Plastic Formers has been supplying fabricated, moulded and engineered plastic components across trade and industry since the company’s inception nearly 50 years ago. Founded and based in Manchester, they specialise in the manufacture, processing and design of plastic products.
It recently became apparent that in order to expand their product range, keeping them at the top of their game, an economical solution for the creation of filigree contours and smooth cut edges was needed.
“The suitability of the usual machining methods was very limited and involved expensive reworking.” says Daniel Jepson, Technical Director at Plastic Formers. “We keep all areas of production up to date with the latest and best technology, and realised that our Digital Print department had to step up its game in order to maintain this high standard. The EFI H1625 SuperDraw is the Holy Grail with its white ink, instant cure and laser proofs.”
This is the first Super Draw EFI printer to be sold in the UK and has put Plastic Formers in a leading position to offer innovative solutions in large quantities, within short lead times. The digital efficiencies of the EFI H1625-SD wide-format printer mean direct print thermoforming is simple. It prints directly to a wide range of thermo formable plastics, eliminates costly and time-consuming screen or hand-painting processes, delivers near-photographic image quality with four colours plus white as standard and eight-level variable drop grayscale printing capability.
The machine was supplied by CMYUK, the UK's largest independent supplier of wide-format digital printers, cutting equipment and materials. With a new Demonstration Centre based in Shrewsbury, they were able to offer Daniel and his team the chance to see the machine in action, as well as giving them the opportunity to test a range of different materials to see how it handled them.
Graphics printed with EFI SuperDraw UV inks are ideal for high-elongation thermoforming applications.
“It was fantastic to see the machine running, and how easily it changed from one job to the next. We decided to purchase one from CMYUK on the drive home and have not been disappointed. It’s a great machine, CMYUK have been fantastic with their support, and we’ve been taking on jobs we didn’t have capacity to accept before,” concludes Daniel.
Sarah Winterbottom, Senior Digital Sales Consultant at CMYUK, says, “It’s fantastic to see such an experienced and highly regarded company within their field embrace and endorse this new EFI digital technology.”