Client demand for fast turnarounds without compromising quality has prompted Digital Factory to beef up its in-house production facilities with a £1.7m investment.
Cyrus Norton has grand plans to double Digital Factory’s £2m turnover by 2021 and central to them are new Durst P10 200 and Durst Rho 312 systems.
For the Managing Director of the Farnborough, Hampshire, wide-format specialist, the new digital inkjet printers are the final stage of a £1.7m investment that supports a move to grand format production.
The spend included a move to purpose-built premises last March: “I set up the business in 1998 with a partner in his garage. Over the years we have grown into bigger and bigger premises. Since I took over the whole company I have been looking at ways to continue this growth and decided a move to new premises would help us take a fresh approach”.
“I wanted to create the best possible production environment. We have reviewed everything from order intake and planned workflow minimising human touchpoints to the fastest and most effective production solutions. The Dursts have been critical to that. They also allow us to enhance our grand format capabilities.”
The result is Cyrus expects the business to harness greater production capacity and double turnover in within four years – with minimal staff increase. He says: “Already the P10 200 has doubled output and Rho 312 is at least 65% faster. It used to take us two hours to run two rolls of wallpaper, now it is just 45 minutes."
The Durst Rho P10-200 flatbed printer was introduced in 2012 and is the latest addition to the P10 series, which consists of flatbed and roll-to-roll large format machines printing UV-curable ink.
The P10 is the first wide format industrial print line to feature 10 picolitre ink drops and includes Durst Variodrop technology. Variodrop technology can provide a significant performance boost, up to 25% according to Durst, and can boost output quality.
The combination of a 10 picolitre drop size and Variodrop position the Durst technology as a viable competitor with offset and flexo technologies. This allows Durst customers greater scope in applications and to provide services for a wider range of clients.
It also gives offset and flexo printers a digital printing option capable of producing common colour appearance across analogue and digital devices. This could add a whole new dimension to their businesses.
“The print quality, ease of use, speed and system build will help future-proof our business. We can enhance the quality of our work and increase our production capacity. They give us production flexibility,” Cyrus explains.
Digital Factory first installed a Durst P10 160 in 2012 and it was up to capacity within six months. To maximise the quality and productivity Cyrus diligently reviewed the ink sets and substrates.
That is why he knew what he wanted when it came to choosing the Durst P10 200 2.0m wide UV curing 6 colour flatbed with white underscore and overscore and the Durst Rho 312 3.2m wide UV curing 6 colour roll-to-roll printer with white underscore and overscore.
Durst is one of a host of companies to have signed up to exhibit at FESPA 2017, from 8-12 May at the Hamburg Messe in Hamburg, Germany.
Leading names from the wide format industry will show the latest developments in machinery, software, printing materials and systems, consumables, finishing equipment and media encompassing screen, digital and textile print at the event.
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