Seeing increased demand for its products

Orchard Melamine boosts efficiency with Titanium cutter

(L-R ) Orchard Melamine's Ben Chamberlain with Peter Flynn from IGS
(L-R ) Orchard Melamine's Ben Chamberlain with Peter Flynn from IGS

Orchard Melamine Products has invested in a Titanium 2516 cutting table to eliminate a finishing bottleneck that has occurred due to increasing demand for its printed and manufactured melamine products.

Since the Titanium was installed by supplier International Graphic Supplies (IGS) in early January, Stamford, Lincolnshire-based Orchard has seen its production times fall dramatically, while it has also reported minimal waste and sped up product lead times from order to delivery.

The family-run business, which was established in 1964, has a strong international customer base in the promotional, catering, and retail markets. Last summer it started to look into optimising the efficiencies of its manufacturing process.

Director Ben Chamberlain said: “As demand continues to increase for our products, especially in the USA, we knew that further investment was needed.

“After speaking to International Graphic Supplies and other cutter manufacturers, we decided to investigate the Titanium solution further.

“We visited a Titanium customer close to our office and were able to seamlessly cut and test our own materials. This gave a true reflection on how this digital cutting technology would drastically increase our productivity, together with consistently achievable precision.”

The IGS team managed the installation and training, including optimising Orchard’s Onyx workflow, which drives six Mutoh wide-format printers.

The Titanium 2516 features a high-resolution registration camera that ensures the cutting of printed jobs accurately to register.

A range of speciality tools supplied with the device offer speed, power, and the flexibility to handle a variety of materials, such as cork, corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, textiles, wood, Dibond, and a wide range of plastics.

IGS managing director Peter Flynn commented: “At IGS, we are always delighted when we help growing companies such as Orchard Melamine Products realise their production capabilities through the introduction of our digital flatbed cutting technology.

“Since the Titanium 2516 system was installed, Ben and his team have quickly come to realise the huge benefits and versatility the investment offers and are embracing their new technology.”