Gandy Digital moves to new manufacturing plant to increase efficiency
Friday, May 9, 2014
Wide-format kit manufacturer Gandy Digital has officially opened its new premises, which it said has increased its production flexibility, efficiency and automation.
The firm has a long-term lease on the new purpose-built 9,100sqm facility in Ontario, Canada. It relocated its manufacturing and product development functions to the new plant in October last year and was in full production by January.
It made the move to simplify the layout of the premises, reduce costs and improve productivity.
“We were previously based in Oakville, near Toronto, and are now in the town of Mississauga. We made the move to increase our efficiency. It’s easier to get around and everything works a lot better, we had a much bigger place before and everything was too spread out,” said chief exective Hary Gandy.
“We’ve reduced our costs dramatically and we can produce more so it will definitely have a big impact and we will be able to expand our range.”
The plant features a fully automated digital product feed system, which provides customers with live information for each stage of manufacturing, enabling them to closely monitor production progress.
It also has a fully equipped interactive demo room that allows customers to test Gandy printers using their own files and substrates.
“In the demo room we always have a machine that has just been completed so that customers get to see the latest version. It’s an interactive working atmosphere where we train customers and engineers and can also provide samples,” said Gandy.
“When the next machine is ready, that model is shipped out and the latest one comes into the demo room.”
The company’s product portfolio consists of a range of UV inkjet printers with flatbed or flatbed/roll-to-roll capability. These include Pred8tor, Viper, it’s most popular printer Domin8tor, which it introduced at Drupa 2012, and its new entry level printer Sl8te.
Gandy Digital will exhibit at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich on May 20-23 where it will take its Domin8tor and Sl8te printers.
The firm has also employed five new staff since its relocation to the new facility. It now employs around 50 people and has a global turnover of around US$40m.