Close to historic Cookstown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the innovative Food Technology and Packaging Centre of the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE’s) Loughry Campus is facilitating a unique learning experience for its students with the assistance of its newly acquired Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter and JV300-160 solvent printer.
Loughry plays host to students studying qualifications up to degree level that incorporate modules in food production, product development, food testing and packaging performance, which, according to Ron Gardiner, CAFRE lecturer of 15 years standing is what necessitated its recent Mimaki purchases.
He explained: “All the qualifications we provide have a strong industry element, as our aim is to prepare our students for work in the food industry and to help them to develop their skills through projects that provide them with direct work and life experience. Thus, the arrival of the flatbed cutter and printer is enabling them to experience the complete workflow, from design through to creation of a prototype, and assisted by partnershipswith local businesses, they are often working to a live brief, making their projects all the more valid.”
The investment was made through Belfast-based authorisedMimaki reseller Dennis D Evans, where Sales Manager, Frank Wilson,said: “It is always rewarding to be involved in a project that assists young people and a particular pleasure to support students learning about both the structural design of packaging as well as the machines’ performance.”
Mimaki’s JV300-160 is a roll-fed solvent printer providing both high speed and stunning quality. Frank Wilson enthused: “It delivers on every level: price, performance, quality and reliability and by combining this with Mimaki’s cutting heritage in the trusty CF2-1218RC flatbed cutter, the potential for creating live packaging proofs is vast. I’ve no doubt that CAFRE will now produce even more highly qualified and uniquely experienced candidates for the food industry.”
For further information on the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise visit: www.cafre.ac.uk
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