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Essex company eyes Revolution with Kongsberg

Essex-based Revolutions Signs has purchased a Kongsberg X24 Edge digital cutting table from CMYUK to further enhance its service offering, following the installation of a Canon Colorado 1650 last year.

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Ryan Fairweather, managing director of Revolution Signs, says installing the Kongsberg X24 Edge to alongside the Zund Z3 has more than tripled its capacity

The company runs two UV flatbed printers, digital printers and the Canon 1650, but due to increased work volumes causing bottlenecks for the existing Zund Z3 digital cutter, this prompted the purchase of the new Kongsberg X24 Edge.

Ryan Fairweather, managing director of Revolution Signs, says installing the Kongsberg X24 Edge to run alongside the Zund Z3 has more than tripled its capacity, vastly improving production speed and efficiency.

“It became quite obvious that we needed to divide workflows so that you have truly independent working areas, each with a production technician that can print, cut and pack without crossing over each other,” Fairweather says. 

“It would have been easier to have gone down the Zund route because we’re familiar with the technology – we’ve been working with them for 15 years.

“But when we were looking at the capital investment we were thinking of spending, the Kongsberg gives us scalability. It does 10 x by 5 sheets, as well as 8 x 4 sheets, so that allows me to grow.”

Previously Revolution Signs was using Prepare-it! print-to-cut workflow software from Zund.  However, when it took on the Kongsberg, it switched to the i-Cut sign printing software for automated prepress processes, workflow automation and eliminating workflow bottlenecks.  

“It’s definitely a great improvement on what we were using, and saving a great deal of time,” Fairweather says. 

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