DPC Signs prides itself on using the latest technology to create and manufacture a wide range of signage and it was with this in mind that the company purchased an HP Designjet L65500 Latex Printer (now the Scitex LX600) and a RollsRoller Flatbed Applicator from William Smith.
“They were purchased to replace three older machines, which they have easily done, and to ensure that we are ready for the upturn in the economy,” says DPC director Dave Taylor. “They have given us already the potential to quote on larger volume work.”
The Latex printer, which was chosen for its increased production opportunities and environmental impact, is used mainly to produce large format graphics and multiple panels, e.g. for large advertising hoardings.
The HP latex inkjet range of printers, for both indoor and outdoor applications, use water based inks that are non-hazardous and free of VOCs. The images are produced odourless and cure instantly, therefore can be used straight away, giving vast improvements in turnaround. Furthermore, a wider range of print media can be used.
“The quality of the print is amazing and the latex ink doesn’t alter the texture of vinyls, as solvent printing does.”
Speed, consistency and fast drying have also proven to be significant benefits.
“Although we run the machine slightly slower than full capacity to ensure quality, because the ink dries immediately when we’re producing an 80m print in 5m panels we can complete a panel in six minutes.”
The RollsRoller was purchased to facilitate increased throughput of work without the need for additional staff, and is mainly used for applying large panels onto Foamex.
The RollsRoller is a simple and accurate way to apply self-adhesive films or application tapes to many flat and dry substrates. It is suitable for use on flexible face skins and banners, large format digital prints and other self-adhesive materials, as well as rigid sign panels up to 70mm thick. It is easy to install, space saving, time saving, offers increased productivity and efficiency, and provides a safer working environment.
“We only had two men who could confidently applicate large panels; now all staff can do it. Our capacity for throughput has more than doubled with the same number of staff.”
“It’s considerably faster than we could achieve previously and we get no restrictions or bottle-necks on the laminating process. All the staff like using it, in fact one member of staff commented ‘Every time I use it, I’ve got a big smile on my face!’.”
“The service from William Smith is amazing, with excellent follow-up. They are a nice company to deal with - very helpful and friendly, and our few teething problems were resolved very quickly,” concludes Mr. Taylor.