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A special celebration

A special celebration
The Mimaki cutting plotter that’s in regular use at Sign & Design (Somerset) still looks as good as the day the company bought it, according to its owner, Paul Dinsdale and, as that was in the late 1990s and the cutter is still used almost daily, that’s some claim!



Dinsdale explained: “We’ve looked after it of course, but it’s still running and cutting perfectly. We’ve gone through a few blades and pinch rollers in that time, but it starts up happily, we press the buttons and it does its stuff!”

Starting out in the early 1980s, Dinsdale began his apprenticeship in hand-painted signwriting. In 1983, he set up his own sign business and soon won the contract to provide traditional painted signage for a large brewery. As the business grew and took on staff, computers opened up the potential for plotting vinyl lettering and the company bought its first cutter. In the mid-1990s, the business moved to larger premises, employed more staff and invested in the Mimaki CG-101, a one metre wide cutting plotter.

Dinsdale continued: “As a trained hand painter, I’ve been able to use this skill along with output from the cutter to deliver a diverse range of products to our customers. We even use it to combine the two techniques, by cutting masks that are then used for hand-painted signs.”

Other popular products that make use of the 25-year-old cutter’s capabilities are school honours boards, where detail is critical, and vinyl garment lettering that’s then heat pressed onto sportswear. Signage within the education sector is also an important area for the business, and applying vinyl to powder-coated aluminium sign systems delivers a premium and long-lasting result.

“The use that Paul’s business has enjoyed from the Mimaki cutter over the last quarter of a century is a testament not only to the build quality of the machine, but also how well it’s been looked after,” commented Duncan Jefferies, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Hbrid Services, Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor. “We were absolutely delighted to hear that Sign & Design\s investment is still providing such great service, so far down the line.”

Dinsdale concluded: “The Mimaki has been a fantastic machine! We pride ourselves on bringing together the traditional art of signwriting and the benefits of technology, and this plotter has enabled us to consistently deliver bespoke and high quality, yet cost-effective solutions for our clients.”

For further details of Mimaki’s current product line-up, including the recently launched AR Series of cutting plotters, visit: www.hybridservices.co.uk

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