Point of sale print specialist KEP Print Group has installed the UK’s first Genesis-V cutting table from UK manufacturer Blackman & White.
The high speed machine can cope with material up to 3.2 metres wide to match the output of DGI roll printer and both HP Site and Agfa wide format inkjet printers as well a Roland 900 XXL litho press. It has previously chosen Esko Kongsberg cutting tables.
KEP specialises in creative point of sale displays demanding accuracy and innovation in what is produced, frequently involving interactivity. “The Genesis V is ideal for our expanding cardboard engineering and POS division,” says Mark Plowman, managing director of the Tamworth business.
The company is aiming to expand this side of an operation that includes commercial print from three Roland sheetfed presses, as well as display print across a number of factory units amounting to 10,000m2 in all.
The machine is fitted with two crease wheels, a drag knife and cut through tool. The tool head is 30% lighter than previous versions and includes both driven and passive tools. It adds up to a high speed machine with a cut accuracy of 0.1mm on a wide range of materials.
“The versatility and speed of the machine – with its next-generation tooling options– means we maximise efficiency, as we don’t have to stop production as we change from drag knife to creasing wheel,” says Plowman.
“We also love the fact that Blackman & White’s machines are designed and built in the UK and its level of technical support is always excellent.”
Blackman & White produces its machine at a base in Essex, making it the UK’s only cutting table supplier providing equipment to aerospace, automative and marine sectors as well as print and display markets.
B&W managing director Alex White says: “It will be great to see point of sale structures up and down the high street and know that they have been cut on one of our cutting machines.”
This will include point of sale and marketing material in the 1,500 stores in the Lloyds pharmacy chain as KEP began to print for the business when it operated just six stores. It has also numbered expanding bakery chain Greggs among its customers.
By Gareth Ward