Council grant helps fund Mimaki flatbed printer

February 05, 2015

Signs & Labels Hereford Ltd. has recently purchased a Mimaki JFX200-2513 from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG) with the aid of a £10,000 business development payment from Hereford & Worcester Council which went towards the machine’s cost.

The company, which was founded in 1999, is using the Mimaki flatbed to open up new markets due to its ability to print direct to substrate onto a vast array of materials including glass and wood.

The company supplies a wide range of solutions for the sign and display market, including all types of signage and banners, pop-up displays as well as a full vehicle livery service – from design through to installation. Until recently, the firm produced all of its output on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format print and cut machine, but last year the company began the search for a new printer to sit alongside the Roland machine and help to expand its service offering.

Having reviewed all the options available in the market, the company finally came down in favour of Mimaki’s JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer, which enables the firm to print 8ft x 4ft sheets up to 50mm thick.

The deciding factor in selecting the Mimaki machine was the LED lamps which, according to Signs & Labels company director John Hughes, are not only cheaper to run than traditional UV lamps but also give off less heat – thereby reducing media warping on substrates such as Corex.

“The Mimaki is an incredibly robust and flexible flatbed printer that has reduced our production times greatly. We no longer have to mount vinyl onto rigid substrates, thereby enabling us to target new markets by printing directly onto a wider variety of materials, from mirrors through to metals, plastics and wood,” he says.

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