Océ 480GT helps ScreenTec to expand
Enhancing productivity and expanding its portfolio of services are priorities for ScreenTec, the Welsh manufacturer of branded and customised printed products, which is why it recently invested in an Océ Arizona 480 GT printer from Canon.
Inspired by the success achieved with its existing Océ Arizona 350 GT, which has underpinned its transformation from a traditional screen printer to a multi-purpose print company, ScreenTec purchased the new Arizona 480 GT to help it to boost both output capacity and pave the way for potential new revenue streams.
The company, which is looking to further strengthen its position in both the point-of-sale and industrial print markets, was attracted by the Arizona 480 GT’s capability to produce multi-layer specialist applications, including window graphics.
Harry Palmer, ScreenTec’s Sales Director, explained: “Digital wide format printing has galvanised our business, increasing the speed and range of applications we can offer to our customers. Further investment in UV wide format technology was the natural next step and when researching the various machine options on offer, we just couldn’t look past Canon and its Océ Arizona solutions, which have served us so well. Thus, selecting another machine from the Océ Arizona stable was an easy choice for us to make.”
Two key drivers for the company when choosing its new machine were the reliability of the technology and Canon’s back-up service. With competition high during times of economic uncertainty, sign and print companies are having to be more meticulous than ever when it comes to selecting the right supplier and product to help them move their businesses forward.
Harry continued: “I have learnt from experience that it is absolutely vital to have a machine that is dependable and that will provide you with minimal downtime. That may sound obvious, but the complete package is not always there. Machines do need servicing now and again, but it’s critical that the supplier provides efficient support and service to ensure any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively to minimise downtime. The Arizona 350 GT’s reliability, coupled with the service and support provided by Canon, has been the cornerstone of our recent business growth, as it means we never have to say ‘no’ to a customer or let them down.”
Canon’s Océ Arizona 480 GT offers remarkable application versatility and productivity, while maintaining the uncompromising print quality favoured by Canon customers. It features speeds of up to 32.8m2/hr with eight independent ink channels capable of dispensing varnish for decorative gloss effects, a double opacity white option and two additional channels for cyan and magenta (CM2) for smooth production printing.
Elaborating on the appeal of the new machine, Harry added: “We will be able to meet growing customer demand for shorter runs, with high quality applications more cost-effectively and with a speedier turnaround thanks to the high throughput and batch-printing mode. Meanwhile, the opportunities afforded by the additional channels have already attracted interest from our customers, including the option to produce specialist applications such as window graphics. We will be inviting them to the factory as soon as the new printer arrives, to demonstrate what it could mean for their businesses.”