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Profit through packaging

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Profit through packaging

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As a company in its relative infancy, Stockport-based Image2Print has been producing signage, stickers, pull-up banners and posters since its inception some four years ago.

However, with over twenty five years collective experience in the packaging reprographics arena, its core speciality remains the production of packaging prototypes and mock-ups.

In common with any growing business, success is often the result of the correct equipment purchases. For Image2Print, such acquisitions have included Canon and Roland roll-to-roll printers, a UV hybrid printer for use on rigid material and, most recently, a CNC cutting table from AG/CAD.

Explaining the rationale behind the acquisition of the latter, Director, Mr. Foulkessaid: “Increasingly, we were being asked if we could produce packaging prototypes on various boards and flexible substrates, while we also noted that there was a definite demand for cutting and creasing expertise, especially as it seems that some companies who can offer this service have limited printing and reprographic experience knowledge, while others are handicapped by the quality of their machines. We thus spotted a huge opportunity and set about finding an appropriate solution.”

He continued: “We selected the DYSS cutter from AG/CAD as the machine that offered the best overall package at a cost that was affordable for a small business, such as ourselves.  The result is that we can now offer a complete packaging service to customers, as well as our printing service. In fact, we have doubled the turnover of our packaging department since installing the DYSS machine. This is because its capabilities and flexibility enable us to complete a wide variety of jobs that we would have previously been forced to turn away. We are also expanding our customer base as a result of the purchase.”

Image2Print was particularly impressed by the robust build quality of the DYSS cutter and its engineering excellence with Mr. Foulkes reporting: “The DYSS build quality is far superior to other machines in the same class and the attention to detail is excellent, as is evidenced by the design and construction of the cutting head, which is machined from a one piece billet of alloy and finished to a very high standard.”

Image2Print is now producing prototypes and small batch runs of between one to 50 on substrates such as FBB, B-Flute, E-Flute, Foamex and specialist boards, for applications that include everything from frozen food and cereal boxes, through to intricate cosmetic packagingand POS material for the lager supermarkets, where precision and accuracy is vitally important.  For all of these projects and more, thecutter’s multi-head tool station can be configured for use with a reciprocating knife, drag knife or a kiss cut knife and a creasing wheel in any configuration. Additionally, in certain circumstances, the very high accuracy of the AG/CAD K-Cut Vision camera system enables jobs to be cut and creased from the reverse side of the board.

He went on to say that the combination of the K-Cut Vision System and the knife tools is also excellent, enabling the company to cut and crease samples with remarkable speed and precision, adding: “Wehave found the K-Cut Vision system very easy to use and highly accurate. The customer feedback on the quality of the cutting and creasing has been extremely positive. and are now able to deliverthe high quality samples that are needed for us to win the new business that has been such a major factor in our recent growth. Furthermore, since the AG/CAD machine is supplied with 3D software, we can also now create a 3D image of a design before making an actual sample. It has been invaluable asset to our business.”

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