Rexx Announces New Direct To Film Transfer Systems

The new Rexx-DTF – direct to film transfer systems – are easy to use and are available from entry level A4 size through to an automatic 60cm wide solution, allowing anyone to cost-effectively create a digitally printed transfer, which can be applied to a vast range of products and textiles.

These include cotton, polyester, nylon, spandex, leather and many more via a heatpress. Added to this, users can achieve incredible opacity even though it is a thin, soft flexible film.

 

The printing ink system is water-base, which is printed onto a special PET film after which there is the application of a powder PU adhesive, creating an amazingly bright, soft and durable transfer. The ease of use and incredibly economical consumable costs that the systems exhibit give it many advantages over paper-based laser systems and many other existing solutions.

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2021 Promotional Product And Sublimation Trends – Part 1

The main benefit of promotional and sublimated products is personalisation and customisation. This is increasingly important in a world where people want to stand out and post their unique products all over social media. 2021 will see a combination of bestsellers continuing to remain popular, as well as a demand for more eco-friendly products. This article appears in Sign Africa Journal. 

Jaco Pretorius, Senior General Manager, JG Electronics

2021 Promotional Product And Sublimation Trends

What are the biggest promotional product and sublimation trends for 2021?

Personalised and reusable shopping bags have been popular for a number of years, but these could be even more so this year, especially with retailers like Woolworths recently banning plastic shopping bags and people looking for trendy or unique reusable ones.

There are different types of fabric that can be sublimated as well as different shapes.
Wooden products remain popular and there has been an upsurge in these products because you can custom design them and cut them to shape and size. Coffee mugs are still popular and are one of the bestsellers on the market. New ideas are frosted glass two-tone mugs. Chrome and gold or metallic mugs are also in demand. It is a tough economic climate and people are looking to save money and for cheaper solutions, which means we will most likely see a cheaper range of consumables and equipment available in the market. With people losing their jobs and looking for income opportunities, we could also see more people entering this industry, which is a start-up friendly one. This is a good thing as this will bring more innovation and diversity to the market.

What are the main considerations when producing these items and for people wanting to take advantage of these trends?

Before you get into this industry, you have to do your homework and make informed decisions. Look at who your market will be – are your products aimed at entry-level, mid-market or high-end clients? Once you have figured this out, you need to do costing. If you sell a mug in a wealthy area for a low amount, they might think it is low quality, while people in poorer areas might consider that item at that same price as expensive. You need to cost accordingly.

Also source the correct products for your market – cheaper products for entry-level clients and more high-end for corporate clients. However, that does not necessarily mean you should buy the cheapest products available, because even entry-level consumers also want quality and the best value for money. Cheap printers can have colour issues and inaccurate colours will prevent you from giving customers good quality and accurately printed products.

Quality, unique and eye-catching designs will also give you an advantage over competitors, so do a design course if necessary. Producing products is easy; producing good quality and eye-catching designs is more difficult. Anyone can download a photo from Google and print it onto something. Firstly, this is not necessarily legal, and secondly, this will not be a product that will set your business apart from competitors. Product training is also crucial. It does not matter if you have been in the printing and signage industry for years, sublimation printing is different and you need training on the finer details.

What main products do you offer to produce the trendy items you mentioned?

Muggit Sublimer printable acrylic: the product prints well, yet can also be bent into practically any shape or form – becoming soft and pliable with the application of heat, and without damaging the print. Almost anything that can be done with standard acrylic can be achieved with this product, including laser cutting, with the added benefit that it is printable on both sides. When decorating with sublimation, the print goes into the substrate and is thus extremely hardy. It is very difficult to damage the product under normal wear and tear conditions.

Sawgrass SG500: this is the only desktop printer designed for sublimation. With low start up and running costs, users can create customised products with vibrant HD images – quickly, easily and profitably. It features a compact footprint and rugged reliability. In addition to design improvements such as a single roll-bar, the SG500 is more energy-efficient, prints with higher resolution and offers Wi-Fi connectivity.

Multi-opaque paper: when printing on dark T-shirts, traditionally it has always been difficult to get something that is durable and that is not going to crack or fade after about 15 washes. The only way users could get a better print before was to use screen printing or a high-end DTG machine. With multi-opaque paper, users can print directly onto the paper. Once they have printed it, they can can kiss cut it with a vinyl cutter that has an optical eye, which will trace it and cut out the finer details, and press it onto the shirt. The product can be printed with inkjet and laser. The end product is durable and does not crack as easily.

www.jgelectronics.com

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Asif Sidik, Managing Director, Stixo Signage Supplies

2021 Promotional Product And Sublimation Trends

What are going to be the biggest promotional product and sublimation trends for 2021 and what are the main considerations for people wanting to take advantage of these trends?

The quality of the product is paramount and you need to ensure constant product availability to fulfil the demand.

What main products do you offer to produce the trendy items you mentioned?

We offer mugs for sublimated branding as well as key rings, sublimation transfer paper and heat transfer tape. We will be adding a full range of sublimation blanks as well.

www.stixo.co.za

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Jordan Steinbach, Manager UPrint SA

What are the biggest promotional product trends for 2021?

2021 Promotional Product And Sublimation Trends

With people becoming more conscious about their impact on nature and polluting our planet, eco-friendly products are going to be a major trend. Popular eco-friendly promotional items include stainless steel water bottles, as well as printing on glass and ceramics. Also consider using extremely durable and reusable plastics for promotional items, and anything that can be reused many times in a dishwasher.

Companies are also becoming more conscious about their carbon footprint, so consider this when offering your products to corporate clients – there is an opportunity to produce eco-friendly gifts for companies who will appreciate the positive impact on their brand. There is a huge drive to reshape the way the world is doing things – like considering our environmental impact – and many people are getting on board with it.

What are the main considerations when producing these items and for people wanting to take advantage of these trends?

Make sure to research whether the products you are using are sustainably produced, durable, can be recycled and what the eco-friendly credentials are. Take advantage of highlighting your sustainable product offerings on your website. You can also look at becoming a supplier of eco-friendly products. Importantly, make sure you are living up to your eco-friendly branding by giving back to the environment in some way.

What main products do you offer to produce the trendy items you mentioned?

Chemicals range: these are transferred onto mugs, stainless steel bottles and flasks, glass and ceramics, and can be used to brand in full colour and wrap around. Once the chemicals are cured and fused, they seal themselves and turn into a solid, like paint. So once they are sprayed onto the product and they fuse, they do not pollute the air and harm the environment.

Eco-friendly products: bamboo products include flash drives, cups and straws and these can be printed in full-colour. The stainless steel straws, available in thin and thick sizes, are portable and reusable and users can do a full wrap-around print on these. Our products are dishwasher-proof on glass, ceramics and stainless steel because of the chemicals we use. It is the combination of the printer, chemicals and paper that produces the best result. The printer gives results and the chemicals seal the result.

We are working on mug printing at a faster and more efficient rate by using a sublimation mug press to print on a standard mug. We did a very large double-sided print on a mug and are going to be releasing that onto glass, so you can print on glass, sports bottles or stainless steel products, all on a mug press, with no sublimation coating. Water-slide paper is available to do this but it is extremely expensive, where alternatively, a UPrint system produces items faster and that are much more durable.

www.uprintsa.co.za

Chemosol Combination Solutions Ensure Smooth Printing Operations

Chemosol’s sublimation and direct-to-garment printing solutions include innovations for users to achieve optimum results and grow their businesses.

Epson Surecolor SC-F100 – coming soon

• Produce sublimated products with outstanding quality, colour and durability.
• Designed for hard surface imaging, custom merchandise and small-format fabric.
• Incorporates Epson’s latest PrecisionCore® Micro TFP printhead technology.
• Epson UltraChrome™ ink ensures consistent output with superior image quality.
• Economical operation with low power consumption and refillable tank system.
• Print on inexpensive A4 media using common Win/Mac graphic and photo software.
• Oeko-Tex™ certification ensures garments are safe for adults, children and infants.
• Supplied as a complete package with media, ink and driver software.

It is easy to operate with a tilting display and integrated help, uses inexpensive A4 sheet media that is supplied in packs of 100 sheets and includes a convenient tank system that uses cost-effective bottle-based refills. Additionally, Epson dye-sublimation ink provides an enhanced gamut and brightness over traditional four colour sets.

Epson Surecolor SC-F500

This is Epson’s first 610mm wide dye-sublimation paper printer. It was developed to help promotional houses, photo labs, clothing producers and copy shops increase customer choice through flexible and high-quality printing. This combination deal includes a CY-G2 heat press (38 x 38cm) and a CY-022 mini mug heat press.

Rotary Heat Press SOT-1220 (1220mm transfer width oil drum)

This is designed for roll-to-roll or piece by piece transfer with continuously consistent results from start to finish. The press includes Auto Tracking System. This combination deal includes an Epson Surecolor SC-F6300 (1118mm wide paper width) with Epson Edge Print RIP and start-up inks.

Epson Surecolor SC-F7200 (1625mm wide paper width)

The machine includes Epson Edge Print RIP and start-up inks. The combo deal includes a Rotary Heat Press SOT-64 (1630mm transfer width oil drum), designed for roll-to-roll piece by piece transfer with continuously consistent results from start to finish. The press includes Auto Tracking System.

Other solutions include:

– Epson Surecolor SC-F2100 direct to garment printer.
– SpraJet Pre-Treatment System for DTG.
– CY-G3 heat press (40 x 50cm) with auto-release.

For more information and specials, click here.

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Kornit Installing Solution For Pigment-Based Fabric Production

Print-on-demand business models and pigment-based production are both effective means of reducing water use and empowering fashion brands to align with international sustainability imperatives.

Kornit Digital announced that Italy-based Creazioni Digitali, a print service provider to some of the most prominent names in high-end fashion, is installing the Kornit Presto S with Softener Solution for rapid, pigment-based production on demand involving multiple fabric types in any quantity.

In addition to sublimation and acid and reactive dyes, Creazioni Digitali was the first textile provider to bring pigment printing to Italian fashion houses. In addition to providing more eco-friendly production processes, a shift towards pigment-based production is key to their expansion and industrial plans for 2021 to 2025.

‘We believe eco-friendly, pigment-based printing offers a wealth of possibilities for high fashion, and selected the Kornit Presto S based on its ability to deliver brilliant, high-quality imagery using the broadest color gamut, without need for pre and post-treatments,’ said Roberto Lucini, owner and CEO of Creazioni Digitali. ‘We intend to grow our business as brands see what this technology can do, with the old calculations of quality versus responsible production practices giving way to a new landscape in which you can truly have both. This installation is one of more to come.’

‘Creazioni Digitali is a recognised leader and innovator in Como, arguably the epicentre of the modern fashion world,’ said Chris Govier, KDEU Managing Director. ‘They have established that sustainable, durable pigment impressions provide a genuine path forward for the most demanding of retail markets, and Kornit is proud to be their technology provider on the new frontier. Regardless of the fabric involved, the products they’ll be empowered to offer will look outstanding, feel right and maintain their character, while buyers can rest assured they meet the highest possible standards for safety and sustainability.’

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Video: Sublimation Tips And Tricks

In this video, JG Electronics discusses tips and tricks when it comes to sublimation.

These include:

– Sublimation is preferable to a laser printer.

– Stay 1cm from a mug’s handle, top or bottom when sublimating.

– Glass items need to be pre-heated.

– Temperature and time need to be accurate – this is followed by a demonstration of results of different combinations.

 

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Sharp NEC Display Announces Tiered Solutions For Digital Signage

Sharp NEC Display Solutions has introduced the MultiSync® Message Series large format displays for impactful digital signage.

Featuring displays from the ME, M and MA series, the new portfolio provides an ultra-high definition and commercially focused display lineup optimised for digital signage applications while also containing modular expandability to allow the flexibility to give different customers the solutions they need to make an impact.

‘The multisync message series sets a new standard in the industry for professional signage displays,’ said Ben Hardy, senior product manager for large format displays for Sharp NEC Display solutions. ‘We reimagined our portfolio to align with the quickly changing needs of the market and our customers. This lineup introduces new and exciting features to our mainstream signage category that gives customers a valid step-up approach across the portfolio based on their pains and needs for their particular application. We made it a point to listen to customer feedback to design a lineup that solves their problems and these products are built to help maximise the visual impact and effectiveness of digital signage.’

ME series

Introduced in December, the ME series is the ideal large format display with all the features needed at a cost-conscious price point. By maintaining the expected high-end quality of NEC products, the ME series is a reliable mainstream digital signage display that can support both landscape and portrait orientations while also allowing individuals to customise their displays to fit their applications and needs through intel® smart display module (SDM) or the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The ME series furthermore contains full external control capabilities through LAN and RS232C, allowing for full compatibility with NEC NaViSet Administrator 2 software as well as other third-party control systems.

M Series

The M Series steps up the benefits by including all features of the ME Series, but allowing for 24/7 runtime capabilities along with including a 500 cd/m2 anti-reflective, high haze panel and integrated ambient light sensor to optimise visual impact and clarity depending on different inroom lighting conditions. All M series products also include a full metal chassis, carrying handles and integrated cooling fans, allowing for easier installation, a more ruggedized feel and greater insurance of maintaining consistent image quality through extended applications.

These displays are available in 43, 49, 55 and 65-inch sizes and are ideal for hallway signage in a higher education facility, a welcome sign in a corporate office or for presentations in a corporate boardroom, among a variety of other applications.

MA Series

The MA Series takes professional display possibilities to new heights with Wide Color Gamut and anti-reflective panels combined with NEC’s proprietary SpectraView Engine. This colour management technology was originally developed for NEC’s color-critical desktop monitors and allows for complete and professional color control, while behind-the-scenes luminance stabilisation technology ensures the display has a consistent image output for a longer period of time compared to traditional commercial displays. This allows for a unique level of colour precision and accuracy to be achieved for vivid and impactful messaging and a more impressive digital signage experience. The MA Series is available in 43, 49 and 55-inch displays.

A key feature of the MA Series is its robust connectivity selection and expanded daisy chaining capabilities with 8K support. All MA Series displays have the ability to daisy chain the HDMI or DisplayPort signals and with DisplayPort, customers can have the choice between using SingleStream Transport (SST) or Multi-Stream Transport (MST) via the DisplayPort 1.4 out connections.

This feature is particularly attractive for industries such as quick-serve restaurants, where the MST functionality can be used to showcase up to four separate but simultaneous image streams, such as an entire menu board, from a single source. MA Series displays have full input detect functionality that allows the display to be programmed with a failover possibility should the primary source go down. They also include an integrated feature called Multi Picture Mode, which allows customers to show four simultaneous sources on one screen to maximise data efficiency and lower the proposed bill of materials that would otherwise call for expensive additional hardware.

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Metamark Polyester And Translucent Films Used In School Signage Project

An inventive illuminated wall sign supplied by Lincoln-based Venture Signs to Welton St Marys School really brightens up the school’s reception. It also makes a point that there is still scope in the field of signage for an inventive approach to design and construction.

Illuminated signs of old relied upon bulky sources of illumination such as fluorescent tubes. If a compact light source was needed, neon may been drafted in, closely followed by its various alter egos, including expense, technical obstacles, high voltages and unfashionable raw materials. Today’s illuminated signs though can benefit from more compact sources of illumination.

The team at Venture Signs went the modern route in providing its school signage with an appropriate source of modern illumination. LEDs beat at the heart of its reception sign. The LEDs are surface mounted and pre-spaced on flexible strips. Power to the LED strips is supplied through a low-voltage driver, which also happens to incorporate an RF receiver so various aspects of the sign’s lighting can be remote-controlled.

The physical construction of the sign is based around 8mm thick clear acrylic. The elements are machined to form three interlocked circles. Each of the circles takes a bite out of its neighbour and all are mounted on the same plane.

The face of each circle carries an element of the schools logo. The design detail is printed upon Metamark MD-CR Metamark’s optically clear print receptive polyester film. The LED lights are diffused through a layer of Metamark MDT translucent film.

Light and acrylic behave in interesting ways together. Light will bounce around endlessly within a sheet of acrylic, exit where it finds a point of interference and impart an almost animated combination of highlights and contrasts within the mass of the acrylic itself. Venture Sign’s construction really capitalises this on these effects.

It is always said that the foundation of great design nods towards contrasts and there is little that contrasts quite as well with its surroundings as an illuminated sign. Modern construction techniques and modern sources of illumination mean that lit signage can now be used in venues that would once be out of bounds because of the physical dimensions of the signage or the cost. Venture Signs’ work for St Marys makes the point that illuminated signs belong on a great many more shopping list these days.

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Caldera Launches Latest RIP Software Version For Digital Cutting And Printing

CalderaRIP Version 14.1 has been developed to enhance digital cutting and printing.

According to Caldera General Manager Samin Sarkar, CalderaRIP is a powerful solution that can seamlessly integrate into any printing and cutting environment, allowing users to drive several print and cut peripherals with just one licence. ‘As always, this new version focuses on customer success and performance and is driven by user needs across a wide range of printers and applications.’

Included in the upgrade is a range of new features that have been designed to improve accuracy and expand users’ capabilities in digital cutting and printing. PS and EPS file processing is also enhanced with a 10 percent speed boost for faster and more efficient workflows.

The improvements to the PS and EPS workflows are provided by the new embedded PS2 PDF engine, which is powered by Adobe PS Converter. The result is a 10 percent speed gain and, working in combination with the Adobe PDF Print Engine, the new version of CalderaRIP ensures coherent, reliable and scalable PS and EPS workflows and high-quality results.

Additional features of the new version include the support of new M1 chip on macOS platforms and improved accuracy across a variety of applications. The Print Standard Verifier module has been updated to embed the latest Idealliance textile standards, allowing users to check the conformity of prints against international standards for colour consistency. Idealliance professional standards and specifications are widely recognised across the graphic communication industry.

Accuracy is the holy grail of digital printing, and CalderaRIP Version14.1 provides a new algorithm to generate NColor linearisation targets for the X-Rite i1iO3 with the i1Pro3 Plus spectrophotometer. The resulting accuracy gains are perfect for applications that require a wide colour gamut, such as packaging or textile printing. Used in combination with the RIP’s state-of-the-art colour management tools, the X-Rite i1iO3 and the i1Pro3 Plus deliver colour-optimised workflows.

Working with Barbieri Electronic, Version14.1 now supports the Sensing Unit of the TotalColor qb Textile Edition spectrophotometer – an innovative device that helps to avoid measurement errors caused by distorted charts. According to Stefan Barbieri, CEO of Barbieri Electronic, ‘The ease of use of our instruments from within Caldera EasyMedia manager was always a key to success for effective inhouse media calibrations, and therefore guaranteed colour accuracy across media. This new addition extends that to the textile printing industry, which needs to continuously calibrate various fabrics.’

Version 14.1 also aims to improve accuracy of cutting and trimming workflows with the support of Summa’s OPOS Xtra feature, which helps to calibrate the cutter locally, increase the alignment methodology for smaller stickers and ensure an accurate cutting process at all times, even on deformed or shrunk media. This feature is available for all Summa cutters benefitting from this option, including the new Summa S One and the S2 series, as well as the HP Latex Plus cutters — all supported by V14.1.

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EFI Solutions Implemented To Grow Print Operation

The EFI Quick Print Suite is the industry’s first solution for worry-free, web-enabled digital printing and business management. 100% hosted and modular, the suite is designed for quick print service providers, in-plant printers and commercial print shops.

EFI MarketDirect StoreFront is a web-to-print solution designed to power print businesses online. With simple intuitive tools, and support for a wide range of products and applications, users can grow with their business and sell more online.

EFI PrintSmith™ Vision is the affordable print management software solution that understands and automates print operational processes in franchise shops, small print shops, print-on-demand and in-plant facilities, including print estimating, production, accounting, sales management and e-commerce.

Newly launched service provider Kapture Marketing in Rogers, Arkansas, is efficiently operating and driving automation for key tasks using the Quick Print Suite business and management production workflow. The company’s new suite consists of EFI™ PrintSmith™ Vision MIS software and EFI MarketDirect StoreFront web-to-print/e-commerce capabilities deployed together to manage and automate a robust and integrated marketing and production services operation.

The firm, which opened its doors in early January, offers the full creative services of a marketing firm with the additional capabilities of print production as well – including but not limited to rebranding, design, direct mail and printed signage. According to Kapture Marketing CEO Andi Pratt, ‘We bring together everything from marketing, design, execution, and analysis to help small to mid-sized companies, such as independent real estate agents and teams, rebrand and market themselves. These companies provide services as good as their larger competitors but might not be able to justify using an agency. We fill that gap to help them succeed.’

After reviewing possible software solutions to manage the business, Kapture Marketing selected the EFI Quick Print Suite. ‘Selecting the right software was critical to quickly get our company on its feet and ensuring that our operation remains efficient as we grow,’ said Pratt. ‘The thing that sold us on EFI was the tight integration of PrintSmith Vision and MarketDirect from ordering through shipping for productivity and ease-of-use.’

The suite, especially with its web-to-print capabilities, has helped Kapture Marketing establish an immediate foothold with clients around the nation. ‘At one month in, we already secured real estate clients from California, New Hampshire, Georgia, North Carolina, New York,’ said Pratt. ‘We’ll expand into new markets with more customers, but for us, customised online portals with efficient production, shipping, and business management are critical.’

Currently, Kapture Marketing is finalising some of the personalised online storefronts for clients while setting up MarketDirect StoreFront’s SmartCanvas design capabilities and deploying ShipExpress, an automated multi-carrier shipping automation component for the suite. ‘Simultaneously implementing these systems was the right decision for us,’ said Pratt. ‘It was possible because these packages are so tightly integrated.’

The company has been able to drive efficiencies from the start, with Kapture Marketing’s experienced team using the integration between MarketDirect StoreFront for web-to-print and the PrintSmith Vision MIS used to handle estimating, scheduling and billing. ‘Our orders have automatically appeared in PrintSmith Vision in a seamless process from our online portals, starting the day we switched it on,’ according to Pratt.

Kapture Marketing will also deliver integrated, fulfillment capabilities with the suite’s ShipExpress multi-carrier parcel shipping management solution. ShipExpress simplifies parcel shipping and management tasks, including the management of a variety of shipping providers. Just as important, the software will also allow Kapture Marketing to be more accurate in tracking expenses, as ShipExpress provides shipping costs in real time, feeding that data, along with tracking numbers, into the PrintSmith Vision MIS.

Kapture Marketing will drive efficiency even further by using the Fiery DFE to integrate its Ricoh printer into the suite workflow. That way the company can quickly route web-to-print jobs through Fiery prepress tools, creating print-ready files ready for the digital press’s print queue. ‘We don’t expect this to be difficult because of the Fiery DFE,’ said Pratt. ‘All the vendors have their versions out there, but our production team realizes that Fiery is the easiest to use. It just flows with the way you think.’

Pratt is excited for the future and how Kapture Marketing is setting itself apart in its comprehensive marketing offering. The company puts in the personal work with clients needed to create the most-effective, strategic branding, and campaign initiatives. And, with its highly automated production workflow, the company can stand apart in its ability to execute its clients’ plans quickly and smoothly, from online design and submission through production and delivery.

‘Being able to offer our clients the ability to pull the trigger on campaigns and order direct marketing drops, signage or any other branded materials they need via online ordering is crucial,’ she said. ‘We must then quickly produce and deliver what they order with high quality and rapid responsiveness using a small team. Our integrated workflow from EFI helps to make all of that possible.’

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Zünd Cutter Easily Incorporates Into Upholstery Business’ Workflow

3C Group’s textile or leather covers are cut to size on state-of-the-art cutting equipment. This includes the latest digital cutting technology from Zünd, for maximum production flexibility and waste efficiency. A Zünd G3 L-2500 cutter was recently commissioned at the 3C plant in Krupina, Slovakia.

One of the goals was to sustainably increase cutting capacity. Franz-Wilhelm Walter, a member of the company management and responsible for the areas of production and IT, said, ‘Increasing capacity was one of the objectives of this investment, which was incidentally achieved. More important was and is the fact that Zünd cutters can be very easily incorporated into existing workflows. This is an important factor in our highly networked and integrated production cells. We also haven’t had to adjust our planning structure in the slightest.’

The initial spark for the investment, however, was provided by another issue, namely the handling of sensitive data. In the course of digitisation, all templates have also been digitised and are stored digitally on local servers (proven technology). This has the great advantage that analogue stencils no longer have to be stored. The question now arises as to the correct, i.e. secure, interim storage of this data.

About this Walter said, ‘We have had intensive discussions with those responsible at Zünd about the correct handling of sensitive data. Their cutting solutions have an open system architecture. On the one hand, this has the already mentioned advantage of their easy integration into existing workflows. However, this also means that Zünd does not give us any specifications when it comes to data handling. This is an enormously important point for us. In short, we were looking for a partner who ticks similarly to ourselves. And we wanted a partnership based on stability. We found both at Zünd.’

However, the fact that those responsible for cutting technology chose Zünd was also due to the cutting systems themselves as well as production reliability and availability. About this Walter said, ‘The Zünd G3 Cutter is also convincing across the board in the area of machine reliability. The same applies to the quality in cutting and its overall productivity – combined with low demand for consumables and wear materials. And last but not least, we have experienced very professional project support from Zünd and have the highest confidence in their competencies.’

The 3C Group from Rheda-Wiedenbrück – the heart of the German upholstered furniture industry – is one of the largest suppliers of upholstered furniture to the German and European furniture trade.

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