Coventry large format printer The Big Ink Tank has installed an Agfa Anapurna H3200 UV LED hybrid press and is already noticing improvements in productivity and efficiency.
It is a switch of suppler for the business, so the company needed reassurance before making the commitment to a new machine. Managing director Ty Power says: “It was a huge decision for us to change supplier having run only Vutek machines even before the conception of The Big Ink Tank.
“But we’d built the business to a place where we were looking to invest in a new machine, as opposed to secondhand, and all the benefits that can bring.”
It was a lengthy process, he explains. Over a year there were visits to other users and work to convince the operators that the company would not regret its decision. The team visited the demo centre at the factory near Antwerp to run trials and for pre installation training.
The Big Ink Tank was founded in 2009 by Power who had worked previously for Lithocraft, one of leading repro house in the Midlands for 20 years before that. The business has grown to a team of six and sales of £400,000. It has previously operated a Vutek QS3299 supported by Mimaki roll to roll printers.
Power says: “The Anapurna H3200i LED, at 3.2m wide is perfect for us and at an affordable price, but with my repro background it was the Asanti workflow that completely sold it to me. It’s just so intuitive.
“We appreciated the way Agfa dealt with the sale, there was no hard sell, their team just invested time to understand our business. And while it was a big decision, each day it proves to me that it was the right one both in terms of quality and the speed of support we get when needed.”
The company had been on Agfa’s radar but in a low key way before Tony Barr from Antalis recommended that The Big Ink Tank should look at what Agfa had to offer. This renewed the contact between the two, creating an understanding of what the business needed and culminating in the order for a machine adept at handling rolls as it is at printing on boards. The Asanti helps cope with the changing requirements of any time sensitive jobs, exhibitions in particular being needed precisely when stated.
“The Anapurna investment has certainly helped us to become more efficient and to offer a more environmentally friendly service. I think that the future trend in the market will be all about making environmental choices,” says Power.
“We’ve all seen the growing issues of plastic waste and I think that the board suppliers will start to come under pressure to consider the ecological effect of the materials we print on, especially materials that are used for short periods and then thrown to waste. Here at The Big Ink Tank we’ll be ready for this drive with our latest investment.”