The Bigger Printing Company says it is ahead of the curve with its investment in a Canon Océ Colorado 1640 with UVgel ink technology.
Based in Cheltenham, Bigger Printing is a large format specialist printing company working with a host of national and international brands including H.R.Owen, University of West London, SOHO Coffee Co. and SCI-MX Nutrition, producing a range of high-quality print solutions.
Launched last year in 2017 the Colorado 1640 with its UVgel is a unique printing process where liquid ink turns into gel droplets the moment it lands on the media. This prevents the ink dots from merging, or spreading, so the printer can deposit more ink in few passes (resulting in drastically reduced printing times). This innovative process also decreases the volume of ink required for prints - by up to a substantial 40% when compared to eco-solvent or latex printing.
According to Bigger Printing the durable, colourfast technology delivers excellent aesthetics, and a wider colour gamut than other print processes, creating brighter, vibrant prints, with precise sharp dots. UVgel prints are cured instantly by the latest UV LED technology, providing odourless prints which are instantly ready for finishing and installation.
“We’ve been looking forward to having UVgel printing in our production facility since we became aware of the technology - and it certainly hasn’t disappointed” says operations manager David Bowen at Bigger Printing.
“We are now able to produce prints on roll media much quicker than before, at a lower cost, with a tougher print solution, producing more vibrant imagery, while being better for the environment! We appreciate that our clients are facing tougher demands on their budgets and deadlines, and UVgel printing is just one step for us to supporting our clients even further.”
Such has been the success of the integration of UVgel into Bigger Printing’s workflow, the company is planning further investment in UVgel later in the year. Canon has already announced that its Colorado series is to feature additional products and has hinted at a 3.2m version coming soon.
“The way that the industry is changing, it’s vital we are able to turn around orders quickly, while keeping running costs low. We’ve found our clients have been really impressed with vibrancy of the UVgel prints, and really appreciate how incredibly robust they are.”
Here is a video below showing the printer being set up and ultimatly running at Bigger Printing:
Established in 1991, Bigger Printing currently employs 9 members of staff, and offers a range of print technology including UVgel, UV curable flat bed and roll, and latex solutions on posters, banners, boards, vinyl and wallpaper projects.