Ad Bell Sign Systems wowed by consistent colour
Harrogate sign and graphics company Ad Bell Sign Systems has started the year with its first Epson printer, the Epson SureColor SC-S80600 ten-colour solvent inkjet system. It has replaced a latex model and the result has won acclaim from its car wrap designer customers who are impressed by the punchier vibrant colours now being achieved.
“We approached Perfect Colours, who sell a range of large format equipment, and they recommended a move to Epson and we could not be happier with the results,” said Managing Director Simon Bell. “They gave us objective advice and introduced us to a user. The printer is easy to operate and does what it says but the key is that the colour match to any Pantone reference is spot on every time.”
In March the company will be wrapping a truck that will feature Astro Turf, so the vinyl must accurately match that green and AD Bell is now confident that this can be done very easily. Typically, it takes an hour to an hour and a half to print the vinyl for a car wrap and anything from eight to 12 hours to fit it onto a vehicle. Company branding and contact details are also often included, so colour match and legibility is very important to its customers.
Simon Bell continued: “A big advantage is that Epson supplies its own manufactured printheads and inks so you are not constantly recalibrating and the colour never varies as you switch between ink suppliers. We have used both solvent and latex inks in the past but this is the best technology we have had to date in terms of its quality.”
The company specified the SC S-80600 with an Onyx RIP. This particular printer uses Epson’s Micro Piezo TFP printhead and, for the black and each of the colours, there are 360 nozzles applying ink from the 700ml ink tanks. The ten colours for this printer are from the UltraChrome GS3 range, which provide a 1,440 x 1,440dpi resolution.
In addition to car wraps, Ad Bell also provides window graphics, interior display and exterior fascia signage, working a flexible 8.30am to 5.30pm day. Simon Bell who describes the vehicle wrapping market as enjoying ‘steady growth’, concluded: “Having the technology that makes your customer go ‘Wow!’ when they see it is so pleasing and that really is what we are enjoying now.”
Perfect Colours, which supplied the printer, is an award-winning supplier of large format printers, consumables and servicing. It has headquarters in London, together with offices in Watford and Sheffield and a distribution centre in Kent.
For further information on Ad Bell Sign Systems, visit: www.adbell.co.uk
For further information on Perfect Colours, visit: www.perfectcolours.com
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