GPS finds niche in Grand Format with AG/CAD
Graphic Print & Sign (GPS) has found its niche as one of the UK’s few print specialists that can offer grand format as well as standard print and finishing services since it was founded 6 years ago.
The Newcastle business has progressively invested in roll to roll inkjet and flatbed UV printers to deliver growth, but the biggest step for the fledgling company was the recent acquisition of a Mimaki 3.2m roll-to-roll UV printer and a complementing 3.2m wide DYSS X7-3220C digital cutter from AG/CAD.
Commenting upon the strategy to invest in grand format, owner Malcolm Cairns says: “The majority of our work is for design and advertising agencies, sign-makers, litho printers and large format print companies that don’t have 3.2m wide capacity. The Mimaki UJV55-320 was delivered in November 2016 and the DYSS X7-3220C Super Head followed in January. As a result, grand format work has grown rapidly to account for 20% of our business already, our subcontract costs have fallen and we are continually winning new customers.”
Producing vinyl, fabric and canvas graphics plus Foamex and Dibond (Aluminium Composite) panels for shopping and retail outlets as well as educational establishments, GPS has certainly found its niche in the North East region.
Prior to acquiring the DYSS X7-3220C, the family business was committing at least one member of staff to hand cutting on a full time basis. “As a relatively small company, we felt that the business was running us and not vice versa. It was very labour intensive and time consuming, but the DYSS has turned this on its head and given us the freedom to focus on other aspects of the business. This will enable us to grow in the longer term.”
Production Director Jonathan Cairns says “A lot of our work is fast turnaround and before we had the DYSS X7, all profile cutting was sent for external processing with an average lead-time of 3-4 days. This disrupted our workflow plus the extended and sometimes unreliable lead-times could be a concern for customers. The DYSS X7 has brought all this work in-house, enabling us to keep strict control of turnaround times that are often within 24 hours. The DYSS has removed this bottleneck and eased the pressure on supplying fast-turnaround work”.
To ensure the DYSS X7-3220C handles longer-than-bed jobs accurately from a roll, the machine utilises the intelligent K-CUT Vision System to locate registration marks printed at various points along the roll media and then re-calibrates the cutting paths in accordance with the marks. Fully automatic, this procedure compensates for any drift or stretch on long print jobs to ensure optimal precision and repeatability.
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