Hollywood Monster is loving its new Zünd G3
The Birmingham-based sign and graphics specialist Hollywood Monster has once again turned to Zünd UK to help accelerate its production, in particular on a major contract with McDonald’s.
Originally established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Hollywood Signs and Monster Digital, two businesses with decades of visual communications experience, Hollywood Monster is probably best known for its work for major retail destinations, including Birmingham’s Mailbox Complex and the NEC’s many food outlets, plus Premier League football clubs, for which it has produced fascia and wayfinding signage, billboards, floor, window and ceiling graphics and much more besides.
In 2010, the scale of Hollywood Monster’s printed output created a significant bottleneck in its finishing department, which at that time relied on hand-cutting processes. The company thus decided that it was time to invest in a digital plotting table.
Mat Jephcott, Hollywood Monster’s Operations Director, explained: “We couldn’t continue hand-cutting all of our flatbed-printed output on materials such as board, Foamex and Correx, as our team simply couldn’t compete with the speed of the printers.
“We knew that Zünd was a leading brand, so we chose to install a Zünd G3 3XL1600 cutting system, which has been very reliable.”
When Hollywood Monster’s printing department put its foot on the accelerator again, following an investment in two new UV-LED wide-format printers earlier this year, the company returned to Zünd for additional finishing capacity, purchasing a Zünd G3 L3200 to work alongside the older G3.
The second machine is being used to help Hollywood Monster fulfill an ongoing contract with McDonald’s, which includes the production of around one-third of the interior graphics work for McDonalds’ restaurant refurbishments in the UK and Ireland. The new Zünd G3 L3200 is used almost exclusively for this work, which typically involves the production of wallpaper and interior signage.
Mat Jephcott continued: “The contract with McDonald’s has been in place for around four years but the new Zünd has enabled us to really open up the work. It’s the same model as our existing Zünd, but more compact, which is ideal for handling smaller rolls of wallpaper and vinyls, while the first Zünd processes rigid boards.
“The two machines use the same software so the team didn’t need training on a new system, but it was the reliability that really led us back to Zünd. It’s a brand we know we can trust. It was a no-brainer.”
Steve Rowbotham, Sales Account Manager at Zünd UK commented: “Hollywood Monster’s investment in a second G3 shows the versatility of Zünd’s modular design. Operators can use the software and ergonomic set-up that they’re used to, but select from a huge combination of options in terms of size, material handling modules, tools and hi-tech extras, such as the Over Cutter Camera (OCC), LM 100W Cut and Seal Laser Module for fabric, the RM-L 3.6kW router spindle or Automatic Router Bit Changer, secure in the knowledge that these modules can be changed or upgraded at any time, thus future-proofing their investment.”
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For further information on Hollywood Monster, visit www.hollywoodmonster.co.uk