGuard, employing a symmetrical printhead alignment to reduce bidirectional banding; CureGuard LED lights for adjustable curing; and StaticGuard control for PVC and acrylics that hold a charge. The VR5D accepts media up to 49 inches wide and up to 4 inches thick.

The company expects to launch three additional machines this year.

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