Mayday Graphic Products are pleased to announce the sale of the first Yotta 3.2m x 1.6m UV LED flatbed.
The largest such printer from the Yotta large format range, and the first with a bed size 3.2 x 1.6 meters to be sold in the UK. The machine was sold to large-format printer Universal Graphix which has become the first UK company to install a Yotta YD-F3216R5 LED flatbed, their first foray into flatbed printing.
Universal production director Mark Harrington highlighted its lower price point compared with similar machines on the market. Mark who initially found out about the machine during a conversation with a friend at the gym, said the time had come to invest in flatbed technology due to a recent upsurge in construction site signage work.
“We were looking at all sorts of solutions and costs as well as the sheer size of machines and really the Yotta ticked all of the boxes,” he said.
“From the floor space it takes up, its cost - and I don’t think there’s a sacrifice in quality there - I think it’s as good as any of the others that we saw."
“We do a lot of construction site signage and there are certain elements of the business that we can’t compete with against people that already do direct-to-media. We maintain our existing customers but now move into a different marketplace where boards are cheaper and hopefully that will turn into getting that work as well as more.”
He said: “Mayday and the installation guys have been amazing. We’ve only had it a few days but now she’s in production doing everything that she should do and we’re tweaking it to get it to go quicker through software and setup, with help from RSR, ensuring we can maintain quality at high speeds.”
Using Ricoh Gen5 industrial print-heads, the eight-colour (CMYK plus light cyan, light magenta and two whites) Yotta runs at speeds of up to 38sqm/hr in four-pass mode and takes rigid and flexible materials at up to 100mm in thickness.
As well as the machine Universal Graphix purchased, Mayday offer a complete range of flatbeds and roll to roll machines from the same manufacturer with a choice of either Ricoh Gen5 & Gen4 print-heads or Kyocera print-heads.
Mayday managing director Jim Fox said that he was pleased with the first install of the machines that Mayday started selling earlier this year, and that Universal had not sacrificed quality or speed over price. “They are over the moon,” he added.
Notes to Editors
Mayday Graphic Products have been established for over 35 years and are one of the top ranked, leading suppliers and distributors of Solvent & Aqueous inkjet media, Litho Supplies, Pressroom Products, Large & Wide Format Printers, Media & Supplies, Digital Printing Presses and equipment throughout the UK, operating from the company head office, warehouse and distribution centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.