Manchester-based Ainsley Signs has provided a dedicated sign service for over 50 years, boasting a variety of clients covering broad industry sectors.
With a base of consistent and loyal customers, along with new business and contracts, Ainsley Signs faced the production bottleneck that is seen so often in the print business.
In order to maintain their existing workload and confidently secure new business, Ainsley Signs would need to invest in a new large format printer. Having made the decision to take their business to the next level, they looked to their past.
Josh Ainsley, Commercial Director explains, “We have a number of Roland machines and are happy with the overall product. We first bought a Roland printer back in 2000 and are still using it today. Our past experience gave me the confidence to stick with Roland, as the old saying goes, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!” So a new Roland was a no-brainer.”
Having kept a keen eye on the new releases from Roland, Ainsley Signs opted for the newly launched SolJet EJ-640.
Roland’s EJ-640 offers rugged construction and low operating costs, allowing for higher volume printing with the introduction of the new EJ inks, available in 1 litre cartridges. With economical design features, the EJ-640 is positioned as a long-running, low-maintenance production machine, designed to improve productivity and quality whilst lowering running costs.
The Roland SolJet EJ-640 uses dual eight-channel Piezo heads, staggered to cover a large print width, and arranged in a mirrored formation to reduce the chance of chromatic banding.
Alongside the new ink, you’ll find new VersaWorks Dual RIP Software, incorporating native PDF processing and a new media feed system, encouraging more accurate and precise take-up.
The reasoning behind Ainsley Signs’ purchase decision is fairly obvious, “the business we work in, and the clients we work with are all about the turn-around time, the EJ was a fantastic choice due to its speed and quality.”
Purchased from Roland dealer, printMAX, Ainsley Signs were the first in the country to receive the brand new SolJet.
“About 2 years ago I started looking into the solutions available, having posted a question on twitter, printMAX responded instantly with advice, information and confidence in their products. The install was great, showing us everything we needed to know. printMAX have always gone the extra mile for us and I’ve built a great relationship with them as a result. Relationships with our suppliers has always been a big part of our purchasing decision, you need someone reliable and time conscious so that you can offer the same to your clients.”
Whilst Ainsley Signs aren’t producing anything new, they have increased their workload and can now confidently take on new clients without the worry of missing deadlines or compromising on quality. The EJ-640 is currently working flat out with their existing Roland VersaCAMM VS-640i to produce signage for a long-standing client in the home building industry, along with testing out Metamark’s brand new range or Wall Décor substrates, the DecorMark range.
“The MD-WA wallart works brilliantly on the Roland and allows us to offer our existing client base a new product to work with.”
Metamark have launched their new range to satisfy a growing need in the market for high quality Wall Art applications. The Decormark range consists of a wide range of textures, finishes and adhesives to solve all décor needs, the MD-WA and repositionable MD-WR are available at 25% off during June with printMAX. Samples are available on request.