ASG Spark upgrades to adapt to new demands
Packaging company ASG Spark has upgraded its print hardware portfolio to include a new Roland VersaUV S-Series printer, which can print onto a virtually unlimited variety of materials and objects.
ASG Spark, which provides services and solutions for major brands in the home entertainment, gaming, beauty, home electronics, wines and spirits and other sectors, recently united with the global design and solutions expert Spark to form ASG Spark, thus connecting both teams, plus their workflows and systems. The company had previously purchased a Roland VersaUV LEC-330 UV printer/cutter, which was originally installed at its Slough site eight years ago, so that it could produce a specific kind of design, but the quality of its output meant it was soon put to work in other areas.
So impressed was the company’s design team with the printer’s performance that it decided to upgrade to a new Roland VersaUV LEC-330S-B150, from the substantial and powerful S-Series. This next-generation UV-LED belt printer with its optional table, can print CMYK, white and gloss onto virtually any substrate or object – rigid, roll-to-roll or flexible – up to 200mm in height and 100kg/sqm in weight.
Now working on retail commissions for Christmas 2019, ASG Spark is using the LEC-330S-B150 to create fully detailed scale models of large POS displays.
Karl Ballard, the company’s Senior Prepress & Systems Technician, explained: “We tried similar printers from many other brands but found the quality just wasn’t as good as the Roland. In fact, after the LEC was installed we found its detail and quality was as good as its production and perfect for use on packaging mock-ups, as we can create many special effects with dimensional coating, while also improving turnaround times, something which certainly pleases our customers!”
He added: “On the new LEC-330S-B150 we can print onto any substrate we like, ranging from laminated metallic boards, to golf balls. We can also print directly onto boxes, and it allows us to achieve lots of special effects with higher built-up textures and exact registration.
“The printer has helped us to maintain our core business and to adapt to our clients’ ever hanging demands. Quite simply, it’s a brilliant piece of equipment for our business.”