Big Ink Tank installs hybrid Anapurna
The Big Ink Tank in Coventry has become the latest Agfa customer to invest in the largest hybrid Anapurna H3200 UV LED wide format press.
Installed late August, the Anapurna H3200i LED, run by Agfa’s Asanti Workflow, is now bedded in and business owner, Ty Power, is delighted with his purchase.
'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 had built the business to a place where we were looking to invest in a new machine, as oppose to second hand, and all the benefits that can bring. Agfa truly appreciated that changing a supplier that was part of the culture of the business meant it had to get buy in, specifically from our production team, before any change would be made. To that end, it spent a full year working with us, taking us to businesses that had made similar decisions so that our team could ask the right questions and after endless demos and training sessions I placed the order. The Anapurna H3200i LED, at 3.2 metres 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 is just so intuitive! We appreciated the way Agfa dealt with the sale, there was no hard sell, its team just invested time to understand our business. And whilst 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 wide format hybrid Anapurna LED series is ideal for printers that want to combine board and roll to roll jobs. The engines print at a width of up to 3.2 metres and combine high print quality with high productivity for outdoor and indoor jobs. The machines are fitted with air cooled UV LED lights that save energy, costs and time and are ideal for heat sensitive materials. They also lead to a faster process as they can be switched on and off instantaneously. The Agfa Asanti software is a complete, automated wide format production hub that streamlines workflow, effectively shortening pre-press procedures.
Ty concluded, ‘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. We have 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 will be ready for this drive with our latest investment.’