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A smooth transition for Stewart Signs

A smooth transition for Stewart Signs


Vehicle graphics specialist and general signmaker Stewart Signs is the first UK company to invest in an EFI VUTEk 3.2m GS3250LXr Pro dedicated roll-to-roll wide-format six-colour printer that incorporates LED ‘cool curing’ and greyscale technology.

Formed 50 years ago and based in Eastleigh, Hampshire, Stewart Signs has progressed steadily from producing signs and displays using traditional skills, including screenprinting, through the acquisition of a series of roll-fed wide-format printers. Its latest decision to invest was prompted by its need to upgrade its production capabilities to include newer flexible ink technology and faster throughput, while maintaining its 3M MCS Warranty.

Although the company manufactures a broad range of general signs and displays, it has become renowned for its production of vehicle graphics and liveries, a specialist market sector that demands the highest quality and excellent durability.

Stewart-Signs-1For many years, Stewart Signs had been using solvent-based wide-format printers for its wide-format production but Tom Bates, the company’s Production Manager, explained: “When we decided to invest in a new UV printer, a major consideration was our need to produce applications that met the requirements of the 3M MCS (matched component system) Warranty. Fortunately, the EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M SuperFlex UV Ink guarantees the flexibility and durability we can offer our customers, a level of performance that is essential when producing vehicle and fleet graphics, where both the adhesion and elasticity of the inks are vital to the success of the end application.”

Although quality and speed were, of course, also essential criteria, Tom Bates states that he was very impressed by the power savings and overall green benefits offered by the VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro printer’s LED lamps. Recent energy assessments carried out by FOGRA have revealed energy reductions of up to 82 percent when compared with that used by equivalent mercury arc lamp curing.

Simon Casajuana, Territory Manager, UK South, at EFI commented: “The combination of the versatility of the VUTEk GSLXr 3M SuperFlex UV ink, the power savings and the overall low cost of ownership has made the VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro the ideal machine for Stewart Signs in its transition from solvent-based production to more environmentally friendly printing. Vital to the company was the combination of productivity, quality and consistency, plus proven reliability and performance, and this dedicated roll-to-roll LED wide-format printer ticks all of the boxes.”

Tom Bates concluded: “We always review new equipment, looking at overall effectiveness in terms of productivity, quality and consistency and the VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro was the machine that came out on top on all counts. It’s our job to make our customers look good and to make the process painless and naturally, we value suppliers that do the same for us!”

The VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro is a dedicated roll-fed 3.2m wide printer that benefits from the latest LED technology, high flexibility inks, precision colour accuracy and superior output quality. It is part of EFI’s growing wide- and superwide-format LED portfolio, which now boasts more than 250 installations worldwide.

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