Source invests in wide-format

By Max Goldbart, Monday 04 September 2017

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Source Graphics has reduced turnaround times and brought a number of processes in-house after a circa-£200,000 wide-format kit investment.

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Gage (left) and Albertella with the Comagrav

The Milton Keynes-based business invested in an Agfa Anapurna M2500i hybrid UV printer and a Comagrav Digi flatbed digital cutter and router, bringing the machines in at the start of this month, with both supplied by wide-format kit reseller Josero. The breakdown of the investment was not disclosed. 

Joining a Mimaki JV33 eco-solvent machine, the Agfa - the firm's first UV purchase, is bringing large-format wall print and direct-to-substrate (DTS) printing jobs in-house for the first time, according to Source managing director Russell Gage. A new 50sqm mezzanine was first constructed in order to accommodate for the new kit in a colour-controlled environment.

“We had been thinking about it for a while and at first it was just about getting the mezzanine sorted,” said Gage.

“We had a look at some others and Josero recommended this one and it was really the only one that we went and viewed that we were really happy with. We used their knowledge to see which one worked best for us.” 

The 2.5m-wide Anapurna, Source’s first at that width, can complete indoor or outdoor, colour or white prints on rigid or roll media at speeds of up to 115sqm/hr. 

“The size which we can print on means we don’t have to outsource large-format work, speed is quicker than the last one, and the instant drying times are good; we can get turnaround times a lot quicker,” added Gage.

“Demand has changed and everyone expects everything next day or same day now so turnaround times are very important.”

The 2x3.4m-Comagrav, which is being used alongside the Anapurna, is manufactured by Czech manufacturer Comac. 

“The Comagrav Digi goes beyond our original criteria by enabling us to produce high-quality acrylic cutting and engraving too,” added Source director David Albertella. 

Founded in 2003, nine-staff Source produces exhibition work and graphics for clients including Virgin Atlantic, Rightmove and the Ministry of Defence. 

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