Vehicle Livery Services has just installed its second Epson SureColor SC-S80600 printer (supplied by Papergraphics), which the company says is testament to the results achieved with the first that came in 18 months ago.


“In our opinion the Epson SureColor SC-S80600 printer is the most advanced machine in its class to date,” says Greg Saunderson, managing director of VLS. “The printer is very user friendly, easy to clean, prints instantly with no head issues such as banding or head misfiring. The inks are so dynamic it can almost print on any material we test. The ink cure/drying rate is super quick for a solvent ink which has many advantages.”


VLS was set up 11 years ago to provide police and emergency service livery. Today it designs, produces and applies livery kits to over a quarter of the UK’s police force, including crash repair panels. Other sectors are Chapter 8 Livery (referring to the UK Department for Transport/Highways Agency Chapter 8 of traffic signs manual), plant machinery, patient transport and fleet. 




The 14 strong staff use the Epson printers for all the work from printed text to full vehicle branding. 


“The 1,440dpi print quality is superb and consistent. We can match almost any Pantone (it covers 98.2% of Pantone colours) or RAL colour (the European colour matching standard which defines colours for paint, coatings and plastics) and the legibility of small text or fine detail in prints is excellent. It is really important for us to have confidence in the consistent output of this machine,” says Mr Saunderson.


For its applications VLS doesn’t use the white or silver inks much but the red, orange and light grey in addition to the standard CMYK LC-LM ink sets, allows it to print very vibrant reds and oranges on specific reflective materials that gives the company a stand-out advantage over competitors.


Although the first SureColor SC-S80600 was supplied with the standard Onyx RIP this time it has upgraded to the Onyx Thrive RIP for additional processing speed and production workflow improvements.