Glendining Signs Catapults into 2020 with an EFI VUTEk h3 from CMYUK
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
New hybrid powerhouse to replace 3 HP FB500s
CMYUK, Shrewsbury – Berkshire-based Glendining Signs has installed an EFI VUTEk h3 hybrid LED printer from CMYUK. This production powerhouse is set to replace the company’s three HP FB500 printers and will migrate workload from existing HP Latex machines. The investment, which includes an Esko Kongsberg X24 digital cutting table also installed by CMYUK earlier in the year, amounts to nearly £500,000.
“It was clear that this would be a real step up enabling us to offer print on a different level,” says Chris Lake, Operations Director. “The h3 was described by our Technical Print Co-ordinator, Andrei Laurentiu as ‘the Lamborghini of the print world’! It is truly impressive in form and function. We were impressed with its stylish looks but moreover the speed and quality that’s possible with it. We have always had to compromise either speed or quality with other printers. If you print fast the quality suffers and if you print quality, it’s slow but not with the h3! We were seeing a printer being pushed to speeds that we hadn’t even dreamt were possible whilst still maintaining great quality. It was truly stunning to watch. The hybrid printer model has always suited our operation and the h3 seemed to address all the issues that we had previously experienced. The wrinkle sensors and crash bars to protect the heads, larger ink reservoirs and more affordable inks along with LED ink curing sealed the deal,” he says.
“There are other features too like multiple layer printing and the ability to print white,” says Lake. “We have always been able to do these things, but the hassle of changing over to white printing or layering up prints made it unattractive. Now these are standard features so we can increase our offering to the market to include products that use these processes.
“We can print to coloured substrates and still get punchy images, create acrylic signs with transparent and solid colour areas or produce double-sided block out window graphics in one process without having to layer up bits of vinyl. To fully utilise the speed potential of the printer we have started to print more on large boards than ever before. This ties in really well with our other recent purchase of a Kongsberg X24 Sign Starter package. We can print on a sheet and move it to the cutter for automated production. This is great for the substrates that are harder to cut such as the thicker foam PVC boards or Correx,” he says.
The cutting crew
“We were really impressed with the hardware and agreed it would benefit our business and help to bring our machine cutting processes in house,” says Lake.
The cutter has quickly become an established part of the production process, and relied upon far more than expected. It is used to cut thicker and harder materials, and allows for the cutting of complex shapes easily without relying on outside third parties.
“We hadn’t anticipated that is would be used for other things like, creating reinforced packing corners from cardboard sheets or allowing us to create an entirely new range of site marker signs requiring intricate cutting and creasing of Correx. Now that we have the h3 it is allowing us to cut larger sheets with ease, so it fits in perfectly as a production essential,” says Lake.
The CMYUK factor
“From the transport, through installation and training all of the people we encountered along the way were skilled, dedicated and professional. They made a daunting experience manageable. Even when things went off plan, they supported us and got us back on track. CMYUK added value to the EFI installation by sending its own experts Amira Bouchiba and Rob Cawston to help the printer bed-in and profile its output, this additional expertise was invaluable.
“Having a supplier like CMYUK means that we can tap into their resources and knowledge base at any time. We know fundamentally they are there to supply goods to us, but they also provide a valuable service supporting our business. In short, we know that CMYUK will always help if they can, and if not, they probably know someone who can,” says Lake.
Says Crawford, “With a challenging economical climate effecting our key markets our current focus is to maintain our client relationships and supply chain. We hope to do this by improving our offering to the market in both speed and quality whilst maintaining our exceptional levels of service. It is our hope that with investments both in people and equipment we will remain at the top of our game allowing us to thrive, even in challenging times.”
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