Impression boosts productivity with wide-format and digital investment

Richard Stuart-Turner
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bolton-based wide-format printer Impression has invested more than £150,000 in a DYSS X7-1624C digital cutting table with Superhead and a Konica Minolta bizhub Pro C1070 digital press.

DYSS digital die cutter
DYSS digital die cutter

The 1.6x2.4m DYSS device, which was bought from AG/CAD for £95,000, was installed at Impression’s 465sqm premises in the second week of November while the Konica Minolta machine is being installed this week.

The X7-1624C has replaced a Kasemake cutting device, which has been part exchanged. The machine can cut and crease a wide range of material including folding boxboard, corrugated board, Re-board, polypropylene, plastics and Foamex.

Managing director Martin Lyons said: “Our Kasemake was a static flatbed whereas this has a conveyor table on it so it’s already had a big impact.

“In terms of general cutting of posters and other POS units it’s quicker to produce things and has better finishes than our previous machine. It’s increased our productivity by around 25%.”

The 71 A4 ppm Konica Minolta printer, which cost around £65,000, has been bought to complement the firm’s wide-format work.

“We’d had an older Konica Minolta machine in from the start of the company back in 2009 and had had our money’s worth out of it. The C1070 is a better quality machine and more reliable,” said Lyons.

“We will purely use this machine as a complementary service to our wide-format work. If we’re doing POS campaigns, having the digital gives us complete control where we can also do the A3s, the A5s and the A6s.

“We can produce, collate and dispatch it all in one go without clients having to go to various suppliers for small-format and large-format work.”

Impression has 11 staff and a turnover of just over £1.2m. It also operates two Canon Océ Arizona flatbeds and two Roland DG wide-format printers.

The company produces and installs a wide range of items including signage, graphics, event stands and vehicle branding for customers including councils, retailers, schools and colleges.

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