B2B Graphics cuts a dash with Agfa’s Anapurna
When Bicester-based B2B Graphics, needed to increase its production capacity, while still maintaining the quality of its output, it decided that Agfa was the company best placed to help it meet its objectives.
Now, having invested in Agfa’s Anapurna H2500i LED hybrid printer with Asanti workflow, B2B Graphics is equally impressed with the performance of its new inkjet system and Agfa’s pre-installation, set-up, service and training support.
Chris Dalby, the company’s Production Manager, explained: “We specialise in the production of display graphics for event companies and sports venues, work that always demands a very rapid turnaround, but this meant that we were unable to accommodate high volume jobs. However, since the installation of the Anapurna, that’s all changed. In the first month, the increased productivity covered the extra cost of the entire year’s leasing!”
He continued: “Costs have risen, but so too has output. One of the main reasons for this is the Asanti workflow, which has alleviated the bottlenecks in production, thus enabling us to take on the high volume jobs that we previously turned away. Asanti pre-flight picks up errors that would otherwise be overlooked, enabling us to verify customers’ files and achieve the results they demand. In addition, the colour balancing throughout all the print speeds is superb – it really is a very valuable asset.”
The Anapurna H2500i LED is a high-speed hybrid UV LED-curable inkjet system, which offers six-colour printing and a print width of up to 2.5m. It combines high quality with high productivity to produce outdoor and indoor, rigid and flexible wide-format applications. The automatic board feeder increases productivity even further, while the white ink function creates possibilities for printing on to transparent material for backlit applications or for printing white as a spot colour.
Assanti workflow is an advanced, yet easy to use workflow software for wide format printing, providing end-to-end quality and data management. As a completely automated production hub featuring Agfa Graphics’ award winning colour technology, Asanti integrates with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) facilitating highly specific functionalities, such as nesting, see-through concept, proofing support and more, together with fast, automatic pre-flighting.
Nathan Green, who joined Agfa towards the end 2016, installed B2B Graphics’ Anapurna and also provided the requisite level of support.
Chris Dalby concluded: “After talking to others who use Agfa equipment we expected a high level of service, but I have to say, that right from planning and pre-installation, to the kit being set-up, through to training and follow up visits, the whole process has been very professional. This was a big investment for us but Nathan and Agfa have made the whole experience a complete pleasure!”
For further information on B2B Graphics, visit: www.b2bgraphics.co.uk
For further information on Agfa, visit: www.agfa.com