The IFH Group West Increases Part Printing Throughput and Reduces Costs with Direct Jet UV LED Inkjet Printers

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Installed at The IFH Group West, the machines are expanding the capabilities for fast, repeatable cost-effective printing and reducing lead times.

The IFH Group West has improved the quality of its printing, cut its costs and improved lead times with the DCS® Direct Jet UV LED Inkjet printer.

The DCS printing center has sped up the production process a lot. It is more efficient and more effective, allowing us to cut both costs and lead times for our customers.

The IFH Group West has enhanced production capabilities by replacing its silk screening and adhesive labeling processes with a Direct Jet Flatbed UV LED Printer from Direct Color Systems®, Rocky Hill, CT. The IFH Group West will use the new system to imprint part numbers, specifications, logos and other information on things like audio chassis, kiosk vending machines, cabinets, lasers and other enclosures.

The IFH Group West, LLC (Arlington, WA) fabricates an array of custom electrical enclosures and precision sheet metal parts. The IFH Group West is a subsidiary of The IFH Group (Rock Falls, IL), the originator of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and a leading fabricator of custom hydraulic reservoirs and fuel tanks.

Like all of The IFH Group West’s enclosures, the DCS flatbed inkjet printers are made in the USA. They print high-quality full color images directly onto a variety of flat and 3-dimensional substrates, ensuring high repeatability. The IFH Group West routinely applies images and designs to aluminum 5052-H32, cold rolled steel, or 300 Series stainless steel substrates that have been painted, powder-coated, black-anodized, or finished with a chemical conversion coat. Unlike silk screening, everything is done in a single pass and the part is UV-cured in the machine, eliminating curing time afterward.

“The DCS printing center has sped up the production process a lot,” said Ryan McCarty, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at The IFH Group. “It is more efficient and more effective, allowing us to cut both costs and lead times for our customers.”

About The IFH Group
There are three primary operations at The IFH Group, Inc. The first is the manufacturing of hydraulic oil reservoirs and fuel tanks for off-road vehicles used in construction, agriculture and many other areas. The second area of focus for The IFH Group, Inc., is the manufacturing of fluid storage and dispensing equipment for lubricants, oils, chemicals and other industrial fluids. This operation also includes state-of-the art equipment and processes for custom metal fabrication and powder coating. The third is the fabrication of electrical enclosures and custom kiosks. Today, The IFH Group operates a 131,000 sq. ft. facility in Rock Falls, IL, and an 88,000 sq. ft. facility in Arlington, WA. The IFH Group is the largest manufacturer of small, customized fuel and hydraulic oil reservoir tanks in the country.

For more information, contact The IFH Group, Inc., 3300 East Route 30, Rock Falls, IL, 61071. Tel: 800-435-7003; Fax: 815-626-1438; Or visit

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