25 Jun 2021

Roland DG Academy’s two-for-one course offer detonates potential

Roland Academy 

Sign-makers are being offered the opportunity to explore the full profit potential of their software and equipment with a two-for-one deal at the Roland DG Academy. The Academy’s hands-on SignLab and Adobe Photoshop courses are on offer as two-day training sessions and are focused on profit generation and cost reduction — vital as companies diversify and maximise their resources in the current economic situation. While time permits, companies can take advantage of putting two employees on the programme, covering knowledge gaps and ensuring that all staff are trained – particularly important when dealing with holiday cover or even redundancy cover.

“By addressing how the person uses these two key products, and what they achieve with their throughput, the Academy courses improve the company’s output quality and workflow,” explains Marc Jenkin, Academy Manager, who also leads on both of these courses. “Because of the high standard of our trainers, we can ensure that users return with the confidence built to tender for higher margin jobs, armed with an array of knowledge about special processes, vector design and image improvement.”

Jenkin is eager to highlight the importance of the purpose-built production environment where the courses take place. “An interruption-free space means pure hands-on time in the company of experts,” he points out. “Making use of smart boards with video recording equipment means that we can hone in on exactly how to perfect these processes and thereby improve return on investment.”

Escalating the business-client relationship is a vital part of the programmes, which also allow specific files or issues to be brought to the table. “There are some stunning effects that are possible that aren’t widely known or used,” hints Jenkin, who has been training at the Academy since its inception in 2006. “Companies can really get the most out of their existing customers and also move into new grounds by asking, simply, whether they knew that chrome effects or vector design were services that they supplied.”

The SignLab course, which can be split into two individual days, is led by experts who will ensure that the trainee knows menu control and shortcuts, progressing into the creation of vector graphics, cut paths and colour management. Day one will provide the knowledge needed to speed up the user’s workflow and improve co-ordination between the supplier and their customers. Day two progresses that skill base by targeting industry requirements and powerful image techniques, including the enhancement of poor quality bitmap or raster graphics while avoiding pixelation. By the end of the course the trainee student will be confident in using Half Cut to extract print and cuts, the management of badges and serialisation — known as VDP in similar packages — and special effects, such as ripple effects, chrome and borders.

Over the two day Adobe Photoshop course, users can become more rapid through their control of selections, layers and shortcuts. Having nailed down their own method alongside the trainer, students concrete their colour management skills by developing and implementing the use of correct colour processes, depending on the job, and appreciating all aspects of image correction. By reducing error and workflow times they will return with a greater enjoyment of the programme and a number of suggestions for diversifying the company’s chargeable services.

With plenty of time to network during attendance, delegates can share their experience and receive expert advice on any issues they may face regularly. “A person who’s in control and comfortable with the equipment they use will bring more to the company,” Jenkin concludes. “And that’s what these courses really provide — the confidence and ability to use these tools to their full advantage.” Prices, and a complete course offering with detailed contents, are available at www.rolanddg.co.uk/academy/

 

Sign Ireland the premier Irish sign, and digital event

Sign and Digital Ireland 2009 

Sign Ireland and Digital Ireland returns to the RDS on 23-24 September 2009 as Sign & Digital Ireland. With a new look and name to reflect the evolving Irish visual communications industry, the 2009 event promises to be better than ever before.

The event brings together Ireland’s visual communications industry every two years and attracts quality visitors from the sign & digital, end user and visual communications sector.

Co-located with Sign & Digital Ireland in 2009 will be Print Ireland incorporating Repro Ireland. Print Ireland is the ultimate forum for the Irish print community bringing together buyers, specifiers and suppliers of printing machinery, consumables and services.
Planning for the 2009 shows is well underway.

Sign & Digital Ireland is the longest running event for the sign, digital and visual communications industry. Spanning two days at the RDS in Dublin, visitors to the show can combine seeing suppliers, distributors, products and people from across the industry in one visit and under one roof. Visitors also will benefit from Print Ireland incorporating Repro Ireland being co-located in Simmonscourt.

Why you should attend…

  • Leading suppliers will be exhibiting at the show with new and existing products, demonstrating these products live ….giving you the chance to meet a variety of suppliers in one place
  • Attend FREE seminars & workshops covering the latest issues faced by the industry and keeping you up to date with the latest technology and solutions
  • Receive expert, impartial advice from industry Experts
  • Sign & Digital Ireland is an ideal opportunity to network with your peers whilst comparing costs, services and products
  • Attendance is FREE of charge and includes entrance to Print Ireland

With Sign & Digital Ireland only taking place every two years, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet your peers as the industry converges on Dublin on 23 – 24 September 2009.

For further information and to pre-register click here.

Sign & Digital UK 2009 announces attendance results

sign uk 

With the current economic climate there were concerns about the show and whether it was up to the challenge. These concerns were safely put to bed come 10am on the opening day. Crowds flocked to the NEC and saw a glittering showcase at the UK’s premier sign making and digital printing event.

The quality of visitors at this year’s show was unquestionable. From all the information, data and feedback we have received the main point that has kept on cropping up is that the quality of the visitors with money in their pocket was excellent.

Visitors to the 2009 show included:  Delta Display, McLaren Racing, Signs Express, British Airways, Sign-A-Rama, Cadbury, FastSigns, Legoland, Pyramid, Harrods, Linney Group, Ikea, Kall Kwik, Co-operative Group, Hawes Signs, Waitrose, Prontaprint, MOD, Augustus Martin, Jaeger, Cestrian, Motorola, C3 Imaging, Hampshire County Council and many more.

The show data has now been collated and checked, and we can now release our subject to audit ABC certificate which shows a total visitor attendance of 6,127 which does not include repeat visits, and a total overall attendance, including press and exhibitor personnel, of 7,111.

Alan Caddick, Marketing Manager for the show comments: “For us, it is really important to go for an ABC audit. It very much fits in with our ‘open and honest’ approach which is the way we like to work. ABC is a trusted impartial service that gives us a true result of our attendance at our exhibition. This adds value to our business and event and gives us real credibility and integrity when talking to the market place about our attendance figures.”

Hexis enters technical partnership with Oreca

oreca lmp1 

Hexis, manufacturer of self-adhesive vinyl films, and Oreca, the motor racing company, are entering a technical partnership with the aim of further improving the performance of the LMP1 race car (Le Mans Prototype 1). The vehicle body panels will be covered in vinyl film instead of paint for a noticeable weight reduction thus achieving fuel savings and faster laps. Several tests were carried out in 2008 and 2009 with the results pointing in that direction.

For this type of application Hexis supplies ultra-thin adhesive coated vinyl films. As the films are extremely conformable and stretchable they can be applied over curved surfaces and thus completely wrap the vehicle. The Hexis training department provides technical assistance with the application of the films onto the vehicles.

Oreca, set up in 1972, is a race car designer and constructor based in France. 2009 is their second year of participation in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Hexis manufactures a full line of graphic vinyl and digital printing media used for sign making and vehicle markings. The company is based in Frontignan, near Montpellier, France with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and the United States and with affiliate Hexis companies in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The group exports some 40% of its turnover to over 40 countries worldwide, while enjoying sales of EUR 37.6 million in 2008.

Queen’s Award presented to UV curing firm

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The trading record of UV light source manufacturer Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) was described as ‘worthy of a Harvard Business School case study’ during the official presentation on Tuesday (July 21st) of the 2009 Queens’s Award for International Trade by Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE.

Founded in 2000, Integration Technology designs and assembles compact, lightweight, modular UV systems for a variety of inkjet and industrial applications. “The record of this company is impressive,” said Mr. Stevenson. “An enormous amount of hard work and effort needs to go into what Integration Technology has achieved and it’s founded on quality, relentless focus on customer service and a determined approach to the international marketplace.”

Mr Stevenson suggested the record of the business over the last six years as “worthy of a Harvard Business School case study”, with the company scoring a compound rate of growth in turnover over the last six years not less than 43% of its net profit compound rate of growth of 58%.

Mr Stevenson took a tour to meet some 40 staff working on the development of UV curing systems at the company’s design and assembly facility at Upper Heyford near Oxford. After presenting the Queen’s Award to ITL managing director Adrian Lockwood at a reception on the company site attended by staff and special guests from local community and global industry, he congratulated the company on its achievement.

“Winning the Queen’s Award is by no means small beer,” said Mr Stevenson. “The award is not given lightly. It’s made on merit and given its prestigious nature, there is very strong competition for it. So this is a wonderful opportunity for Integration Technology to capitalise on its undoubted strengths.”

Guest speaker Tony Baldry, Conservative MP for Banbury said: “Around ninety-eight percent of ITL products are exported and that’s a phenomenal achievement given the competition in the global marketplace.

First UK installation of FUJIFILM Acuity Advance X2 at ReproArts

Acuity Advance X2 

Norfolk based ReproArts has been in business for over 60 years, starting out as a screen printer, and in that time has seen a lot of changes in the industry. Priding itself on keeping up to date with the latest technology, not only did it install the first fully automatic Sericol screen printer in the 1970s, a serious leap into the unknown at the time, but it has recently installed the first Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 in the UK.

Paul Hill, Production Director at ReproArts, says “We first saw the Acuity X2 in action earlier this year and placed our order at Sign and Digital UK. Although it has been a major investment for the company, we knew when we saw it that it was just what we were looking for in terms of its print area of 3.05m x 2.5 m edge to edge. That really is a massive sheet size.”

“Combined with its incredible accuracy, there was no hesitation in understanding that this machine was what we needed to achieve even better quality work than we had been offering. And the fact that it comes with a white option has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for us. For instance, we are now able to print double sided on Perspex, something that is very important to our customers.”

The Acuity Advance series uses FUJIFILM Sericol Uvijet UV inks, delivering supreme flexibility, particularly when using Uvijet white, which allows users to print a very opaque white under, over or between print layers, as ReproArts is doing, as well as directly onto dark media.

Paul continues, “Our previous roll fed machine simply couldn’t cope with heavy weight flat sheets and for double sided work the Acuity is impressively accurate, printing in exactly the right position for our Zund cutting machine to then cut the outlines.”

ReproArts has enjoyed a long standing relationship with FUJIFILM Sericol, installing the first ever ‘Sericol Sprinter’ automatic screen printing machine in the early 70s. Paul explains, “FUJIFILM Sericol has given us a fantastic level of service over the last 40 years. So, although their digital offering is relatively new, we had no qualms about going to them when we wanted to expand in this area, as we know we can trust them.”

The company has customers that range from some major restaurant chains and shopping outlets throughout the UK, to the car industry, and produces anything from window graphics, banners, in store decorations/displays to tool storage solutions. The large sheet size that the Acuity Advance X2 offers is extremely important, as the majority of the work customers are now looking for needs something capable of printing at this size. In fact, before the machine was installed, work was queuing up waiting. And the white option and the bigger print area has enabled work that couldn’t be done before to be handled.

“The large print size also means that when we are doing smaller jobs we can have one running on one side of the machine and be setting up another next to it. The machine has literally been printing all the time since the day after it was installed, and we are using it across a wide range of substrates up to its maximum depth of 48mm. I can honestly say we have no regrets at all.”

Paul continues, “We are so impressed with the quality of the work coming off the machine and the improvement in turnaround times - and it’s not just us, our customers have also commented - that we’re even thinking about making another investment.”

The Acuity Advance X2 has the same modified print head array as the Acuity Advance and incorporates greyscale print head technology to produce near-photographic quality print - unrivalled in the market today. The print area of the Advance X2 makes it the largest UV inkjet printer currently available, and it prints at a speed of 22m2/hr in production mode and 15m2/hr in high quality mode. Its additional white ink option complements the CMYK colour set.