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Super-Wide Digital exceeds expectations

Super-Wide Digital exceeds expectations

One of the UK’s leading large format printers, Super-Wide Digital (SWD), has added an Agfa Jeti Tauro H3300 LED press to its line-up of superwide format inkjet printers, which was installed last September. Now, the company admits that it vastly underestimated the benefits its new machine would confer on its established print business.

Founded in 2000 in Bacup, SWD is a family business that’s used wide format 3.2metre and five-metre wide digital printers from the very beginning.  It’s also a company that has steadily grown in size over the past 20 years to become, arguably, one of the largest trade printers of its kind in the UK. As an experienced print provider with a highly skilled and loyal workforce, SWD majors on the quality of its output and the level of customer service it can offer. It specialises in the production of high volume large format work and consistently invests in new equipment and technology to ensure its customers benefit from the very latest innovations. So, when it decided to invest in an Agfa branded engine for the first time, it was a compliment indeed to the Agfa product offer.

SWD’s Luke Drogan (pictured right above) explained: “We visited Agfa in Antwerp at the global launch of the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED in 2018 and were immediately impressed by the resolution and output of the machine used in the demonstrations. However, when we ultimately installed the Jeti Tauro and put it through an initial testing process, it consistently exceeded our expectations, which was a great bonus.

“We recognised three immediate benefits. The first was the impressive level of quality achieved even when operating at high speed. The second was the coverage capability of its high-speed white ink and thirdly, the primer feature that enables us to print on to materials that are usually difficult for inks to adhere to. The Jeti Tauro was a press that we hadn’t desperately needed, but is now one that we definitely can’t do without!”

The Jeti Tauro H3300 LED is a hybrid UV LED wide-format press that facilitates manual, continuous and automated feeding of both rigid and flexible materials. It includes 60 fast-firing Ricoh Gen 5 printheads, each with four nozzle rows offering two colours per head. The Jeti Tauro’s optional Master Roll-to-Roll system, of which the UK’s first is installed at SWD, additionally allows for the use of jumbo rolls weighing up to 750kg each in both single and dual lane print modes.

Luke revealed that just three months following installation, SWD has already created a number of new products, simply by experimenting with the new Agfa machine. Indeed, it has mastered the production of double-sided self-cling window graphics printed colour-white-black-white-colour, which means that output can be printed in one-pass and read correctly both ways, without any show-through! For brands that require very accurate colour representation of their corporate identity, SWD has also printed directly to powder-coated metal sheets using the Tauro’s abilities to print with a primer and a strong white underprint. Pushing the boundaries with these new product solutions helps the company to stay ahead and, in particular, to assist creative clients operating within the markets they serve.

Bobby Grauf, Inkjet Sales Manager at Agfa UK & Ireland, (pictured centre above) commented: “Working with industry leading companies such as SWD is key to the continuous development, manufacture and supply of cutting edge technology. The global success of the Jeti Tauro range illustrates that more and more sign and print companies are looking to diversify and differentiate. To profitably achieve this they require maximum flexibility and up-time, combined with the lowest output cost and Agfa has the answer in the form of the Jeti Tauro H2500 LED (2.5m hybrid) and Jeti Tauro H3300 LED (3.3m hybrid).”

SWD is primarily a trade print supplier that produces huge volumes of work with all finishing processes also completed in house. Its lean 40-strong team works from a 50,000 sq.ft site based north of Manchester. It’s the fourth building the company has occupied since it was established and each new facility has been commensurately larger in order to accommodate the growing business. Today, in addition to its new Agfa Jeti Tauro H3300 LED SWD also uses 1.6m and 3.2m wide Latex roll-to-roll printers, two dye sublimation machines, two additional 3.2m hybrids and four five-metre roll-to-roll models. This level of capacity is a key USP for the business as it provides very generous contingency options. Should a machine fail, there is always another that can pick up the work, which reassures customers who depend on fast turnaround times.

With the speed of its machines and the capacity to complete higher volumes of work than most 24-hour printers, SWD ensures that jobs are completed with the minimal fuss and when extra large print requirements do arise, it does not negatively affect its day-to-day business, which includes the production of exhibition graphics, in-store and interior displays, modular display systems and bespoke lightbox fabrication for clients operating in the event, retail, construction and interior design sectors.

Luke concluded: “There is no doubt that Agfa’s Jeti Tauro H3300 LED has made a great initial impression on the team – so much so that if our Print Manager, Tristan Haslam, (pictured left above) had his way, he would put all of our work through it, which is testament to Agfa’s technology, service and support!”

The Jeti Tauro H3300 LED will be one of several wide-format solutions that Agfa will be showing at this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo (Hall 5, stand D10), which will be held in Madrid 24th- t -27th March 2020.

 

For further information on SWD, visit: www.superwide.com

 

For further information on Agfa’s wide-format product portfolio, visit: www.agfagraphics.co.uk

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