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Speedscreen future proofs

Speedscreen future proofs

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Speedscreen, one of the UK’s leading large format printers, which specialises in the production of posters, POP displays and signs has recently invested in a super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system as part of a  £1m investment program.

The company, which turns over around £3.2 million per year, is no stranger to cutting-edge technology, having been the first company in Europe to install the Durst Rho 1012 large format printer.

Managing Director Tim Hill explained: “We have experienced year-on-year growth of over 30 percent during the last 12 months, and we are striving to equal that this year with the help of the Kongsberg C64.Esko’s solutions are a key component of our growth strategy as they enable us to be faster, more responsive, and keep a tighter control over margins, while also offering our customers a more creative service.”

Speedscreen first introduced the Esko Kongsberg technology into its production platform six years ago with a Kongsberg i-XL44, but following its investment in the Durst large format printer, it required a larger finishing solution to keep up with production output and thus turned to its trusted supplier for an upgrade.

Tim Hill goes on to observe: “Not long ago, customers didn’t care what equipment you had, but now they expect you to invest in order to provide a better service. Accordingly, our recent investment strategy has enabled us to satisfy the demands of our current client base, whilst also attracting new customers too.”

Speedscreen’s investment also included EskoArtiosCAD structural packaging design software and i-cut Suite preflighting and workflow solution for large format printing, software solutions that help it to smooth out workflow, save design time and make the most economical use of materials.

Tim Hill revealed that another reason for selecting the C64 was the fact that it works with 3.210 mm by 3.200mm long materials, making it the perfect fit for use with large format printers.  He said: “The Durst printer massively increased our throughput, which lead to a bottleneck in finishing and although we looked at a number of options, the C64 was the only table with a full 3.2m work space; the others we considered offered two separate work spaces but were not able to handle a full 3.2m x 3.2m sheet. The Kongsberg is also engineered for heavy-duty performance and includes a powerful 3kw router, so it was an all round better solution.”

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