While looking to invest in a flatbed printer to reach new markets through direct-to-substrate printing, Sign Architects managing director Yusuf Rab headed to the Sign and Digital UK exhibition in Birmingham in April 2019 with the intention to meet up with i-Sub Digital who had invited the Essex-based sign maker to explore the range of Agfa Anapurna flatbed printers. Impressed by what he saw, Mr. Rab invested in an Agfa Anapurna H1650i LED, a hybrid UV LED inkjet printer with integrated roll-to-roll system for indoor and outdoor applications.
Predominantly a sign maker specialising in 3D built-up letter signs for SMEs - but offering a wide variety of signage products - Sign Architects has plans to reach a broader range of customers to expand its business into the new decade.
"To do that we need the right kind of equipment: the right CNC machines and the right printers," explains managing director Yusuf Rab. "Printing directly to substrates is the direction our customers are heading in, and we saw a gap in the market that we could fill.”
Sign Architects has reported 100 per cent growth each year since it was established four years ago - and intends to continue the trend with help from this new Agfa printer investment from expert wide format system supplier i-Sub Digital.
The 1.6m wide-format printer combines rigid board and roll-to-roll printing with a maximum media thickness of 45mm and a print width of 1650mm, making it a hugely versatile and productive solution for Sign Architects. Agfa Asanti RIP software drives the printer and offers excellent colour control, functionality and workflow capabilities. Along with Agfa's UV ink technology, the Asanti RIP software achieves an extremely low ink usage, reducing Sign Architects' production costs dramatically.
"Since installation in June, the Agfa Anapurna has been getting busier and busier," says Mr. Rab. "We - and our customers - love the vibrancy of the colours, the UV element and the speed of production. It offers a different service to our clients and also makes our jobs easier, as it removes the numerous vinyl application steps in the print room which in turn improves our ability to produce jobs faster for our clients and increases our profitability.”