To boost the capacity and variety of signage products it produces, Slam Signs has invested in a 64-inch Epson SureColor SC-S80600 wide format printer. The new printer, supplied by Papergraphics, joins a SureColor SC-S40600 which was installed two years ago.
Based in St Albans, Slam Signs is headed up by business partners David Jorge and Jodie Banfather. The company provides a complete design and print service, producing a variety of products including vehicle wraps, shop facias and signage, window graphics, banners, POS and pop-up displays.
The company’s new SureColor SC-S80600 features permanent Epson PrecisionCore TFP printheads with variable size ink droplet technology to deliver up to 1440 x 1440 dpi output. It enables Slam Signs to print on a variety of substrates including clear film, vinyl, canvas and photographic paper.
“In my view, the SureColor SC-S80600 is probably the best printer on the market today in terms of quality, versatility and engineering,” says David Jorge. “The 10-colour UltraChrome GS3 inkset, including metallic, red and white, means we can achieve accurate and consistent colours and hit the majority of Pantone colours. We don’t need to produce test prints to check colours – they are always spot on which saves us and our customers considerable time. The special red ink really delivers a bright, punchy effect which designers and ad agencies love.”
Alongside its wide variety of signage products, Slam has developed a reputation for its vehicle graphics service. “On average, we wrap about two vehicles a week and the SC-S80600 is the perfect printer for this because of the stunning quality graphics that it produces,” he says. “Vehicle wraps protect body work and are used for advertising and to create fun effects. We have some customers who will re-wrap their car a couple of times a year! While the graphics are long lasting, they like to have a bit of fun.”
“The design and build of this printer is impressive,”adds Jorge. “Installation and set-up was quick and simple and since then, because it is so reliable, it has been almost constant use. Wallpaper and wall coverings are a growing in popularity as retailers, designers and events firms see the potential and the quality of the results,” he explains. “The advanced auto-tension control system on the SC-S 80600 prevents substrate stretch and means that we can print drops that align with each other perfectly. That’s very important.”
Slam Sign’s experience with its new wide format printer shows why it has become Europe’s top selling eco-solvent technology in its class.