Northumberland-based digital print service provider has invested in a VeloBlade Volta 1070+ digital die-cutting system from Vivid Laminating Technologies in order to expand it services into custom size labels, kiss-cut stickers, invitations and business cards.

The B1-plus format VeloBlade cutting table will allow the company to bring die-cutting in-house, thus reducing costs on short runs and speeding up production times.

Production director David Duncan said, ‘We looked at numerous cutting table solutions such as large format roll-fed cutters and stickers on rolls. We chose the VeloBlade Volta 1070+ from Vivid as it was the most compatible finishing solution for our printing processes. Switching from job to job quickly with minimal set-up changes is key for the high number of small- to medium-sized orders we receive daily, and most importantly the system meets our customers’ needs from an end-product perspective.

‘The Veloblade digital cutting system will also unlock many more opportunities for our longer-term product roadmap and for customers via our bespoke service. Custom shape stickers are our primary focus, with packaging another area we are very keen to explore, but the opportunities really are endless.’

Mr Duncan stated that he is extremely pleased with the Volta’s performance so far. ‘We are busy putting the system through its paces and really testing its versatility with complex and intricate shapes, kiss-cutting and creasing. Our favourite products have been the hexagon-shaped business cards and the arch-shaped and round wedding invitations. These are popular with our customers and a current trend in the industry, but this is only scratching the surface of what it can do.

‘The service we have received from Vivid throughout the process has been excellent, from the in-depth demonstration [to the] training by their servicer engineers, as well as the continued support whilst we get to grips with the new system,’ Mr Duncan concluded.