Benson Signs creates Goodison history with Seiko ColorPainter H-Series

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Benson Signs combines high levels of sign-making knowledge and experience with the very latest technology and equipment, making it one of the country’s most established and respected sign-makers. Established in 1969 and based in Liverpool, Benson Signs prides itself on the reliability, quality and range of its services and with the recent acquisition of a new Seiko ColorPainter H-74S solvent printer the company has enhanced these services still further.

Benson Signs offers a full range of professional sign services from consultation and design right through to installation and servicing. Extensive in-house production facilities include design and graphic studios, wide format digital printing onto roll or rigid substrates, CNC router / laser profiling and channel letter manufacture. The company also provides a broad range of sign solutions including powder coating, wet spraying and metal fabrication.

For more than five years, Benson Signs has been using a Seiko ColorPainter 64S, which it has always valued for its performance and reliability. To cope with greater demand for production speed and quality, the company decided to look for a new solvent printer to fulfil the requirements of several potential projects. Kevin Leary of Benson Signs explains, “Our business is all about customer response. We needed a machine that would allow us to fulfil large volume, high quality digital print orders at very short notice.”

He continues, “We looked at a number of printers and finally decided that the ColorPainter H-74S gave us all the print quality, speed and power we were looking for. Our experience of the ColorPainter 64S gave us a lot of confidence in the new printer, particularly as Colourgen demonstrated the key improvements very well. We took delivery of the printer in July 2010 and, with Colourgen’s help, we were up and running very quickly. It was shortly afterwards that we were commissioned to install a history timeline around three full sides of Goodison Park Stadium, the home of Everton FC.”

The Everton timeline consists of approximately 350 square metres of printed material depicting the clubs illustrious history, mainly archive photographs, programmes, historical documents and facts and were all printed using the Seiko. Black & white images were used throughout the timeline but thanks to the Seiko, operating also with the lighter colours, such as greys, magenta and cyan, the subtleties and tones of the original photographs was faithfully reproduced at the impressive rate of around 30 sq metres per hour.

The images were printed onto a high quality white digital print vinyl at a medium quality setting with profiling matched to the media and the prints were then over-laminated with a compatible clear matt covering. The images were then applied to a continuous run of aluminium composite tray panelling ready for installation on site.

Kevin Leary adds, “We were delighted with the performance of the ColorPainter H-74S during this work. The project had to be completed before the opening home fixture of the season on August 21st, giving us just 12 days to complete the work from printing right through to installation on site. We simply could not have achieved this without the phenomenal speed and print quality of this printer.

Mr Bill Kenwright, the Chairman of Everton FC, commented in an announcement from Everton, “This timeline captures all the key moments which have combined to make Everton Football Club what it is today and it also serves to provide a quite outstanding reminder of the great moments and the great names our supporters have been fortunate enough to enjoy down the decades.”

Melanie Enser, Product Marketing Manager for Colourgen, UK distributor for Seiko ColorPainter printers, comments, “The timeline at Goodison Park is exactly the type of job the ColorPainter H-74S has been designed for. It produces really high quality, durable images at very high speeds.”

The 8-colour ColorPainter H-74S printers offer printing speeds up to 55 sqm/h, which are approximately 1.5 – 2 times faster than competing models in the same price/width class. The printers can also print a blistering 100sqm/h in 4-colour mode. These speeds are achieved by utilising eight super-wide, piezo inkjet heads, while maintaining extremely high image quality and density.

Kevin Leary concludes, “We continue to be impressed with the Seiko. Our Studio Manager believes that due to the machine’s impressive speed and print quality, it allows him to manage the print work more effectively and enables us to better meet customer demand. We have also carried out some important work for other customers, including producing hundreds of metres of wallpaper and canvas wall hangings for one of our major client’s High Street shops. We are delighted with what the Seiko has added to our business and look forward to creating more high profile jobs in the future.”