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Burdening the Beast

Burdening the Beast

Mercury Signs & Designs, a full-service graphic design and sign specialist has recently invested in a Roland SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 high performance wide format printer to boost capacity and enable it to meet the demands of a growing range of customers in the specialist commercial vehicle wrapping sector.

Founded in 2000, the company has grown to become one of Scotland’s leading signmakers, offering a wide range of design and signage services. It has also built up an enviable reputation in the large-scale commercial vehicle wrapping sector, securing major contracts across Scotland to wrap fleets of buses, trucks, cranes and trams.  The XF-640, purchased from Roland authorised dealer, Spandex, has joined a growing arsenal of production machines at the company’ headquarters in Perth, Scotland, including a Roland VesaCAMM VP-300, a HP latex machine and a Grenadier wide format printer.

Tracey-Shanks,-partner-at-Mercury-Signs-and-Designs-and-the-high-speed-Roland-beast-(1)-copyTracey Shanks, a Partner at Mercury Signs & Designs, explained: “We first saw the Roland SOLJET PRO4 XF-640, or ‘The Beast’ as it has been nicknamed, in action at FESPA 2013 in London earlier this year and, since we were specifically looking for a high production printer that would enhance our capabilities, we were wholly impressed with its performance.

“We have a number of contracts with large bus and tram operators and trucking firms and these are very demanding jobs that require speed, quality and precision. So, we needed a robust wide format machine we could completely rely on, one that would run from day one and keep running, regardless of what we threw at it.  The Beast has been an outstanding investment for us in this regard and we’ve been delighted with its production ability.

She continued: “In fact, since the installation, we have used it to produce a lot of our large commercial contracts, including wrapping buses and trams, due to its phenomenal speed. When you’re faced with a tight turnaround, you need as much time as possible for the wrapping of the vehicle itself, as the finish has to be the best it can possibly be.  Thus, the speed of The Beast means we can ensure that not only is the printing top quality, but that the wraps also meet the highest professional standards too.”

Designed for use with both outdoor and indoor applications and with a printing speed of up to 102m²/hr. outputting exceptional quality, the SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 is the ideal production tool for signs, banners, vehicle wraps, window graphics, POP displays, exhibition show graphics, posters and more. The Beast is compatible with Roland’s newest eco-solvent inks, ECO-SOL MAX2 for an expanded colour gamut and fast drying times and offers a dual mirrored CMYK ink configuration for consistent colour imaging.

Tracey reports that the Mercury team also been very impressed with Roland dealer, Spandex, commending it for: “A very smooth sales process, competitive pricing and comprehensive training and aftersales service.”

She concludes:  “Put simply, The Beast does just what it says on the tin, and in a high pressure production environment, the importance of this cannot be overstated.  We wanted a powerful production machine that we could rely on; that could be trusted to keep producing high quality work at a great speed, with an easy learning curve and minimal maintenance.  The Beast gives us all of this and we couldn’t be happier with its performance.”

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