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Peer reviews point the way to the HP Latex 315

Peer reviews point the way to the HP Latex 315

Signworks has taken delivery of a new HP Latex 315 print and cut solution following the months of research it spent on identifying the perfect printer, including hours of YouTube videos showing the print community’s opinions on the technology.

Cameron Philson launched Signworks in 2008, having been in the trade since 2003. Based in Moray, his customers range from independent business owners, to the local authority, to large renewable energy companies and typically, the company’s work includes retail signage, magnetic panels, banners, stickers and flat-cut letter signs.

As such, Signworks required a reliable, versatile wide-format printer to boost production speeds with little maintenance, to replace an older printer from another manufacturer, Additionally, as Cameron works out of his own home, the ideal system also ha to be compact. Remembering the months he spent researching the various options, he said: “I spent a lot of time on YouTube, listening to the reviews of different signmakers, which tend to be brutally honest, and they all said HP Latex 315 was a great machine.”

The HP Latex 315 combination print and cut solution was accordingly installed in August 2019 by authorised HP reseller Papergraphics. Since then, Cameron has added his positive review to the hundreds he had already discovered.

He continued: “Print is only a small part of my business so the printer is not used every day, but the HP water-based inks don’t’ dry up over a few days, which is very important for maintenance and start-up times.

“I also like the printer’s front-loading capability as this is a great space-saving feature, and the software, which enable me to integrate my existing files straightaway. You’re also guided through the printing process, which adds to its ease of use. It really is a fantastic machine – it does what it says on the tin.”

Signworks initially began using the HP Latex 315 for the production of banners and self-adhesive vinyl for application onto aluminium and PVC signs, but has since found the combination solution’s cutting feature, which is ideal for stickers and labels, to be an ‘added bonus’.

Cameron observed: “Previously I had to outsource sticker and label work to another business an hour away, who cut by hand, but now I can cut those while printing another job at the same time, and the barcode system for cutting is just perfect. The HP also serves as a back-up cutting system for my existing 600mm standalone plotter should I need it.”

He added that while the service from both HP and Papergraphics has been ‘fantastic’, he still takes to YouTube for any extra information or guidance he might need, explaining: “The tutorial videos on the HP Support channel are great, really helpful.”

For further information on Signworks, visit: www.signworksmoray.com

For further information on HP printers, visit: www.artsystems.co.uk

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