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FASTSIGNS Gloucester finds its cutting edge

FASTSIGNS Gloucester finds its cutting edge
FASTSIGNS Gloucester has installed a Kongsberg X20 Edge from CMYUK. This new digital cutting table will enable the company to bring most of its work in-house as well as help it to access new markets and revenue streams.

Set up 14 years ago, this Fastsigns franchise is a family-run business. The team includes Dave, Carolyn and Laura Riddell, Jamie Douglas and George Mason. It offers a vast range of signage and printed display solutions for the construction, manufacturing, education, healthcare, housing, retail, events and exhibitions sectors.

The company’s decision to acquire a digital cutting table was brought about by the demand for greater speed and efficiency. Fastsigns had looked at a variety of cutting options from several manufacturers but a timely e-shot from CMYUK regarding a Kongsberg X20 Edge digital cutting table made enough of an impression for Dave and Carolyn to press pause on another cutter that they had been seriously considering.

In recognition of the fact that often it can often be difficult for smaller businesses to take time out of the working week for an equipment demonstration, CMYUK offers Saturday appointments. Taking advantage of this unique service, Dave and Carolyn were both able to visit the CMYUK demonstration and training facility in Shrewsbury to evaluate the X20 Edge.

Dave remembered: “We were both impressed by the X20 demonstration and could see the productivity gains the Kongsberg table offered and the added value it could bring to the business due to its capabilities and versatility.”

The X series of Kongsberg cutters offers futureproofing to business owners as its capabilities can be upgraded, allowing them to add extra tools as and when they are needed, thus underpinning the continued growth of companies that invest in this type of technology.

Fastsigns Gloucester’s X20 purchase included a router, rigid material blade, kiss cut blade and diamond polishing bit. The equipment was also configured with a camera registration system that ensures the most accurate cutting, folding and engraving even on the most complex of jobs.

The X20 Edge is ideal for businesses that are relatively tight on space. It has a working area of 1680mm by 1270mm and a conveyorised belt option facilitates the cutting of panels/materials larger than the physical bed.

One of the reasons for purchasing the X20 Edge was Fastsigns Gloucester’s desire to bring much of its work in-house. For example, a third party had traditionally supplied some of its most popular products, such as acrylic letters and panels. However, now these can easily be produced in-house and, at the same time, the company can also offer more ambitious and innovative products to its customers too.

Dave explained: “We’ve many customers who have requirements we weren’t aware of and we hope that having the Kongsberg will help us to open up more opportunities to supply different products. We want to service our loyal customers much more comprehensively. The Kongsberg is not only about making things faster – it’s also allowed us to offer contour cutting shapes and letters that we couldn’t do previously. We’re currently undergoing training on-site and this is helping us to formulate so many different ideas and additional possibilities for the business.

“Going forward, we’re aiming to increase our overall sales and profit on products that we used to subcontract and items that we used to fabricate by hand, further improving on quality and shortening lead times.

“Working with CMYUK has been a really positive experience. We know if we need support or advice they are only a phone call away and are eager to help us expand our production horizons in any way possible.”

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