Coventry-based wide-format printing business The Big Ink Tank installed a Vivid VeloBlade Nexus 2516 cutting table supplied by Soyang in January 2024, planning to use the machine to expand its service offering and win new customers and has reported a significant improvement in production.

The Big Ink Tank offers a range of services, specialising in exhibition graphics and large-format work for galleries and museums. It works with a number of high-profile clients including Peugeot and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as more local customers such as Coventry Building Society and Coventry University.

Being constantly on the lookout for new opportunities was a key factor in the firm’s decision to invest in the VeloBlade Nexus 2516, a wide-format digital die cutter with a bed size of 2500mm x 1600mm. Combined with a CNC router, the system enables users to work with materials up to 25mm thick, such as Dibond, MDF and acrylic.

Purchased in December 2023 and installed in January 2024, the Nexus has become an important part of the production setup at The Big Ink Tank. The cutter has been put to work on a range of applications, with its automation capabilities said to make life ‘much easier’ for staff.

‘The VeloBlade Nexus fits in with our existing workflow by allowing files for cutting, routing and creasing to be automatically uploaded with minimal input from our team, The Big Ink Tank’s founder, Ty Power, said. ‘We are really benefitting from the speed of the machine; we no longer have to change the tools as they are automatic.

‘The quality of the cutting is also excellent, while the fact that the vacuum keeps the cuts so clean results in a huge time saving. We are still learning about new processes that we can then launch into the market.’