Print and sign company One Sign & Digital has invested in a new Agfa Anapurna 1650i LED Hybrid printer supplied by i-Sub Digital.


One Sign & Digital operates from a 10,000 sq. ft office space and manufacturing facility in Gateshead. The company’s in-house production capabilities include a broad range of large format digital printers, covering the key technology areas of solvent, latex and UV.


The company originally purchased a UV machine around five years ago and this opened up a range of new and exciting applications for the firm. The recent acquisition of the Agfa Anapurna has taken that to another level. 


According to Chris Timmins, the founder and owner of One Sign, the Anapurna - which was installed in late 2018 - has already had a huge impact on the business. “It is faster and more reliable than the machine we were using before, as well as outputting vastly superior quality graphics,” he says. “Our previous machine produced an 8x4ft graphics board in 22 minutes. The Agfa can do this in 8 minutes! As a result, we are able to produce more work and our operators are more productive as they are no longer having to wait extended periods for printing to finish. This has already had a positive impact on our turnover and profitability.”


Mr Timmins is also impressed with Agfa’s Asanti RIP software that drives the Anapurna. “It offers excellent colour control, functionality, and is more of a workflow than a simple RIP as we were used to previously.  Along with Agfa's UV ink technology the Asanti RIP software enables extremely low ink use, reducing our production costs dramatically. These improvements and many more have made a huge difference to our workflow and our ability to meet deadlines and grow the business,” he says.