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A DYSS brings success for Thomas Leach Colour

A DYSS brings success for Thomas Leach Colour

 There are very few print businesses that can say they have ridden the tide of continuous change and market evolution and remained successful throughout their existence. However, Thomas Leach Colour is a company that has not only sailed through the industry challenges; it has also excelled since its inception almost 120 years ago.

Founded in 1901 as a print and stationery business primarily working in the Oxfordshire area, Thomas Leach Colour has since evolved to become a complete solution provider that offers everything from design, signmaking, display and packaging work, to litho and digital print, as well as fulfillment services. However, many of these activities remained beyond the company’s scope until it purchased a large format printer and a DYSS X7-1624C digital cutting table from AG/CAD.

The purchase of a Komori B2 press, a large format Océ Arizona 360 and the DYSS X7-1624C, form part of an investment programme that has seen the business invest over £1m in the last few years. Commenting upon the investment strategy, Thomas Leach Colour Sales Director, Dave Mullord said: “We found that more and more customers were looking for suppliers to provide a single source solution to fulfil complete marketing campaigns that often incorporate large format print projects including posters, banners and PoS displays. Our customers’ needs were clearly evolving and we knew we either had to invest or subcontract the work and face the consequence of losing process control and racking up additional costs. Accordingly, we bought our first large format Océ Arizona three years ago, but hand cutting limited our finishing capability, so we knew we needed a digital cutting table too.”

The Océ Arizona enabled Thomas Leach Colour to process a greater range of substrates and increase its offering to customers. However, the operator of the Océ was also tasked with hand cutting; a laborious task that had a number of limitations. Firstly, he could only cut straight-line profiles with any level of precision – shaped profiles still had to be subcontracted. Further, the precision and edge finish quality of hand cutting was often inconsistent and liable to operator error.

Acknowledging the need for a digital cutting table, Thomas Leach Colour reviewed the marketplace. Dave Mullord continued: “We reviewed the options and had demonstrations from all the leading suppliers and found the performance characteristics of many of the machines were quite similar. However, the service, the attention to detail and the attentiveness to our specific needs put AG/CAD streets ahead of the other suppliers and, from a purely cost perspective, the DYSS was a much more attractive proposition with an extremely robust build-quality and the industry-leading KASEMAKE software.

Selecting a machine that would work with its large format printer, Thomas Leach Colour specified a DYSS X7-1624C with a 1.6m by 2.4m cutting table and a Superhead configuration with an oscillating knife tool, routing head and creasing wheel. The K-Cut Vision Pro system and the KASEMAKE CAD software further complement it.

The arrival of the DYSS opened new doors for the company. First and foremost, the DYSS has eliminated external subcontracting costs, reduced lead-times and provided the potential to target new market sectors. As Dave Mullord observed: “The DYSS and Océ complement each other perfectly and we are targeting new opportunities with great success. The combination has opened up the signmaking sector for us, which is a huge bonus that we predict will help to increase our turnover in the future.”

Added to this projected growth, Thomas Leach Colour has the flexibility and capability to output decals, wallpaper, vinyl and much more.

Dave Mullord continued: “From an internal perspective, the DYSS has helped us to eliminate bottlenecks, streamline our production and reduce our lead-times to create extra capacity. It has also enabled us to reduce costs too. The K-Cut Vision System delivers impeccable precision, whilst the Superhead generates exemplary cut-quality, both of which have eliminated scrappage. This is particularly prominent on pop-up displays where the cut quality, precision and fit is a critical factor.

We are extremely pleased with the DYSS and the way it works in synergy with our large format printer – all ways round its purchase has provided a real boost for our business.”

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