By Rhys Handley, Friday 08 June 2018
CP Arts will swap out one Agfa wide-format printer for two, in a deal that includes the UK’s first Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, as it spends the summer updating its capabilities.
Approaching the end of its term with an M-Press Leopard digital flatbed printer, Exeter-based CP Arts is expecting the delivery of a Jeti Mira MG2732 3.2x2.7m-wide LED flatbed at the end of June, soon to be followed by the new 3.3m-wide roll-to-roll/flatbed hybrid Jeti Tauro H3300 LED in August.
By replacing the older Leopard with two new machines, CP Arts aims to both bolster its output with clients nationally using the Tauro and utilise the Mira as a support machine that can also help the POS manufacturer start working for more local businesses.
Sales director John Skudder said: “Since we moved into digital, we have been getting really good feedback from our customers and this just takes us to another level.
“The Mira will aid on a smaller scale than the Tauro, but the reason we have taken on two digital machines is because adding the M-Press had an impact on our work far larger than we ever expected.
“Now, we run most of our jobs digitally and have been looking for more backup and support. We have seen what comes off these machines and the quality and fine detail are very good, it is a significant print quality improvement and helps reduce our costs too.”
Unveiled at Fespa last month, the Jeti Tauro H3300 can print at speeds up to 453sqm/hr in a variety of loading modes – manual, master roll-to-roll, semi-automated and fully automated. It can be configured with up to 60 Ricoh inkjet printheads, with 48 in CMYK and 12 in either white or white and primer.
Agfa’s Mira MG2732 is capable of up to 248sqm/hr. Both machines use LED curing technology which represents a "move forward" for CP Arts, according to Skudder.
CP Arts is now leaning further into the digital side of its offering, though it continues to offer services on a variety of screen printing equipment.
Skudder said that the firm would look in the near future to bring in another digital cutter to join the Esko Kongsberg it already has onsite.
CP Arts employs 32 members of staff on 2,415sqm premises and turns over £2m.