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Sign up systems streamlines finishing with Genesis V cutter

Wide Format Solutions

Nottingham based Sign Up Systems has invested in a Blackman & White Genesis V flatbed digital cutting system from i-Sub as it looks to speed up its finishing process, diversify its work and produce new products.

The company, which started out providing aluminium systems for the signage and graphics industry, first diversified into print in 2016 when it invested in a dye sublimation machine and a 3.2 metre UV roll to roll system. A few years later it installed further large format printing equipment – a move which opened up a host of potential new avenues, but also left the company needing to upgrade its finishing options.

‘Finishing was definitely the bottleneck in our business,’ explained Sign Up Systems’ managing director Jon Bromhead. ‘We could print a lot of work; we just couldn't finish it. We realised that what we needed was that missing link ­– and, as it turned out, that was the Blackman & White Genesis V cutter.’

Jon and his team were initially in the market for a used cutting machine, but quickly realised that only a new one would meet their needs. Then followed a conversation with the UK Blackman and White graphics' distributor i-Sub and it was quickly confirmed that the Genesis V system would provide the best option.

A subsequent demonstration on the system confirmed the Blackman and White Genesis V was the best solution and offered everything and more Sign Up Systems required, allowing for further growth and opportunity.

Jon stated, ‘Due to the pandemic, we felt it was better to go with a machine manufactured in the UK. It offered a better price point too, so seemed to be the right fit for us. We put the machine through its paces before we purchased it, running some tests using different substrates and cutting tools. We were happy with the results and decided to go for it!’

The Genesis V, which arrived in Nottingham in early June 2021, has a maximum cutting speed of 1200 mm per second and can cope with materials up to 50 mm thick. Tool options allow cutting, creasing, routing, v-cutting and cardboard engineering which enables Sign Up Systems to finish packaging and marketing materials as well as branded workwear for staff.

Jon explained, ‘It allows us to offer much more when it comes to print as finishing is key to the final product. It gives us a bigger product range and helps us to diversify as well as allowing us to finish and produce a lot more products in-house.

‘Rigid board, banner, paper, vinyl, fluted board, display card, textile, composite materials finishing and more mean we can now look into completely different areas that we couldn't even consider before; there are so many possibilities, we have only just scratched the surface of what it can do.’


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