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Revolution Signs invests for the future

Revolution Signs invests for the future
Essex-based Revolutions Signs has installed a Kongsberg X24 Edge digital cutting table from CMYUK that follows its purchase of a Canon Colorado 1650 last year.

“Covid has been quite an interesting learning experience from a business owner’s perspective,” said Ryan Fairweather, MD, Revolution Signs. “It really focuses your energies on your business. We have been busy ever since we returned from the first lockdown because we’ve got a wide and varied mix of clients, which we’ve made a deliberate attempt to achieve so that we don’t have all our eggs in one basket.”

The company runs two UV flatbed printers, digital printers, and a Canon 1650. However, increased work volumes were causing bottlenecks for the existing Zund Z3 digital cutter, which prompted the purchase of a Kongsberg X24 Edge from CMYUK.

Explaining his choice of supplier, Ryan said: “I like the way CMYUK runs its business. I admire its ethos and energy. I have always wanted to do business with it and it’s good to work with nice people.”

Revolution Signs’ client roster means that it handles high volume throughput as well as premium projects, including marketing suites and internal fit-outs. Installing the Kongsberg X24 Edge to run alongside the Zund Z3 has more than tripled its capacity, vastly improving production speed and efficiency.

Ryan continued: “It became quite obvious that we needed to divide workflows so that we have truly independent working areas, each with a production technician that can print, cut and pack without crossing over anyone else’s working space.”

Revolution Signs opted for the Kongsberg X24 Edge because of its versatility and price point. Ryan observed: “When we were looking at the capital investment we were thinking of making, we decided that the Kongsberg would provide us with the maximum level of scalability. It processes 10 x by 5 sheets, as well as 8 x 4 sheets, so that allows us to grow.”

For the way that Revolution Signs works, both the Kongsberg and its existing Zund cutting tables required full integration into the workflow, and the ability to communicate with one another. Accordingly, it decided to use the powerful i-Cut sign printing software designed for automated prepress processes, workflow automation, and the elimination of workflow bottlenecks.

“It’s definitely a great improvement on what we were previously using, and saves a great deal of time,” Ryan reported.

Sustainability is a major initiative at the company. As well as adopting lithium-ion battery-operated forklift trucks, it has also installed solar roof panels with the aim of becoming entirely self-sufficient power-wise by 2025.

The installation of the Canon Colorado 1650 is part and parcel of this eco-drive. Able to print both a matt and gloss finish, independent of media, lamination is not required, thus reducing the company’s use of PVC-based material.

The Colorado printer has a reputation for the production of speedy high quality, printed wallpaper and Ryan opined that: ”It’s fantastic for this application and I can see that we’ll soon be buying a second one!”

Revolution Signs is using textiles from the UFabrik ECO range for its wallcoverings. This range, which is globally exclusive to CMYUK, is made of yarn that is produced from single-use plastic waste.

Ryan added: “This is another area where CMYUK is a very good partner because it is able to provide a lot of advice on new sustainable materials especially those that enable eco alternative solutions, which it obviously cares a great deal about.

“Sustainability is an issue that we get asked about more and more. Historically the sign industry hasn’t been the greenest, so we want to take a lead. It’s really become a personal choice for me.”

 During lockdown Revolution Signs has taken on two new staff members, both from larger print companies – the collateral damage of COVID-19.

Ryan concluded: “My main focus is really on the sustainability side of the business and keeping staff in a position where they are in a safe, stable, and fulfilling working environment that has potential for growth if and when opportunities present themselves.”

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