Allen Signs invests in cutting edge technology
Lincolnshire signage, vehicle livery and print business Allen Signs has invested £90,000 in a new machine as part of an ambitious strategy for growth.
The Protek Unico TT digital cutter and router is the latest addition to the firm’s print and production facility based at its premises in North Hykeham near Lincoln.
Manufactured in Italy, the ProtekUnico is unique, because it is an all in one print-finishing digital cutter and production router, which is capable of powering its way through a wide range of rigid materials, including cardboard, acrylics, plywood and metal, as well being able to engrave plastics and metals.
At the start of the year, Allen Signs spent £100,000 on a new EFI H1625 LED flatbed printer which can print onto almost any material and this latest investment is the second stage of a three-part plan.
Managing Director David Allen said: “When we decided to take the plunge and install the new printer we always knew it would only form part of the picture and that the investment would only really pay off if we added a more up-to-date digital cutter.
“The Protek Unico TT has really impressed me as it can cut extremely clean edges on nearly every material we’ve used, and even provides acrylics with an almost flame polished edge. It also has two knife bays and a camera, enabling anything we print to be seamlessly contour cut or creased if necessary.
“As a business, we are committed to investing in new technology as well as the training and development of our staff so we can continue to improve the range and quality of our products and services.
“Our investment has already paid off as we’re now entering new markets and doing more exhibition and branding work which we hope to build on. When clients approach us, we can now specify a wider range of materials and create more innovative and eye-catching designs.
“Previously there were certain jobs which we couldn’t compete on price-wise, but now we’re able to be much more cost-effective.”
As well as investing in new equipment, Allen Signs has also taken on more staff with its latest recruit, Michael Gray joining the install team.
For further information, on Allen Signs, visit: www.allen-signs.co.uk
For further information on the ProekUnico router range, visit: www.completecnc.co.uk