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Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:07 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help needed sourcing a supplier of roller banner media?

Replies: 6

Views: 1939

Re: Help needed sourcing a supplier of roller banner media?

I used to use some lay flat stuff from John Adams Sign Supplies, it had a slight textured finish. Was really competitively priced too. Big issue I used to find was that consistency on the cheapo stuff was all over the place but the stuff from John Adams was decent stuff. Our contact was David Leinst...

Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit a sign without drilling? Help needed, please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2113

Re: How to fit a sign without drilling? Help needed, please?

Seconding what david said, perhaps suggest a solution that can be reused by any new tennant. Angle for trays or panatrim frame? Also means they can have uniformity across all the units in terms of size and position of each sign.

Andy

Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help needed sourcing suppliers of printed mesh banners?

Replies: 2

Views: 890

Re: Suppliers of printed mesh banners

Used to use dpi print for our big banners.

Andy

Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:25 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Latest engraved pieces

Replies: 3

Views: 1469

Re: Latest engraved pieces

All going grand thanks Kev mate.

Our plinths are from morans wood components Neil - speak to phil or matt.

Andy

Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Latest engraved pieces

Replies: 3

Views: 1469

Latest engraved pieces

Here are some of the bits and pieces we've done of late. All rotary engraved/cut and paint infilled.

Andy

Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on packaging signage please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1553

Re: Advice on packaging signage please?

We always used to get our tray signs and plate and post stuff from ashby as they packed really safely. We just unpacked carefully keeping all the bits and then reused when sending the goods out.

Would agree with corex and bubble wrap for custom items but it is time consumimg.

Andy

Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help needed sourcing A boards/pavement signs, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1143

Re: Help needed sourcing A boards/pavement signs, please?

Or tradesignz they do really heavy duty ones

Andy

Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help needed sourcing supplier of sign display feet, please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1343

Re: Help needed sourcing supplier of sign display feet, plea

If my memory serves me Dan I'm sure ultima display do sign stands and possibly Plex display.


Andy

Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:22 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Re: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Havent updated my thoughts on this but having had it for a while at my previous employment here are my findings; Scratch and durability were never an issue however maintenance was a nightmare - we had to do far more manual cleans on the machine before we could print as the ink would quite often not ...

Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sorry for not posting - all change!

Replies: 5

Views: 2253

Sorry for not posting - all change!

Morning all, Apologies for my massive lack of activity of late, the reason being me and my wife, Mandy, have both left work and have taken the massive leap and set up on our own. We'll be focusing solely on engraving at the moment as it's what we've both been doing for nearly 20 years. I'll post som...

Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating Issue - help needed with wave/stretch marks?

Replies: 16

Views: 4095

I use that very same technique after watching that video Gary - it works a treat.

We use a "snitty" cutter to cut the backing paper and leave the laminate intact.

Andy

Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2291

Mastergrave hire them by the week;
http://mastergrave.co.uk/catalogue/brow ... ory_ID=142

Andy

Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:55 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roller banner media profile help

Replies: 9

Views: 1899

We use high speed for all our roller banners, using max flat type medias on our lightbar converted RE640.

Andy

Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roller banner media profile help

Replies: 9

Views: 1899

We've always just used generic banner or pvc banner and they look fine. Would also second md5 as an option as it seems to give good results on most stuff.

Andy

Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:31 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice on large sign for steel clad building

Replies: 5

Views: 2564

Any suggestions on supplier who can deliver a tray that big?

Andy

Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:41 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice on large sign for steel clad building

Replies: 5

Views: 2564

Advice on large sign for steel clad building

Morning all, Need some advice on producing a large sign which is going to be mounted onto the side of a steel clad industrial building. The sign needs to be 4700mm long and approximately 800mm deep. I dont want to suggest just screwing dibond straight to the building but wondered what might be a bet...

Sat May 24, 2014 9:15 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

You'll love it Steve honestly! One tip put some dust sheets down around the machine and move media away from the machine, when the ink lines are removed they can flick flush about and contaminate media.

Carts are really well priced too, even better with our uksb discounts! - Nice one Rob!!

Andy

Thu May 22, 2014 7:22 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Its in! Ashley and Jason arrived yesterday at about 1pm and worked through till 6pm flushing, fitting new lines, mounting the lightbar and testing etc. We did a test print before and after and both were perfect (and the same!) Positives: This definately does what it claims, prints are instantly dry ...

Mon May 19, 2014 10:49 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: eco-sol max magenta needed in cumbria area

Replies: 8

Views: 2331

You get sorted in the end Adam?

Andy

Sun May 18, 2014 9:17 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: eco-sol max magenta needed in cumbria area

Replies: 8

Views: 2331

That I couldn't be certain on. They certainly offer them so would imagine so but worth a call first.

Andy

Sun May 18, 2014 9:09 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: eco-sol max magenta needed in cumbria area

Replies: 8

Views: 2331

How about Granthams in Preston; http://www.graphicdiscount.co.uk/contact.php

Andy

Sun May 18, 2014 5:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Not as yet Barry, its not getting installed till Thursday, reading above though Rob has done a fair bit of it without issues.

You can only get the inks from colorific but they seem to think as the ink becomes more known more agents will jump on the band wagon and stock it.

Andy

Sat May 17, 2014 2:01 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Will do Adrian. Although that said the majority of our work on this machine is exhibition stuff and short term banners so the convenience of drying time and processing speed is more a concern than unlaminated outdoor durability.

Andy

Sat May 17, 2014 10:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Ordered a lightbar for my vp540i, install in the next 2-3weeks, George: I think the normal price is £2495+vat, I got a show deal, you might still get it if you are quick! Rob: how's the scratch resistance on the prints? Vinyl? Banner? Barry... Hi Barry, I've got a sample done on metamark vinyl and ...

Sat May 17, 2014 8:26 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

Just had it confirmed that install will be on Thursday this week, running until Friday morning. Really looking forward to this.

If anyone is interested in this make sure you message rob first as there are some special uksb discounts in place.

Andy

Sat May 10, 2014 3:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Its GOODBYE from me

Replies: 35

Views: 6793

Best of luck Kev

Andy

Thu May 08, 2014 7:11 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

So pleased to hear a real life success story Lorraine, we've placed our order this afternoon for the RE640 conversion. Just waiting for the installation date. The lads were printing metres and metres of metamark vinyl on your machine at the show and it looked beautiful (I've got some samples on my d...

Sat May 03, 2014 9:37 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Suppliers of the flag items please

Replies: 4

Views: 1202

Hi Harpreet,

Take a look on grandstands.eu they do loads of different styles.

Andy

Thu May 01, 2014 8:10 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: UV Lightbar from Colorific now installed on my machine!

Replies: 202

Views: 104749

I looked at it whilst I was there, looking at it on the re-640 I was really impressed with the quality.

Definately seemed to do exactly what it's claiming to.

ROB - do you find it ok on the thicker materials like frontlit and stay flat banner?

Andy

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: North East Roland Engineer

Replies: 3

Views: 1504

Stafford Cox wrote:Yep, Colin Tupman. Based in Gateshead I believe. 07759472729.


A definite thumbs up for colin from me too, you will not be disappointed.

Andy

Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: roland print and cut calibration

Replies: 14

Views: 2803

It's my understanding that it changes as the roll weight reduces. A 50m roll of banner will offer far more resistance than a 5m one.

As I say we tend to do it each time we put a different roll on the machine.

Andy

Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: roland print and cut calibration

Replies: 14

Views: 2803

i was told when i brought the printer that when you load the media the 1st thing you do is calibrate so that you have the right settings and you can see if your going to get banding etc but of course every time you calibrate your wasting media. So i was going to make a chart when i use different me...

Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed Credit Card type jobbies

Replies: 1

Views: 999

Have used eyecatchers.co.uk before they offer trade pricing on these kind of things. If small numbers mega sublimation do some double sided blank credit cards that might fit the bill too.

Andy

Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:26 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Cant cut through 150 micron vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 2142

Try bumping the heaters right up and this softens the vinyl more so it's a bit easier to cut. Thanks to Harry the blade from Edward Matthias for this little gem. We were struggling to cut some motocross laminate and this saved the day.

Andy

Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:22 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: two monitors or not

Replies: 15

Views: 5387

We used one of these to make a twin 24" screen setup for the girl who handles our stock control; http://www.ebuyer.com/184665-startech-usb-to-vga-multi-monitor-external-video-adapter-usb2vgae2 Works a treat!! Am a bit jealous now - but I'll have to wait till the gaffer recovers from my last sho...

Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Changeable door signs

Replies: 6

Views: 1478

Pantograph Services is who we use Kev;

http://www.pantograph.co.uk/pdfs/plate_holders.pdf

Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:58 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: When black isnt black and the Roland Library Prints rubbish

Replies: 8

Views: 2011

RIPC will help minimise banding so that would be the better one to try (in my opinion anyway)

Andy

Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:32 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: When black isnt black and the Roland Library Prints rubbish

Replies: 8

Views: 2011

Gary Birch wrote:Try Metamark md5 profile ... We find it solves most problems

Cheers

Gary


Would agree with Gary, used this on our older SP540 running compatible inks and it made a massive improvement in colour reproduction and general quality.

Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 3m x 2m Banner problem, can you help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1667

I doubt anybody would expect much different to be honest!

Andy

Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:11 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Questions, Questions my new Versacamm

Replies: 10

Views: 2153

Re: Questions, Questions my new Versacamm

First off all I would like to point out stuff that I am sure everyone is aware of the pitfalls of buying off ebay. Great seller, really friendly and lots of help, however I realized after that I am missing my Media Flanges and the printer only has 2 pinch rollers and I think it should have 6 :o Any...

Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:06 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Questions, Questions my new Versacamm

Replies: 10

Views: 2153

Chris Wool wrote:As far as I know only the VS range has removable pinch rollers


The SP ones come out too Chris.

There are replacement ones here: http://www.digiprint-supplies.com/sp-54 ... 01500.html

Andy

Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Robert Horne Delivery prices

Replies: 12

Views: 3779

Have to say we have never been charged delivery on a robert horne order. That said they have brought in some new policies and become a little more strict in the last few weeks. Its a matter of common sense though, if you're delivering a few rolls of media and various boards etc a few times a week th...

Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:01 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Paper for my RS 640 eco-sol max inks

Replies: 3

Views: 1460

We print on the paper graphics 200gsm satin and it dries almost instantly. For particularly dark prints (black and the like) we pop a pedestal fan in front and let it gently blow over the print as it exits - works a treat.

Andy

Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:12 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Using Hyperlinks in a PDF

Replies: 6

Views: 2121

Dunno if it's just me Andy, but all I can see in dockers (X3) is 'link manager' and I can't see a way of getting it activated, the docker is blank when open and no matter what I highlight or click it remains blank with no options. If that makes sense. Sorry Harry, slightly different in X3 (didnt re...

Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:13 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Using Hyperlinks in a PDF

Replies: 6

Views: 2121

Try "Dockers" - "Links and bookmarks" In a nutshell; click an object to select it - now click the button in the docker window for "new link" type in the address and thats it. Works on images and shapes as well as text. Keep your eyes open when you publish to pdf though ...

Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:43 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versaworks screen resolution question

Replies: 7

Views: 1644

Nope its not just you - its always been bloody terrible!

Andy

Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:48 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: difference between the media

Replies: 9

Views: 2311

Will all come down to monomeric or polymeric Danny. Monomeric is generally cheaper and wont last quite as long. If its correx and short term stuff then a monomeric grade might be fine for your use. I used to use Oracal 3164 which is a nice film, or try an LG 3911 which is polymeric but you can get s...

Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm printing problems

Replies: 4

Views: 1301

Hi Danny, You'll get them all on http://download.rolanddg.jp/en/3rdmedia/max/rvw/sp300i/index.html Another useful tip is if you cant find the profile you want (if you wanted a specific one) then try the 54" model as they are in essence the same, in your example they would be the SP540i ones. Andy

Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:47 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm printing problems

Replies: 4

Views: 1301

The generic vinyl one is terrible for overloading the material with ink.

I always use the "Oracal 3164" profile on our SP540v machine - gives a much better finish. Failing that try metamark md5

Andy

Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:33 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: versaworks cut problem

Replies: 9

Views: 1448

Chris Windebank wrote:no laminate, no sun. Correct file. Will do a complete new and see if that helps.

bugger!


Pinch roller in line with optical mark? We've had this - machine cant sense the mark if the pinch wheel gets in the way.

Andy

Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Grommets

Replies: 5

Views: 1254

Stuart Davies wrote:http://www.dtpsupplies.com/
stu


+1 for DTP - John Preston is a top bloke, cannot recommend them highly enough

Andy

Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:19 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

for the price you may be better off updating your art-work software? Doesn't really answer the question for those of those that are printing from client supplied pdf files. We dont include any artwork charges on our products if they supply their own files. For me it would be better to have a system...

Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Re: RIP and Pdfs

We use wasatch but have versaworks as well, from customers pdf we always create an eps otherwise you gonna get problems, I think latest version of the rips have solved this problem Sorry Adrian do you mean the latest versions dont require a seperate eps file to be made?? I've been printing from acr...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:12 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Been striving to find a resolution (at least a temporary fix if nothing else) I've used a few of the suggestions listed and cobbled together with something I googled. Open the client supplied pdf artwork in acrobat File - Print - Choose Versaworks Virtual Printer Click Advanced on acrobat screen and...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

We dont have illustrator unfortunately

Andy

Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Printed the pdf file from within acrobat Alex

Andy

Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:41 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Have managed to install the "print direct method" but the file exhibits the same fault as before (dropping some text out)

Andy

Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Andy, we've been having the same issue recently !! As with you, we prefer not to mess with the customers PDF sent and put it straight in the RIP (versaworks). We also use X6 but opening/re saving can cause loads of problems. Recently we've also had text dropping out. I wonder if this is a new probl...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Versaworks uses an eps rip rather than a PDF rip so there will always be issues. I've tried other rip software but versaworks is the one I always come back to. The easiest way I've found to faultlessly print PDFs is to open in illustrator and export as an eps or print directly to the print queue. P...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:25 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

I dont have photoshop but have been using a website called, http://pdf2jpg.net/ Which does what I think photoshop does, opens it and renders it as a jpg before offering a link for download. Whilst this works its just another step before pressing print which I'd rather do away with. The flipside of t...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:28 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Using Corel X6, I've found opening the pdf in draw can cause additional problems. Just tried it again with a particular file, theres one line of text that gets dropped when I add it to the queue. I've saved as an EPS and it still does the same!?! Andy Hi Andy, Even if the artwork is submitted by a c...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:03 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Tends to be things like odd coloured boxes around images (which I suspect is to do with transparency, even when flattened this is evident) Had a problem file last week, green text was dropped and printed as white. We preflighted the file and saved as x1a but it still did it. We just need to solve th...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:55 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Unfortunately this is generally all customer supplied pdf files so I dont have the option to open/edit/re-save. I have ran preflight and even tried flattening transparencies in acrobat but the results are still screwy to say the least. We save all files as x1a compliant so I'm stumped. I've emailed ...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:00 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

Replies: 41

Views: 8210

Alternate RIP package for Roland Printer

I'm having nothing but problems with versaworks at present, mainly to do with mis-printing pdf files (look fine in preflight but print incorrectly in versaworks)

Can anyone recommend any alternate packages I could look at?

Andy

Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of pull ups with integral leaflet holder

Replies: 4

Views: 1510

Was it www.grandstands.eu you saw them on?

Had an email from them and I'm sure they do these

Andy

Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:56 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Digiprint - also an unhappy customer

Replies: 2

Views: 1209

All great thanks Kev - even better now machine is firing on all cylinders.

Why didn't I think to ring roland first?!? - dope!

Andy

Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:07 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Digiprint - also an unhappy customer

Replies: 2

Views: 1209

Digiprint - also an unhappy customer

Whilst I'm not one for moaning on publicly I'm at my wits end....... We ordered some wipers from digiprint supplies for our RE-640 machine, they arrived promptly but I've been unable to use them. They dont fit into the wiper holder without jamming them in (too thick) and dont wipe the head properly ...

Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Paperlinx - it's just like dealing with europoint again!!

Replies: 5

Views: 1438

I heard that a NEW big change has happened... new CEO... he's been reshaping contracts etc. big things changing They are good with prices with us, however we finding we are putting more and more with them... never really let us down It would all add up Dave to be honest - am delighted at the moment...

Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Paperlinx - it's just like dealing with europoint again!!

Replies: 5

Views: 1438

Paperlinx - it's just like dealing with europoint again!!

Recently had a call from my very first rep from Robert Horne (now paperlinx) Have to say the service and products I've been getting recently have certainly put them back in favour with me...... so much I'm trying to source everything from them again rather than a plethera of sources. I was really di...

Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help! Busi card cutter & chemical post-crete stuff

Replies: 18

Views: 6128

Re: help! Busi card cutter & chemical post-crete stuff

1) I've seen a business card / card cutter than seems to be automatic and works on cut lines or reg marks, German machine if I recall, either way, anyone know what I mean or, have suggestions for a half decent card cutting machine that can work with A4 / A3+ or bigger and cut A7/6/5 & other siz...

Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:13 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: 2 colour mug screen printing

Replies: 6

Views: 2726

Evening Billy,

Sorry only just saw your post, number is 01773 522040

Best wishes
Andy

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:05 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Advice on printing on glass please

Replies: 6

Views: 3155

Re: Advice on printing on glass please

Hi. I'm new to this so please be gentle!. I would like to print negative lettering on the rear side of A3 glass to be viewed through the glass. I have a vinyl cutter, and tried vinyl, but the adhesive side of the vinyl is unacceptable. I can't stick vinyl on the front of the glass. I have tried cut...

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:03 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: 2 colour mug screen printing

Replies: 6

Views: 2726

Morning Billy,

If you speak with Keramikos, they are a trade only supplier of mugs (they dont do anything else!)

Website is www.mugsgalore.com

Best wishes
Andy

Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Recommendations for a service engineer north west England

Replies: 3

Views: 1139

Try Colin Tupman, CETech, he's in Consett, County Durham.

Mobile is 07759 472729

Andy

Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:25 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Need laminator repair

Replies: 3

Views: 1336

We used Simon at Lacco Laminates to troubleshoot and repair our 62" seal-really nice guy, cheapest we found call out fee wise, and all round great service. Laaco Ltd 28 Copperfield Road Cheadle Hulme Stockport SK8 7PN Tel: 0161 285 9466 Fax Order Hotline: 0800 783 4263 Email: simon@laacolamina...

Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:04 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing white on a versacamm

Replies: 8

Views: 1480

We do as Chris suggested quite a lot - it definitely works and having the white vinyl at the back acts as a "laminate" protecting the print from scratches etc.

Andy

Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:02 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Removing ink

Replies: 4

Views: 2182

Our sp540 is now second fiddle to our re640 - the versacamm prints one job every Thursday and sits idle for up to a week sometimes. Never ever had a problem with it drying out.

Just leave the sub power on and let it do its periodical self clean and I'm sure it'll be fine.

Andy

Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs able to withstand 50C

Replies: 8

Views: 1596

Andy, is Rowmark ok on a cnc machine? I thought it was a laser engraving material. if it is where do you get it if you don't mind me asking, looking for suppliers of different things at the moment. Rowmark do make laser materials but also have a full range of mill engravable sheets too. That said y...

Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs able to withstand 50C

Replies: 8

Views: 1596

Hi Phil,

Most engraving laminates will be fine at that temperature. We use rowmark as it machines nicely. I can give you contact details if you need them.

Would suspect vinyl would be ok but a you pointed out what backing? How about stainless? Wouldn't need to be too thick.

Andy

Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:27 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: what paper is for printing the poster ?

Replies: 1

Views: 812

Hi Lynn,

We get our papers from Paper Graphics, website is papergraphics.co.uk

The 200gsm satin poster paper is very good for general poster work - they also stock a huge range of digital wallpapers too

Andy

Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:52 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: take up system recommendation please

Replies: 10

Views: 3335

Hi Cheryl, On our SP540 we purchased one of the "wind up" ones from ebay, it was ok but struggled with heavier loads as its only a slip clutch affair. We then ripped the old motor off and replaced it with something more beefy on a fixed shaft and set it up with some infrared sensors near t...

Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:32 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Dots in print problem...

Replies: 16

Views: 2406

Just don't let the neighbours see you hoovering the walls - they'll probably get you a white coat with particularly tight sleeves and bundle you off in a van!

Andy

Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:04 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: blue mist in print

Replies: 10

Views: 3455

Cant help but feel like I'm trying to "teach grandma to suck eggs" here!!

If that was me Chris I'd start with bi directional test and adjustment, probably after a good clean round the head.

Andy

Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Dots in print problem...

Replies: 16

Views: 2406

Weird isn't the word!!

Sounds a silly question but you haven't got air con over the top of it? Or been spraying fly spray in the room?? Not sure what the temp requirements are for the machine but we have members in far sunnier climates so would presume not just temp related.

Andy

Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:00 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Dots in print problem...

Replies: 16

Views: 2406

Hi Gareth,

Is it drops of unwanted ink in the print? If so probably just needs a manual clean around the head to get the gunk off.

Probably worth changing the squeegees too if they are curled.

Andy

Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roller Banner Stand Suppliers

Replies: 9

Views: 1956

Re: Roller Banner Stand Suppliers

I've just had an order in for 70 Roller Banners. 800mm. Got a price from my usual supplier for the stands, at £8.50 each, which are a reasonable stand, not the really lightweight stands that have a habit of falling over. Trouble is they've now told me they don't stock 800's and they'll cost £11.00 ...

Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:23 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Can anyone recommend a supplier for 5 or 6mm board?

Replies: 8

Views: 3257

Could you not fix a few stand off bases behind the sign across the middle of its surface? You wouldnt need to face fix through them but would help support the centre of it a bit more.

Just a thought....

Andy

Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:43 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminator : Seal 62 plus problem, help?

Replies: 7

Views: 3563

Theres Simon at Laaco laminates, http://laacolaminates.co.uk/repairs.html He's based in Stockport

Looks after our Seal machine and really knows his stuff, hopefully might be something he can advise over the phone for you.

Andy

Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:15 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Help needed autonumbering...

Replies: 3

Views: 1074

Hi John,

I did this tutorial a while back:
http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=43285

Hope this helps

Andy

Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Door Sign Supplier

Replies: 2

Views: 1142

or try Vista systems themselves.

Something more "traditional" is the interchangeable nameplate holders from pantograph services (www.pantograph.co.uk)

Andy

Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:35 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: new cutting problem with versacamm help please

Replies: 16

Views: 4689

Dan, just try cleaning it in situ. If you take a cleaning swab and bend it so the swab is pointing down.

Then just run it from left to right front and back - you'll be amazed how much gunk comes off. Then do environment match when you've finished. Is the print out too or just cutting?

Andy

Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Co Durham.

Replies: 9

Views: 1888

Whessoe Road - right?

Andy

Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Co Durham.

Replies: 9

Views: 1888

Dave - isnt ALR something to do with Linda (previously of Armstrongs?) We used to use Armstrongs as a subcontractor when offering embroidery to our vet clients! :P

Do you guys offer trade stuff at all as I do get asked from time to time.
Andy

Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:56 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Help!!! Roland PC600 Problem

Replies: 5

Views: 2335

Have you tried using the head cleaning pen thing (the one thats like a chisel marker shape) Might be you've just got a load of gunk stuck.

I had this on our old 600 and the same with the 50 before it.

Andy

Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Quality 1600mm hot laminator recommendations ??

Replies: 2

Views: 1108

Speak to Simon at Laaco as you might be able to get a second user Seal machine. He'll recondition the rollers and set it up. We've got an image 600 - an absolute beast but rock solid and mega reliable.

http://www.laacolaminates.co.uk/

Andy

Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:19 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing T shirts with the VP300

Replies: 5

Views: 1617

The smart pro doesn't need to be cut at all. You press the print for a few seconds, cut a piece of smart pro bigger than the whole graphic. Press again - the smart pro only bonds to the print and not the garment. Peel cold

Andy

Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:16 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing T shirts with the VP300

Replies: 5

Views: 1617

there is a protector film i have yet to try called smart pro from grafityp but only 250mm wide, designed to protect the ink in washes. Its great Chris - I used it on our work shirts. There's a large red CSL logo on the rear and a small one on the breast pocket. We first did them with the Xpres film...

Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:49 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How Much Vinyl Is On That Roll?

Replies: 4

Views: 2190

Thanks for that Doug - will come in handy I'm sure!

I have a nice random collection of favourites in my toolbar now!

Andy

Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: You don't know what you don't know

Replies: 31

Views: 5748

Nicola McIntosh wrote:sharpen your felt squeegie with a guillotine, gets a nice clean edge :D


Will definately be using this one - cheers Nicola :D

Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: tips how to get laminate to align with the film

Replies: 11

Views: 2974

We mark a centre point on the laminate roll and centre it on the rear mandrel. We take a measurement from one of the sides of the machine to the centre point on the roll - mark a centre point on the vinyl and line this up with the same measurement from the same side of the machine. Hope this makes s...

Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:20 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Trying to source Sliding Callar Tags with opening?

Replies: 6

Views: 2724

Why not have your own made?

I've only ever seen those ones from indigo - draw up a design in corel and get them costed for an engineering company to laser cut them.

Wouldnt be too dear but definately cheaper than buying off another manufacturer.

Andy

Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:22 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Trying to source Sliding Callar Tags with opening?

Replies: 6

Views: 2724

Not these is it Andy;

http://www.indigocollartags.com/

Not ours and seem a bit pricey.

As I say to give me a call or email as I might be able to sort you one of the prototypes.

Andy

Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Trying to source Sliding Callar Tags with opening?

Replies: 6

Views: 2724

Hi Andrew, We make Pet Tags (our boards are in most vet surgeries across the UK), our collar tag looks like; http://www.pettags.co.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=24 We dont suggest these for "clip buckle" collars as there isnt too much clearance. We're working on a new stainless s...

Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:00 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: iPhone 4 problem...

Replies: 8

Views: 2834

Hi Hugh,

There's a little proximity sensor that detects when the phone is against your ear.

Try a look at this page; https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3031122?start=0&tstart=0

Andy

Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

Hi Dan,

The other Andy is round ours now, he says most gloss vinyl doubled up is fine for sandblast - just test on a scrap piece obviously :wink:

Andy

Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:21 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

Dan, I think my brother in law (another Andy) just uses double layer of vinyl as a sandblast mask, he carves down a good half inch on some items and it doesnt seem to move. Could just feed the cheapest vinyl through a laminator and bond 2 layers together before cutting.

Andy

Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:53 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

Does it not matter that the bottom of the letter isnt smooth then Dan? I always presumed (incorrectly obviously) that these had to be lasered.

Andy

Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:19 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

What channel is that Dan?? Looks very cool!

Might be a touch too big for our engraver but my brother in law has a huge glass sandblast unit so thats an option too.

Are the LED's easy enough to put together?

Andy

Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:05 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

With a lightbox, presumably I need to use translucent vinyls?

Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:13 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Choices for illuminated signage

Replies: 14

Views: 6712

Choices for illuminated signage

HELP! Been asked by a client (one I want to keep on side!) to supply an illuminated sign for their reception area...... this is as much as they have given me. Is anyone able to hold my hand on this as I've never dealt with illuminated signage at all. Maybe some links to suppliers, suggestions, pics....

Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking foR supplier of Steel poster case

Replies: 1

Views: 1017

Kevin - just seen lockable frames in the Ashby catalogue, they look really nice so might be worth a look;

http://www.ashbytrade.net/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=343

Andy

Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can anyone recommend a next day delivery company

Replies: 4

Views: 2270

We have an account with FedEx but used Parcel Monkey when FedEx van broke down and we needed a parcel delivered urgently the next day.

http://www.parcelmonkey.co.uk/

Andy

Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: advice on Vinyl Slitting please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4655

I do the same as Phill - I cut down banner like this quite often.

Andy

Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rob Lambie's famous 'brother'

Replies: 56

Views: 13510

Nope sorry Rob, but you've heard of the vajazzle right?? Well I've wrapped both cheeks in di-noc carbon fibre.

Got third degree burns from the post heating though! Am launching a new site soon ; pimpmyarse.com

Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rob Lambie's famous 'brother'

Replies: 56

Views: 13510

Of course, I'm in one now - luckily I've managed to find one with 3G coverage.

Next I'm off to ram raid snappy snaps

Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rob Lambie's famous 'brother'

Replies: 56

Views: 13510

Phill Fenton wrote:Me and Andy could do a duet together :lol1:


:rofl:

Just being showing my other half all of these, worringly I was told "at least you got a good looking one" :o

I've not even managed to reply to that yet

Andy

Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:31 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Hi Simon,

I normally find that if you set the page space to 60mm before you print, then change it to 80mm before cutting It seems to find them automatically and carries on

How did you find the alignment when doing them in small batches?



Andy

Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:03 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Best of luck Simon!

I've found your email address on your company website and have sent the instructions through.

Andy

Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Folding a banner edge

Replies: 8

Views: 1752

We just have a piece of plastic 50mm wide, it's held against the edge of the banner and a pencil line drawn on all round the banner.

Remove the backing from the tape and fold the outside edge of the banner to the line - works a treat!

Andy

Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SP300V Profile Advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1208

I dont think you're doing anything wrong! I'm a firm believer that if you feel a different profile works better then that's your prerogative. As long as they dry nice and print quality is good then that's good, i use oracal 3164 profile on "max impact" on most things, oracal or not! I had ...

Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice needed on Feather Flags please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2490

Hi Phil,

I messed about with trying to print the flag myself, not to mention the mess it makes, solvent prints with very muted colours and bleeds like crazy.

I'd be looking to sub contract it out to be honest. Ultima display can print, supply and finish.

Andy

Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: whats the best method of applying graphics to a bar?

Replies: 4

Views: 1271

If it needs to be stuck, my best suggestion would a good quality vinyl and over laminate with crystal/sandtex as this wont look scuffed like gloss would and is more resistant than a standard matt.

Andy

Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:48 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Hi Simon,

I've just finished a tutorial on this which rob is putting on the site soon.

If you pm your email address I can always send you a copy if you like.

Andy

Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:29 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Could it be that the pinch rollers have been moved - giving a bigger width reading? Clutching at straws! Ours barely move.

Andy

Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:32 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stationary production printer required

Replies: 15

Views: 2612

Hi David, Look at around point 94 in the linked pdf. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/power-guillotines.pdf It states that; Every six months a competent guillotine engineer or independent engineer/engineer surveyor should perform a thorough inspection of the machine which should comprise a series ...

Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stationary production printer required

Replies: 15

Views: 2612

Hi Warren, I use a konica C500 pro, its on lease from Danwood on a service agreement. We pay a fixed "click" price which covers us for unlimited call outs, parts and toner. The 6500 is the newer model and is meant to be very good and is just coming into the refurb range. Danwood are good a...

Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:52 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help with pdf & poor print quality?

Replies: 10

Views: 1549

Its under the "Quality" tab, "Colour Management" in the "Preset" dropdown.

It's probably on "Pre-press US" as default, change it to "Density Control Only", whilst you're there try a job on "max impact" its the only one I use now!

Andy

Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help with pdf & poor print quality?

Replies: 10

Views: 1549

I believe it forces the Versacamm to only use black ink to produce greys and greyscale rather than using all 4 colours. My thinking was that if its only using 1 colour it might be less "fuzzy" where it lays each one down?

Long shot.......

Andy

Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:39 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help with pdf & poor print quality?

Replies: 10

Views: 1549

Just a shot in the dark, can you not amend the colour so its made up just as a percentage of black? Then (I use versaworks) just use "density control only" so its only laying down black ink?

Andy

Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:56 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Obviously I can't say that this fixes all machines. I too had major problems with print/cut alignment but either one or a combination of the above "fixes" seems to have resolved it. Might be "pot luck" but until such time it stops working I'll keep doing them :D Andy Just a thoug...

Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:09 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Printed Pens Trade-Only supplier recommendation's?

Replies: 2

Views: 1648

Speak to Senator Pens, not sure if its "trade only" but prices are really keen and never had a problem.

Andy

Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:05 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Andy Blackett wrote:I feel a tutorial coming on George!

Can you wait till tonight and I'll type it up with screen grabs? PM with your email and I'll send it over.

Andy


In your inbox now George, sorry I never got it done yesterday

Andy

Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:23 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

For anyone who gets this problem on a regular basis, if it's any help, the only way to avoid it that we found was to print your document, take it straight off and laminate it, put it back on the printer and cut it - all in the one continuous session and it works brilliantly. Where it seems to hit a...

Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:32 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: HELP! Urgent help drying ink

Replies: 7

Views: 2690

Try something like a standard vinyl profile as I find these put down less ink, I use oracal 3164 on high quality. Heaters on 40 and 45 (45 on dryer side)

Did a large (1500mm x 1300mm) black poster the other week and left it printing on its own overnight onto takeup and was fine.

Andy

Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:46 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

I feel a tutorial coming on George!

Can you wait till tonight and I'll type it up with screen grabs? PM with your email and I'll send it over.

Andy

Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:37 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Its under the "Printer Controls" tab, put a tick in "Use custom settings" then choose page space from the drop down box.

Andy

Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:31 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Hi George, Hope I've interpreted your question correctly. But yes the machine prints optical marks for each custom cut job. So your run of 250 decals is broken down into batches of say 50 each with optical marks. I set versaworks to give a 60mm page space when printing then adjust to 80mm page space...

Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:00 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: head strike problems! sp300v

Replies: 5

Views: 1592

I haven't used the media clamps in donkeys - tend to find that buckling is either temperature or vacuum power not being sufficient to keep the media flat. If the media is damaged on the ends then clamps are essential. Is it one particular media or all that do this? The clamps won't prevent strikes i...

Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:57 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Andy the 250 was a single job, I dont know anything about custom cuts. Neither do I know what you mean by Automatic print and cut alignment. Isnt that what it usually does? (Rather, tries to do) Simon. Custom cut breaks the one large job into smaller runs, each small run has it's own optical marks ...

Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:37 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Was the run of 250 set as one job or broken into smaller amounts using custom cut??

Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:41 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Have you tried automatic print and cut alignment?

I do this on a regular basis and it keeps things tidy. I used to get the same fault but not anymore. Can only think its the steps detailed above?!

Andy

Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:56 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Elsmore : Greyhound Pub Sign

Replies: 6

Views: 1435

Did you create the image George? Looks good

Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:20 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help finding supplier of metal plate

Replies: 2

Views: 1828

Try GSM Jonathan, http://www.gsmgraphicarts.co.uk/

Andy

Thu May 31, 2012 7:02 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

No Dan I am truly a genius! I'm not certain myself whether its coincidence or not but until it stops working I'll do it every time! Have you tried doing the custom cut way yet? Set page space for printing at 60mm, laminate as normal. Put it back in the machine and square it up, change the page space...

Mon May 28, 2012 8:07 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dry wipe Boards suggestions please

Replies: 6

Views: 1916

We use proscribe from drytac, I seem to remember its cheaper too.

Andy

Fri May 25, 2012 1:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 'strange' request from customer, help/ideas needed

Replies: 5

Views: 2258

What about mounting to 1mm foamboard Lorraine - its about £4-£5 for an 8x4 from memory. Would be stiff enough but not too heavy.

Andy

Sat May 19, 2012 11:06 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: metamark md5 equivalent

Replies: 35

Views: 7573

Paper graphics have some stonking deals on Aslan 7 year polymeric vinyl. Data sheet says its a silicone pe liner so sounds good on paper. Have used a fair bit of Arlon 4500, prints nice and release is good but would second the earlier comments about contamination. Had a few rolls where the markings ...

Thu May 17, 2012 9:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CUTTING MATS - what do you use?

Replies: 9

Views: 1420

We bought 2 pieces of 10x5 toughened glass. Good few years on they are scuffed but no deep cuts that catch the blade and drag it off course.

Andy

Thu May 17, 2012 8:59 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Print running at an angle.

Replies: 1

Views: 967

First check would be gunk on the encoder or fluff in the reader bit. Bend a foam swab and run it (gently) over the encoder strip on both sides to clean it.

Run environment match and try again.

Andy

Thu May 17, 2012 8:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What Colour best matches Matt Black for Visual Vehicle Wrap?

Replies: 5

Views: 2106

What about something like 80-90% black?

Andy

Wed May 16, 2012 10:52 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: help making a bleed for cutting out logo

Replies: 9

Views: 2736

Oh and I forgot! If I was cutting that image, I'd vectorise it if its not already, create an image boundary in corel which just represents the outer edge none of the inner curves. Depending on how big the graphic is, make an inside contour on the boundary of say 2 or 3mm. Break the contour group apa...

Wed May 16, 2012 10:49 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: help making a bleed for cutting out logo

Replies: 9

Views: 2736

My golden rules for print and cut after laminating; As many pinch rollers as possible Heaters as normal New blade, reduces drag, correctly set pressure of course! If its something big I reduce the speed of both cut and lift to 10 Move anything away from the front and back of the machine that might c...

Mon May 14, 2012 10:07 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versaworks cannot connect to server problem?

Replies: 5

Views: 2263

Result! You can relax now dan....... or work all night to catch up!

Mon May 14, 2012 8:23 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versaworks cannot connect to server problem?

Replies: 5

Views: 2263

Hi Dan, Instead of trying to update through the application, try launching the "online update" program from the start menu, under versaworks. I think theres something to do with the permissions on windows 7 (you know the old "a program is trying to access the internet" message) I...

Thu May 10, 2012 11:06 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Quality paper for flyers

Replies: 7

Views: 1286

Hi Stu,

To give you a comparison - most takeaway menus you get through the door will be 135gsm gloss paper.

If its something more professional, I'd be tempted to go to a 170gsm but have a look at silk

Andy

Sun May 06, 2012 8:58 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: How to safely transport RS-640

Replies: 8

Views: 1921

We had ours apart for about fifteen minutes while we moved and reinstalled it on its trolley. Just did a head clean and test print when complete.

I'm not an expert David but we certainly had no issues doing it this way.

Andy

Sun May 06, 2012 3:00 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: How to safely transport RS-640

Replies: 8

Views: 1921

Hi David,

Cant quote exactly because we have an SP540 but theres a blue metal bracket that bolts to the body of the machine and locks the head in its docking position.

After that we just took out the carts and waste ink bottle.

Andy

Sat May 05, 2012 8:36 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help Printing Pop Up Banner Panels

Replies: 9

Views: 1880

No problem - if you do a smaller one keep in mind that the smallest width tile that versaworks will create is 9.75mm ish - that annoyed me for ages!!

Why not just publish a blank page at the right size and familiarise yourself with it that way?

Andy

Fri May 04, 2012 6:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help Printing Pop Up Banner Panels

Replies: 9

Views: 1880

Hi David, Set your page size as quarter size the whole stand (i.e. the total width of the five drops) Design as normal, publish with a 5mm bleed all round, no crops or file info. In versaworks start by expanding it to 400%. Now under clip and tile you will create the drops. If its a 5 drop stand (3 ...

Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:20 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help applying large vinyl logos dry?

Replies: 11

Views: 3217

He went on a wrapping course when they first started to appear, and he said it helped him alot with his technique. So I`d get onto Rob about the course ( I have also inquired) PS, I like to use the squeege which has a felt on 1 end. I'll second that!! I really struggled hand applying vinyl (am grea...

Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:00 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Custom cut feature on Versaworks

Replies: 5

Views: 2180

Cracked it!!!

When printing set the page space to 60mm and when ready to cut set it to 80mm.

Works a treat, did 5 sets of "custom cut" jobs without having to base point between each sheet

Andy

Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Full colour Window Graphics

Replies: 5

Views: 1319

Really want to rip the black lettering off - its not there font style or anything. Its been there since the eighties looking at it!

Got to see him about some other things so might send a simulation over! Good call Glenn!

Andy

Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Full colour Window Graphics

Replies: 5

Views: 1319

Something like that!!

Being 100% honest there was a couple - but only little ones. I'd of wrecked the whole print though trying to peel it back. Sure I can pin (oh i swore !) them out though if they hang around! Not that they are noticable from the pavement!

Andy

Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:12 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Full colour Window Graphics

Replies: 5

Views: 1319

Full colour Window Graphics

Just finished these this morning, am wearing my "I'm Chuffed!" badge as I did them dry!

3 off 1310mm x 1310mm, reverse print on clear and backed in white. I cannot be blamed for the black vinyl lettering underneath though!

Andy

Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:09 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Old Meistergram Machines

Replies: 2

Views: 2136

Failing that speak to Merv at Microwhite, http://www.microwhite.co.uk/index.html Merv's the daddy when it comes to engraving controllers and electronics. He'll probably have it sorted for you in a matter of minutes. Good contact to keep on your browser too as he repairs all the old controllers that ...

Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:06 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Old Meistergram Machines

Replies: 2

Views: 2136

Hi Isaac, I'm afraid I cant comment directly on this machine as I'm not familiar with it. However you need to be adjusting the "cutter lift" - this will adjust how high the cutter is lifted from its engraving position before moving to the next letter. The lower the lift - the quicker the j...

Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: hard wheel cover supplier

Replies: 5

Views: 1239

Hi Cheryl,

Last time I got one was a semi-rigid one from Jag sign supplies. The face is plastic with a soft surround. They also do one with stainless trim around the outside;

http://www.jagsignsupplies.com/aqshop/catalogue.php?id=7

Andy

Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:52 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Its a procedure the versacamm does to adapt for changes in temperature and conditions. My understanding of it is the warmer or colder the room is will have an affect on the encoder strip as it expands and contracts. By running "environment match" the machine flies along reads the encoder a...

Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on sign frames

Replies: 8

Views: 1607

Here you go Andy - Rob did this demo many years ago - tells you everything you ever wanted to know about building panatrim frames but were afraid to ask http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=17591 A couple of links are broken - here's part 2 http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=17587 A...

Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on sign frames

Replies: 8

Views: 1607

Hi John,

I used tek screws through the front, where the join was on the two panels it opened up and looks bloody awful.... not a good advert!

How are the channels fixed?

Andy

Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:15 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm print and cut problems

Replies: 40

Views: 20185

Found another "think it works better" type method too Dan - I always do "Environment Match" before I start the cut procedure, seems to work well.

Andy

Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on sign frames

Replies: 8

Views: 1607

Advice needed on sign frames

Morning all, I really need some "hand holding" with this as I've never involved myself with sign frames before! We have a large palisade security fence at the front of the unit and would like to install a couple of large signs. I've tried dibond straight to the fence but it looks a bit sla...

Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: anyone else got major probs with hotmail?

Replies: 10

Views: 1461

didnt know I'd gone anywhere Rob - I just exist in the shadows waiting to spring on a reply like a ninja (bully)

Robert Lambie wrote:
Andy Blackett wrote:What about updating your browser Hugh? Of maybe try swopping Firefox for Internet explorer or vice versa?


also, good to see you back on the boards Andy, great stuff mate. :wink:

Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Eye letting machine advice please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2253

I'd put forward DTP supplies - they have there own tooling department so can make specials etc to order. I cant remember how much it was but its lasted donkeys and will probably outlast my career! http://www.dtpsupplies.co.uk we deal with John Preston I use their nickel plated eyelets - again like t...

Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:26 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: P-CUT0630 - problem with contour cutting

Replies: 3

Views: 2766

Can't help with the particular plotter but you can save as anything you want in notepad. Just choose "all files" in the save window then in the file name window put say "test.csm" without the quote marks

Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: anyone else got major probs with hotmail?

Replies: 10

Views: 1461

What about updating your browser Hugh? Of maybe try swopping Firefox for Internet explorer or vice versa?

Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:06 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Sp300v where to start with profiles?

Replies: 7

Views: 1572

I tend to use the Oracal 3164 profile for all my vinyl work. Its whatever you find works best for you. The only time I alter is if I set it to do "Max Impact" rather than the standard setting, specially if I want my colours to really pop out. I tend to go to http://download.rolanddg.jp/en/...

Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Static Cling does not cling - Any Ideas

Replies: 14

Views: 1908

Mouths watering at the thought Dan.... let us know as and when you do mate :wink:

Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Static Cling does not cling - Any Ideas

Replies: 14

Views: 1908

Jamie Wood wrote:We rarely use white self cling any more - too many problems. We've gone back to
using clear with a white back-up.


Same boat as Jamie!

Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:59 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Engineer for Uniform Cadet Plus 1400C SP540

Replies: 6

Views: 2168

Derek Heron wrote:just a thumbs up for colin tupman

:thumbup2:

top man

derek


I'll second that too - good bloke and incredibly knowledgable.

Andy

Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:10 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed Images Changes mid way through print.

Replies: 2

Views: 798

I'd hazard a guess at static, I've used static cling before and its a pain for static buildup.

Maybe try unrolling the media on the back of the machine first, let it stand a little and re-try

Andy

Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:43 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: is there an automatic image drop into a grid?

Replies: 5

Views: 2297

I'd use photopaint and record a macro to re-size/crop them as squares (or get them all to 5x7 etc so its uniform) Using either the "device independant postscript file" virtual printer or print to adobe acrobat distiller. Using the print imposition tool under the layout tab I'd create a pag...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bag of cloth suppliers?

Replies: 1

Views: 813

Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what substrate is suitable for white board markers?

Replies: 3

Views: 1032

We get ours from Dry-Tac, its called pro-scribe.

Andy

Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: After long Media clamps fpr SP300v

Replies: 7

Views: 1388

quite regularly they are only very small and it is usually towards the middle of the vinyl, I have noticed that the vinyl seems to raise slightly towards the center even though I have the vacuum on fully. Dont bother wasting your money on the clamps stu - they only really stop the head getting caug...

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: QR codes help

Replies: 11

Views: 1529

Just found this one which negates the tracing step;

http://qrcode.littleidiot.be/

It will let you download the finished code as pdf, eps and others

Andy

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:43 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Apple & Versaworks

Replies: 9

Views: 3229

some more suggestions here;

http://www.macwindows.com/emulator.html

Andy

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Apple & Versaworks

Replies: 9

Views: 3229

Not a mac man at all but remember one of the lads at work was on about http://www.winehq.org/

Its a window emulator for mac, so theoretically you should be able to run the windows version of versaworks on your mac

Andy

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: QR codes help

Replies: 11

Views: 1529

Hi Mike, I used http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ on a recent job (on the laser engraver) It'll download as a png graphic but they trace beautifully in corel. I think I got these down to about 15mm square on the tags - don't think theres a maximum size, as long as the lens on the reading device can fit it in...

Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:45 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Custom cut feature on Versaworks

Replies: 5

Views: 2180

The 100mm spacing didnt work, tried it today. The machine tried to find them but stopped about 20mm short, I've got some other jobs printing at the moment with a 60mm page space, I reckon this will be ok. The take up system; I wouldnt do it with the standard "chinese style" ones, I had one...

Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pen Printing suppliers

Replies: 2

Views: 1208

Senator pens, they are trade only. Or try premiumportfolio.com, the company behind this is Laltex, again trade only. I normally go on the tact of "I have a client who would like some....." Premium Portfolio is a good one to get into as you get a big A4 book full of goodies that you can off...

Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:25 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Custom cut feature on Versaworks

Replies: 5

Views: 2180

Roland to the rescue.....

Kai from tech supported reckons the following is the solution;

100mm page space set in versaworks
Turn off sheet cut
Use take up roller

Andy

Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:55 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Custom cut feature on Versaworks

Replies: 5

Views: 2180

Custom cut feature on Versaworks

Morning All, I've been suing the custom cut feature on versaworks for a while now to break large batches of stickers into small sheets for accurate cutting. After laminating; the machine has detected the crops and successfully cut the first sheet - it sheet cuts this off and drops it to the floor. W...

Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What do you do with the old signs you remove?

Replies: 12

Views: 2135

I'd imagine, and I might well be wrong, that she paid you for it so ownership would change hands to her at that time.

Although there is the argument that she abandoned it and at that point it "might" be classed as commercial waste :lol1:

Andy

Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting Motocross laminate

Replies: 3

Views: 1353

Heaters (both print and dry) on full as it will soften the laminate and make it easier to cut...... honest :wink:
Andy

Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone got a BRABANTIA bin with a busted lid? youl like this

Replies: 12

Views: 2547

Hi Mo, Thanks mate I'll bare these in mind, I've highlighted the subjects I'm interested in PC's Builds and maintenance Changing Nappies got that badge already working late late nights are for pool and drinking not working putting fires out next time I encounter a fire I'll post a message requesting...

Arrived, looking spanking!!! Not the sort of great instruction I'd of expected to get from here but its helped all the same ;O)

Andy

Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roller Shutter Prints

Replies: 2

Views: 914

Hi Peter,

Sounds like the right idea anyway, had a visit from Gill (william smith) who suggested the same as you.

I'm just printing a test one now and will hope to fit next week - watch this space.

Andy

Cheers fella!!!

If ours arrives (ordered through the brabantia website) I'll be out of the dog house! I managed to break ours whilst under the influence :oops:

Andy

Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roller Shutter Prints

Replies: 2

Views: 914

Roller Shutter Prints

Evening All, My boss has just seen an editorial in our local chamber of commerce magazine about a company offering graphics onto roller shutters (full colour prints not cut vinyl) Anyone give me the heads up on how these are setup, fitted etc as he wants me to do all of ours as advertising space :-?...

Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:00 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Help Finding a Tunic Supplier (Beauty Salon)

Replies: 4

Views: 3708

Try Alexandra http://www.alexandra.co.uk/catalogue/beauty/tunics/

We used to get loads of tunics for our veterinary clients before subbing it out for embroidery. Ring and get trade pricing though as I think these are retail

Andy

Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: digital print how much left on a roll

Replies: 15

Views: 4165

Ah got it, thanks Phil!!

Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: digital print how much left on a roll

Replies: 15

Views: 4165

Hi Andy Its Sheet Remain you set the full roll length then 'PRINT MEMO' when you come to take the media off the machine 'PRINT MEMO again and it prints the remaining roll length on the trailing edge of the media Being blond (not grey for a change!!) is this in versaworks?? if so where am I not look...

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Coloured Envelope Suppliers

Replies: 4

Views: 1270

Just for clarification David, had a good long chat with them and samples were good but never placed an order so cant comment too much.

Use your own gut feeling though I'm sure you'll be fine

Andy

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: digital print for curtain siders

Replies: 12

Views: 3519

Try All Print Supplies, dont know if they do the media you require but they sell their digital stuff by the metre

Andy

Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Urgent - Backlit Printing Problem

Replies: 4

Views: 1138

Dont risk it Adam, I've been there and thought its been dry and when I've tried to seperate the prints they've been stuck together.

Andy

Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: digital print how much left on a roll

Replies: 15

Views: 4165

Robert T Walker wrote:Hi Bob,
i did use the Roland tool for printing the remaining amount on a roll
but its a bit of a faff

now i just have a spread sheet and put a code on the inside of the core


Robert, how do you use this - always remember hearing about it but never managed to find it!

Andy

Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Urgent - Backlit Printing Problem

Replies: 4

Views: 1138

Try a different profile, I find oracal 3164 is a good one when drying on media is a problem. Failing that put a halogen heater in front of the printer to dry the prints as they come off the machine

Andy

Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Coloured Envelope Suppliers

Replies: 4

Views: 1270

Try "Flaps", met them at a show last year;

http://www.flapsenvelopes.co.uk/

Andy

Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for wooden directory sign board suppliers

Replies: 1

Views: 744

Hi Warren,

Speak to Felicity at Morans Wood Components, http://www.moranswoodcomponents.co.uk/

Am sure I've seen them on their brochures before, if not it'll be a good starting point

Andy

Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cleaning engraved anodised plates

Replies: 9

Views: 4124

Oh and when you're using the cloth try proper thinners rather than meths, its stronger so will draw it off a bit quicker

Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:04 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cleaning engraved anodised plates

Replies: 9

Views: 4124

Hi John,

We used a 3M fine sanding pad (the ones that look like a sink sponge) and some turps. Should draw the paint off without removing all the anodised surface.

When its clean just wipe off with a clean soft cloth

Andy

Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:03 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How can i display the measurements on my approval?

Replies: 15

Views: 6391

I'm just chuffed to bits that all these big player software packages dont have the measurement tool that corel has :cool: Click the freehand flyout menu, click measurements, Choose unit of measurement, positioning of dimension. Click first node, click second - format the font and off we go :wink: My...

Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:43 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: sp300 not printing yellow and cant get in Service Mode

Replies: 2

Views: 2098

Hi Ian, This might not be the most constructive response (or the answer your looking for)....... but it might be time to call in an engineer. The time you take not manufacturing, add in the possibility of damaging the machine further then its just not worth the hassle of trying to fix it yourself :D...

Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:28 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Fantastic tool for vehicle graphics - Black Mamba

Replies: 18

Views: 5934

yip i particularly like the video ...should be titled "how to scratch and cut the living crap out of your customers van by using an old a bike chain and a knife" :point: too true!! I particularly like the disappointed faces he pulls at the camera man when misses his cue or trips over his ...

Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:11 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone suggest methods for printing banners correctly?

Replies: 13

Views: 6169

We use the frontlit from Papergraphics, not had a problem with it. In the past though we had wrinkles like that and it was down to tension as the machine tried to unroll the media from the roll. Have you tried unwinding the roll on the back so the machine just pulls against say 1m of loose media rat...

Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flag Pole Suppliers

Replies: 11

Views: 3732

Speak to Harrison Flagpoles in Darlington;
http://www.flagpoles.co.uk/flagpoles

Always looked after me on stuff like this

Andy

Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the clear cover in a poster frame?

Replies: 10

Views: 1825

Amari do Anti-glare 1mm thick, 8' x 4' its about twenty quid. Also 0.7mm thick too.

Andy

Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: logo'd plastic carrier bags

Replies: 2

Views: 910

Hi Cheryl,

Speak to Carl at Oversolve, 0115 9410600, www.oversolve.co.uk - trade only too.

Andy

Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vista - Ashby Inserts..What do people use

Replies: 7

Views: 1312

We use vinyl with laminate mounted onto 1mm thick forex. You can also apply vinyl/lam onto the clear polycarb (think thats what it is) that comes in the directories

Andy

Wed May 25, 2011 7:55 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Thinking of getting a laminater ..... any suggestions ?

Replies: 18

Views: 4359

I'd like to agree on the seal ones - we have an old image 600. Air powered rollers and infinate pressure adjustment.

Have a word with laaco laminates (Simon Dobson) he refurbs these older machines, as well as others.

Andy

Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Suppliers of Orabond 1395

Replies: 5

Views: 1375

Hi Raman,

You'll only get it from Robert Horne I believe, I'm one of those that use it - its great!

Andy

Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ultra Removeable Vinyl

Replies: 3

Views: 1195

Hi John,

Try Oracals 3162 ultra removable, I've printed it with good results on our Roland.

Andy

Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:46 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Looking for doublesided sticky roll

Replies: 4

Views: 2738

Try googling mount tape Steve, comes in various sizes and 100m roll lengths - we get ours from papergraphics in 1067mm size but its available up to 1300mm I believe.

Best wishes
Andy

Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:49 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Versacamm 'dropout banding' advice needed please?

Replies: 32

Views: 12031

We get the pale horizontal stripes too - have never managed to rid them permanently, some colours just seem worse than others - particularly so when we're printing a big background of a particular colour, usually cyans. I'd wondered about upgrading the dampers to higher capacity ones like the ones f...

Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advise on the removal of Packaging tape from a floor?

Replies: 4

Views: 1332

Get a Stanley paint scraper under it Jason (the type that has a Stanley blade fixed in the end) then just remove the adhesive with tar and glue. Maybe do a test under a desk or workbench to check the tar and glue doesn't react with the tiles - cant imagine it would on ceramic but a slim possibility ...

Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What to do with empty ink carts

Replies: 13

Views: 2989

Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:12 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Xerox Document Centre Colorseries 50

Replies: 27

Views: 9639

One more to try, and again apologies if it sounds a stupid suggestion! When we first got our C350 I couldnt get it to connect to the network. When the engineer came out I had the network cable plugged in a "dummy" port which is blanked off if the machine had been fitted with a built in con...

Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Xerox Document Centre Colorseries 50

Replies: 27

Views: 9639

Are the subnet and default gateways set correctly on the printer/copier to your network settings too? Have you tried rebooting the fiery? On our old Bizhub C350 it was temperamental and needed to be on/off a few times to click on. One good thing to try would be to download commandworkstation from th...

Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:49 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Xerox Document Centre Colorseries 50

Replies: 27

Views: 9639

Just a few things to check Karl (and sorry if you've already tried them!) as we've just got a big Konica Bizhub C500 pro in I've seen a few issues and managed to work around them. If you know the IP address for the printer, try typing that into internet explorer/firefox and see if it connects to the...

Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on suitable board material for tipper body

Replies: 6

Views: 1157

hoarding board has a thinner skin, and is only finished on one side, and the finish is not as good as the skybond I would go for skybond for the extra cost, Peter Most of the stuff we do now is digital - if you're mounting a laminated print onto composite just use hoarding, you'll never know the sk...

Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Self Healing Mats

Replies: 12

Views: 2498

I'm with Peter, we have two 10' x 5' workbenches with safety glass surfaces. No static, can clean with anything you like, no cutting marks and last forever. I've tried the jag one and didn't get on very well with it, loads of cutting grooves and it curled like a banana. Andy cherwell also do them, a...

Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can you dome on carbon fiber?

Replies: 7

Views: 1403

I'm with Chris, doming the textured carbon fibre will just give you a sheet of "flat" gloss black vinyl, it wont have the pattern of the carbon at all. I've tried it with 3M and with APA's - I think the polyurethane just throws the light around differently so all the peaks and troughs disa...

Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: wooden discs supplier

Replies: 3

Views: 909

Best bet I reckon would be Morans wood components

Andy

Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printable Magnetic Vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 2333

If its for fridge magnets speak to Abel magnets, we get rolls of the stuff for a fraction of the grafityp price. I've never tried printing it...... until today!! It was absolutely fine, just put the head on high setting, temps as normal. I think as long as you unwind the amount you need so the machi...

Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of Tek Screw Caps - White 10mm Hex Required

Replies: 4

Views: 1460

Try the sitebox? Had a few sizes from there

Andy

Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Small Businesses and the Internet

Replies: 29

Views: 4955

done

Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New Baby arrival...

Replies: 30

Views: 4681

Congratulations Ian, what fantastic news!

Andy

Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: KPMF Uncontactable anyone got through?

Replies: 15

Views: 5336

Just read some terrible news on another forum, apparantly Liz had passed away in August...... at 38 years old its just terrible.

I was never her biggest customer and did have some problems with the company when they were about to fold but this news is truly awful

Andy

Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Buying vinyl stock from china

Replies: 37

Views: 6448

Andy,

Seriously suggest you amend your post mate, declaring your purchase if of a lesser value than actual could be viewed as tax "fiddling" - not saying anyone on here would shop you but its a small world.

Just a friendly warning :wink:

Andy

Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bloody neighbours and their uncontrolled dog.!

Replies: 16

Views: 2486

So sorry to hear your story David - sounds awful mate. Hope you and Kim are ok now. I've always been a bit nervous around dogs (especially barking, jumpy ones!) but have got a bit better over the last few years. Recently though I had a confidence knock - me and my little lad were on a bike ride and ...

Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Most efficient way to heat a workshop?

Replies: 8

Views: 1300

We have three inverter pump air con units in our production room, its about 18m x 8m off the top of my head - and about 4m to the highest point of the ceiling. These do a pretty good job through the autumn months, we just have them coming on an hour before we arrive and the place is nice and toasty....

Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:20 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: I've just ordered two VS-640's

Replies: 11

Views: 3690

Versaworks is a breeze Shane - theres not much you cant do with it.

Its just a series of about 8 tabs which contain your job options - you'll be fine I'm sure :wink:

Andy

Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:15 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Grenadier IP address help

Replies: 6

Views: 3462

Evening Johnny,

I dont know the grenadier machine exactly but to find the IP address I'd suggest plugging it directly into your PC or laptop with the lan cable.

Go to control panel - network and internet - network and sharing centre - network map

It should give you the detail you need

Andy

Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pop up Banner Material

Replies: 8

Views: 1052

Recently started using a company called SMI technology who make a pop up material which works out cheaper than hydrosol. I prefer this new one though as the grey has an anti-scratch coat on where as the hydrosol doesnt. I agree that matte is a better option for these, dries quicker. Laminate - we al...

Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:51 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: batch conversion software needed

Replies: 3

Views: 1467

You could try in corel photopaint (file - batch process), havent got any eps files on the laptop to try but works a treat normally

Andy

Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:12 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: How to make slate house signs

Replies: 5

Views: 4365

Thats where we used to get it from Peter, our supplier used to use it a fair bit... more for bathroom worktops and special fireplaces. Just a general stoneworking place... I only say kitchen worktop place as they are likely to have the equipment to cut and finish properly. If you are serious enough ...

Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:52 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: How to make slate house signs

Replies: 5

Views: 4365

Speak to your local kitchen worktop manufacturer, its something they tend to have in stock. Make sure they put a bevel on the edges front and back as it can splinter/shatter if its not finished properly. Any decent mill engraving machine with tungsten carbide tipped cutters will work.... slate is ni...

Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:41 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Colour matching issues.

Replies: 7

Views: 3962

When you have a only K vector image or a grayscale photo you can force the plotter to print only with the black cartridge select in VersaWorks "Preserve Primary Colors" in the Color Management Properties windows. Here a screenshot: D. Pint for Daniele.... got me out of a pickle today, che...

Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Where to buy better media holders/flanges??

Replies: 7

Views: 1763

I've stopped using them, found when we put a big roll of banner on them (even with the rings fastened up next to them) it would eventually wiggle so much the media was tracking off course. Our tech guy suggested ditching them, tracking has improved no end. Just dump your roll of media straight on th...
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