Ebbsfleet steps up with Acuity Prime purchase
Friday, May 13, 2022
Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions has traded out an ageing flatbed printer for a Fujifilm Acuity Prime 20.
Sam Cherry, managing director at the Kent-based signage specialist, told Printweek the upgrade meant a serious upgrade in speed for the firm.
He said: “It was four times as quick as the [printer] we had at the time, and we thought: ‘well, time is money’.
“We can churn out a lot more work in the day now, without losing any quality.”
The Acuity Prime, part of Fujifilm's 'blueprint' for wide-format, has allowed Ebbsfleet to feed print directly into its Summa cutting table.
It is this increase in speed, said Cherry, that will make the difference for the company.
He said: “It gives us the opportunity to go and get more work. A lot of things are last-minute these days - people always forget to order stuff.
“Now we’ve got the machine to cater for that last-minute sign that someone’s forgotten about without it causing too much drama.”
With the purchase, Cherry has now been able to send out one of his seven-person team to go out on the road to find business.
“We never had time for [that] in the past. Hopefully it’s going to grow and add a few more customers into the pot.”
The investment would have cost Ebbsfleet, which turns over around half a million pounds annually, £80,000 - but by trading in its old Mimaki JFX flatbed, the firm saved around £15,000.
The new printer’s footprint was only slightly larger than the JFX’s - so with a reshuffle of machinery, and the installation of a ceeform electricity cable for “a bit more of a kick”, the printer was ready to go.
Training staff on the new machine, Cherry added, had been positive - though understandably not cut-and-dry.
He said: “Obviously you can’t take everything in one go.
“But if you need anything, they’re always there to put us right or help us along. There’s a lot to learn on these things, especially the software if you’ve not used it before.”
The investment has been significant for Ebbsfleet, and may be its last for a little while.
Cherry said: “We’ve invested a lot of money in the last few years, to be honest. We’ve only got a small unit so we can’t really fit any more in at the moment.
“Who knows, if required, we might need another unit, or a bigger unit - but don’t run before you can walk.”