26 Jun 2019

Vivid teams up with Anitech Australia to develop sales of laminating systems

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Vivid has announced a new collaborative effort with Anitech Australia which will see sales of the Vivid Easymount brand of wide format laminators enhanced in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 25 years experience in the industry, Vivid designs and manufactures cold and hot laminating systems for the sign, digital and graphic markets.  Already market leaders in Europe - with exports growing on a global basis - Vivid believes the relationship formed with Anitech will enhance and develop sales of the Easymount wide format laminators in the southern hemisphere, bringing benefits of high quality reliable systems at affordable prices.

Anitech, with its long history in the industry, will complement the skills and experience of Vivid and help build a long lasting relationship offering a first class and professional service to the end user as well as value-for-money solutions.


First UK installation of Miller Weldmaster Desktop T3 at Sunderland-based Where The Trade Buys

Miller Weldmaster T3

Sunderland-based company Where The Trade Buys is the first UK business to install Solent's T3 banner welder. 

Having viewed the solution at Sign & Digital 2011, Martyn Young of Where The Trade Buys was so impressed with the ease of use, speed and quality of the desktop T3 that he immediately placed his order and is now producing high quality banners faster and better than ever before.

Martyn Young comments, “We are rapidly expanding family business and whereas previously we had to sew our banners, the Miller Weldmaster T3 changes our whole production process with better quality, appearance and significantly more output per day.  We have reorganised our factory to maximise the potential of the T3 and it is already proving to be a winner.”

Ian Jenkins of Solent added, “We are delighted that the desktop T3 is such a popular choice with UK banner makers. It’s a super machine with great versatility and the same impressive quality as the larger versions in the Miller Weldmaster range.”

Vista Systems introduces double-sided flag sign for road-side applications

Vista Systems Flagsign

Vista System International, a fast growing pioneer and world leader in Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT), introduces a new double sided flag sign for displaying information on road sides.

The new sign has an arrow shape design which offers increased visibility for passing traffic. The sign consists of three Vista Light extrusions, two aluminum end caps (top and bottom), two polycarbonate inserts used as background for the graphic inserts and two square supporting profiles for internal stabilisation. The sign is offered in a verity of sizes ranging up to 2.5m high and 1.2m wide.

MCFT (Modular Curved Frame Technology) is a new concept for the sign industry designed to fill the gap between modular and custom made signs.  MCFT offers the best of both worlds by offering the advantages of a modern modular system with the ability to provide a highly customizable solution that meets the unique requirements for each project. 

Drytac demonstrates improved VersaCoater XL UV Liquid Coating machine for first time at FESPA

Drytac Liquid Coater

Drytac Europe Ltd, a Bristol, UK-based laminating film & machinery manufacturer, demonstrated its improved VersaCoater XL UV Liquid Coating machine to the European market for the first time at this years’ FESPA Digital in Hamburg.

The VersaCoater XL wide format UV curable roller coater is the most economical, flexible finishing solution for wide format graphics. Running at a process speed up to 33m/min, a 100m roll of printed vinyl was coated, cured and wound back onto a core in 4 minutes using the (optional) roll-to-roll feature during a live demonstration at FESPA.

Crowds gathered to watch this impressive feat, as well as the unveiling of the (optional) White Kit for the VersaCoater XL. With white liquid coatings for both flexible and rigid substrates, several reverse printed samples of acrylic we coated, showing how this feature can replace the costly need of printing in white, as well as give flexibility in opacity depending on how many passes through the coater the print went.

“I was very pleased at the level of interest shown for the VersaCoater XL,” said Jim Tatum, VP of Drytac’s Liquid Division, who attended the show. “The new features truly make this machine unlike any other available on the market and we were able to demonstrate that successfully.”

Other new features on the VersaCoater XL include a perspex see-through front cover with illuminated backlit coating section for improved visibility, a new curing system with split power feature for reduced power consumption, a new curing unit light shield for additional UV light safety (2m wide machine only), and a pneumatically controlled dual blade scraper, putting an end to wet prints on back side.

With the VersaCoater XL having been sold just prior to the show, Steve Broad, Sales Director for Drytac Europe, is confident that a few more installations will be completed throughout Europe before the year is out.

Overall, FESPA Digital was an overwhelming success, with several Drytac machines being sold, thus Drytac are actively seeking qualified VARs for representing Drytac throughout Europe and beyond. Interested printer resellers should contact Jim Tatum via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Weldmaster T3 desktop banner welder makes for a happy Sign UK

Miller Weldmaster T3

It’s not often that the launch of a new product in the banner finishing market results in potential customers experiencing genuine happiness at first sight, but that was the feeling expressed by many visitors to the Solent stand at the Sign & Digital Show this year.

Solent Sewing & Welding are the UK distributors for Miller Weldmaster’s superb range of heat welding machines for sign and banner printers. The launch of their new desktop hot wedge welder, the T3, specially designed for the lower volume, smaller sign and banner shop means that there is now an affordable alternative to the frustrations of taping or using handhelds.

The new T3 produces all the seams required, welding hems, overlaps, pockets and rope in hem seams and will help the small business owner reduce their costs with the efficiency and dependability of welded seams – a quantum leap in speed and quality. The T3 can weld PVC, mesh, PE and other industrial fabrics and welding speeds up to 10m/min can be achieved.

Designed to easily adapt to any small business, the T3 uses a limited amount of space, is compact enough to fit on a table and can also travel on a track for welding larger banners and awnings.  Easy to operate controls are mounted on the front of the machine and start/stop is controlled either on the front of the machine or by a foot pedal for table-top operation. Built to Miller Weldmaster’s renowned quality, the solid steel frame will provide years of durability and plugs into a normal 3-pin single phase socket.

So when potential customers at the show viewed how easy the T3 is to operate and the superb quality it produces, dozens and dozens reacted with that big smile and the resulting orders have meant that this year’s Sign & Digital Show has been the best ever for Solent/Miller Weldmaster.

Find out more at www.solentsew.co.uk

Vivid additions to The Roland Academy will attract greater interest in finishing

Vivid Roland

Acknowledging the continued importance of finishing processes as a part of practical learning about wide-format production, Vivid Laminating Technologies has joined forces with The Roland Academy with the provision of two Easymount machines. These state-of-the-art hot and cold laminators are to be incorporated into Roland DG’s industry accredited training courses held at Walsall College, and will enable new and experienced users of digital print to develop additional finishing skills in display production and sign-making.

The two machines joining the existing fleet of Roland digital solutions at the Academy are from Vivid’s comprehensive wide-format portfolio. The first of the duo is the Easymount EM-1400 cold mounting and laminating model which has a maximum film width of 1.4m, no warm-up time and a convenient reverse mechanism. The second unit, the Easymount EM-1600H, is a single hot roller machine with a width of 1.6m that can mount and laminate simultaneously.

Designed and manufactured by Vivid Laminating Technologies to ISO14001 standards, both of these solutions feature large diameter rollers, solid heavy-duty construction and a magic eye safety feature. The systems installed at The Roland Academy are representative of the company’s broad range of laminators from pouch and document models through to machines designed for wide-format print and signs up to 20mm in thickness.

Bruce Cozens, product manager at Vivid Laminating Technologies, is delighted that his company’s machines will play an integral role in courses at The Roland Academy. “The versatility of our solutions enables display producers and sign-makers to extend the range of services they offer to their end customers by adding durability and a more vivid and attractive appearance to applications,” he states. “The combination of our EM-1400 and EM-1600H models gives users an excellent introduction on how lamination can enhance different jobs as well as providing extra protection on a variety of end materials.”

“Finishing is a vital element in the production process, and the need to incorporate greater laminating versatility into our courses at The Roland Academy is vital as demand increases for wraps and vehicle graphics,” comments Jerry Davies, managing director of Roland DG (UK). “The Vivid Easymount machines complement perfectly our latest printing and cutting technologies, and will prove to be valuable additions to our programme of courses.”

[Photo shows Bruce Cozens from Vivid (left) and Jerry Davies from Roland DG (right)]