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Sound Control Services continues to block out the noise!

Sound Control Services continues to block out the noise!
 Sound Control Services in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire has installed an EFI VUTEk Pro 32r from CMYUK.

This 3.2m wide roll-to-roll LED printer replaces Sound Control Services’ EFI VUTEk QS 3200 hybrid printer, and its capabilities have already attracted new work opportunities for the company

Jim O’Shaughnessy, Owner and MD, Sound Control Services, explained: “We’ve definitely branched out because we’ve really had to justify buying a printer of this calibre. With this new machine, we can do so much more, and it has presented us with more application possibilities. It’s opened up a whole new world.”

Sound Control Services provides a wide variety of acoustic solutions including panels, foam, blankets, baffles and vibration damping materials for customers operating in the education, corporate, community, industrial, marine, media and military sectors, since it was set up by O’Shaughnessy, who was previously an acoustics engineer, back n 2003.

The company works closely with architects and developers, and, as well as offering off-the-shelf products, it also develops its own certified solutions, which are built in the UK.

Five and a half years ago, it purchased an EFI VUTEk QS 3200 printer to help it to cope with the growing demand for branded acoustic wraps, which up until this point were being outsourced.

O’Shaughnessy continued: “We weren’t really that bothered, as we’re not printers, but because our construction clients kept asking for printed acoustic building wraps, we decided to delve into the whole printing process a little more, and this directly led to the purchase of the VUTEk QS.

“We produce large volumes of architectural products such as ceiling suspended panels, noise reduction baffles for use in large spaces such as gyms, halls and lobbies, and wall panels, but now we’ve also got the ability to print on the fabrics that surround these items – the Pro 32r produces really fantastic prints at very high quality.”

In addition to new projects, the VUTEk Pro 32r has set the company up nicely for panel refurbishment work, not only for existing clients but also for customers who originally bought panels from elsewhere.

O’Shaughnessy enthused: “We can rewrap in the customers’ own corporate colours and graphics. We’re doing a job at the moment for a customer that had some acoustic panels installed but then got taken over by another company that wanted to rebrand them with its corporate colours. We brought the panels back here, and then printed them to include specific RAL colours,”

This work has encouraged Sound Control Services to extend its operations to include new applications such as corporate fit-outs, something O’Shaughnessy describes as ‘a natural evolution’.

He added: “This seems to be one of the directions that we’re taking. We’ve had those sorts of enquiries from our existing customers. Once they know you’ve got a printer of this calibre then different requests start to come in that we certainly wouldn’t have had before.”

 The company decided to replace the EFI VUTEk QS-3200 largely due to its age but was committed to remaining with the VUTEk brand and CMYUK for its service and support.

The EFI VUTEK Pro 32r is a 3.2m wide printer designed to facilitate higher productivity. A four-colour machine with a white ink option, it uses cool cure LED technology that reduces operating costs and also comes with a slitter option that automatically cuts material to any designated size within its 3.2m maximum width.

“Continuing with CMYUK also seemed the natural way to go,” opined O’Shaughnessy. “The support we’ve received is very good and it’s reassuring to know that EFI VUTEk printers are reliable, high-quality machines that are widely used. We really liked the QS 3200 and the way it operates and obviously, the Pro 32r is a big step-up, but all we ever print is fabric and a dedicated roll-to-roll system is absolutely perfect for us.

“It certainly helps to have a wide format printer, because it gives you more scope. You can put multiple separate images next to one another and print that way, or if you need a super-sized image, you can just tile everything together. It’s just fantastic!”

Sound Control Services buys its inks from CMYUK and has recently begun to use PONGS materials. In addition to vivid colour reproduction, stability and ease of handling, PONGS materials are recyclable and offer additional enhancements such as inherent FR, acoustic properties and microbial treatments, which all serve to make them perfect for use in public, educational and healthcare settings.

Sound Control Services had enough acoustic work to keep it ticking over during the first Lockdown, and by last September, it began to get very busy again. However, the installation of the Pro 32r in April this year shifted the company into another gear altogether.

O’Shaughnessy concluded: “We’ve not even really advertised the fact that we’ve got a new VUTEk printer but the news has leaked out through word of mouth.   While our existing customers have been keeping us very busy, we’re always looking to develop new products and are very interested to explore the PONGS range further. Right now, we’re very aware of the new opportunities that are coming our way, and will be following up on them as and when they arrive.”

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