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Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2016 - Who's going?

Replies: 66

Views: 8303

Re: Sign UK 2016 - Who's going?

Hopefully going to get down myself this year be good to catch up with a few faces

Kev

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Newbie help supplier

Replies: 3

Views: 1005

Re: Newbie help supplier

Hi
there are some companies selling blanks out there but they will carry a price tag, most will cut sheets up themselves.
An introduction in the hello section would probably get more replies

Kev

Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on Mitre Cuts with Nova Trim

Replies: 13

Views: 2435

Re: Advice on Mitre Cuts with Nova Trim

David make the frame to the size that you want then minus 25mm off the dimensions for the panel size this is for the standard size trim that has 30mm face & your using a 10-12mm hanging strip. Before selling up i had wall saw for panel cutting & saw as per picture for aluminium & metal c...

Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:20 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Blue lines in print - mainly when printing grey

Replies: 11

Views: 2706

Re: Blue lines in print - mainly when printing grey

Hi
whats your test print/ nozzle check like looks like you are getting deflection from cyan head

Kev

Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:02 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: How i got my heads back.

Replies: 11

Views: 2927

Re: How i got my heads back.

Always used bulldog clips myself, another little trick to use if your heads are at the point of possible changing so you have nothing to loose soak a folded up piece of good quality kitchen towel or lint free wipe in cleaning solution. Lower the heads & place on top of capping station raise back...

Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:29 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: How i got my heads back.

Replies: 11

Views: 2927

Re: How i got my heads back.

Word of caution when pinching the pipes ensure they are flowing freely after wards as the inner walls can stack together if they have been pinched for a while especially when the pump then apply's a vacuum to it. Doesn't happen every time but can when you remove what ever you used to pinch it just m...

Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roller door Insulation help?

Replies: 10

Views: 1573

Re: Roller door Insulation help?

Is a good point with the strips i had curtains that our a local sail maker made for me, use to hem our banners as well

Kev

Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Replies: 15

Views: 2159

Re: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Hi got to agree part doesn't look good do you have a RS electrical stores up in Scotland if not you could get part sent by post link looks to be a replacement part for it. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/power-line-filters/2192915/?origin=null|fp&cm_sp=featureproducts-_-FeaturedProductsContent-_-2...

Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Replies: 15

Views: 2159

Re: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Craig
load a picture up of the parts and any part numbers you can find, if the parts can be matched it might actually cost pennies to repair

kev

Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roller door Insulation help?

Replies: 10

Views: 1573

Re: Roller door Insulation help?

Warren search garage curtain fits inside the roller shutter its just a pvc curtain but if you fit it correctly with a pelmet over the sliding gear be a runner or pole & attach the sides it will help keeping drafts down etc. Also ideal in the summer to have door open as keeps dirt etc from blowin...

Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: OPPs think he may have a problem

Replies: 0

Views: 877

OPPs think he may have a problem

Think someone may have disturbed this sign maker whilst he was designing this one :oops:

Kev

Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Replies: 15

Views: 2159

Re: GMP Excelam-1670RS or JBC Titan 110165 Laminator Issue

Hi if you are changing the fuse and its tripping the building then there is something seriously wrong finding the second fuse is not going to solve this. Sounds like either the motor as an issue or the rheostat governing the speed control etc could also check the cable for any worn through parts esp...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Air Compressors to minimize dust & dirt

Replies: 8

Views: 1531

Re: Air Compressors to minimize dust & dirt

Spraying the back of acrylic & leaving it wet also cuts down on static created on the front surface

Kev

Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VS-640i DPI

Replies: 14

Views: 3534

Re: Roland VS-640i DPI

Daniel
profile issue 720dpi should be perfect for what you are doing chances are you are getting too much ink and that is causing the problem so 1440dpi may actually give you a bigger problem. Are you printing vector or bitmap and what colour

Kev

Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:51 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Stupid inks and nozzle loss help!!!!!

Replies: 16

Views: 4744

Re: Stupid inks and nozzle loss help!!!!!

Hi could be as Dave & Stafford have said but have seen the same happen when flushing and changing inks. Basically two incompatible inks solidify inside the head and float around blocking the nozzles intermittently. Think i would be speaking to the engineer who has been playing around with it. Kev

Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Prints on Curtainside trailers - advice please on APA vinyl?

Replies: 24

Views: 10540

Re: Prints on Curtainside trailers - advice please on APA vi

Hi
you would be better getting a curtain printed rather than using vinyl on a complete curtain believe someone on the boards does it complete ready to fit

Kev

Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: C Bland General signage

Replies: 9

Views: 2570

Re: C Bland General signage

Nice work as always Colin

Kev

Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl (Avery 700) does not stick that well on painted wall

Replies: 3

Views: 1467

Re: Vinyl (Avery 700) does not stick that well on painted wa

Tim
sometimes it can be the paint isn't able to accept vinyl had it before where the only stuff we could use was high tac even then it when on with little grab but never came off. It was a while ago but sure it was a matt emulsion that caused problem but as i said long time ago

Kev

Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: roland xc540 pro111 head fault

Replies: 5

Views: 1705

Re: roland xc540 pro111 head fault

Shawn might be worth having a set of captops replaced and maybe dampers they only use to rate them for 6-12 months really depend how much use, cleaning regime and when last changed. No real reason for you to get a blockage etc if all are good. has Chris said low carts can be a pain especially with f...

Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4371

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Rob
just uncheck each extension and turn them on one by one shouldn'y have to uninstall just enable or dis-enable them

Kev

Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Replies: 20

Views: 2140

Re: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Phil
Glad you got it sorted out, invest in a decent Pneumatic rotary hammer SDS drill it will make light work of drilling

Kev

Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4371

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Rob
isn't a plugin or extension you have enabled in chrome thats causing the issue (antivirus,PDF or word reader etc)

Kev

Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4371

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Rob
sorry for the late reply i run Chrome no problems showing

Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:50 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4371

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Happy New Year to you & yours Rob
all good hear no probs what so ever with the site

Kev

Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Recent wall graphics opinions

Replies: 4

Views: 1463

Re: Recent wall graphics opinions

Mark don't look to be much wrong with that, following on from your last thread hope you priced it right as that is the secret to growth and providing a stable income (and i don't mean pricing it cheaply) One little critique would be i would have tried to cover the face of the switch with the cut out...

Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Replies: 20

Views: 2140

Re: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Phil sometimes the drill you are using is just as important as the bits you are using, i've always used a Pneumatic rotary hammer SDS drill have had good make standard hammer drills that will not touch some materials but never had problem using the PRH. Similar to this http://www.kress-elektrik.com/...

Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: premises, other half problems, and growth advice

Replies: 30

Views: 5161

Re: premises, other half problems, and growth advice

Mark i really hate to say this but your wife is talking sense, you need to keep your overheads as low as possible for as long as possible many signmakers on the boards work as you do and i did for a long time. You need to find some of the bigger work and get a steady income from it before you commit...

Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas to you all

Replies: 12

Views: 2831

Re: Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Has anyone ever fitted Muraspec Strataflex

Replies: 0

Views: 1050

Has anyone ever fitted Muraspec Strataflex

Hi guys has the title says wondered if anyone had fitted the above product and what it was like to work with.

Kev

Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Sign Locator glue

Replies: 8

Views: 2295

Re: Sign Locator glue

Martin
thats the nice thing about the Simson single part can be left and then unsealed and go again with the prep clean and primer it will bond virtually to all materials even direct to brick. I have also used primer & cleaner with double sided tape etc

Kev

Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:10 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Sign Locator glue

Replies: 8

Views: 2295

Re: Sign Locator glue

Phil i've always used Simson ISR 70-03 can be got with a primer & prep M will bond disimilar products and allows for movement very strong and have used for glueing sign channel on 3mtr x 1.5 pole sign over 5 years ago and it is still hanging today. Amari etc normally stock it not cheap but a ver...

Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:42 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexi saying I'm in the demo

Replies: 12

Views: 4590

Re: Flexi saying I'm in the demo

Yes that sounds like the dongle which you would have with 10 put that back in and program should run, even with new disc unless its a cracked version it will not work without the dongle

Kev

Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:12 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexi saying I'm in the demo

Replies: 12

Views: 4590

Re: Flexi saying I'm in the demo

Hi
does depend what version is being used latest version is cloud based so no dongle checks status by signing on to SAI

Kev

Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the best adhesive for Foamex? Advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1292

Re: What is the best adhesive for Foamex? Advice please?

I've always used mitre fix nice quick and easy, (basically super glue with activator) window fitters use it all the time for trims

Kev

Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:01 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Advice on what PC to buy?

Replies: 15

Views: 9550

Re: Advice on what PC to buy?

Hi
tower will out perform a laptop mainly due to heat dissipation but does depend on how intensive your work is, i would be going for I7, 4or5 series 16gb ram with ssd for operating system and 500gb drive for storage

Kev

Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Subbing out sign manufacturing to foreign country?

Replies: 1

Views: 895

Re: Subbing out sign manufacturing to foreign country?

Hi
unless you are making something very bespoke i would be very cautious as you say shipping costs are prohibitive so why are they sourcing overseas especially if you can easily find a sign maker to make them in Canada

Kev

Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: APPY-PPL issues scam

Replies: 17

Views: 4474

Re: APPY-PPL issues scam

I would seriously not ignore these papers but check them out with a solicitor if this is a court summons then it will be found in their favor if you do not put in a defense. From that point you will end up with bailiffs on your door and a bigger bill. County Court Business Centre was set up to speed...

Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: APPY-PPL issues scam

Replies: 17

Views: 4474

Re: APPY-PPL issues scam

John I filed against a customer, never gave any more invoices other than the original sent only thing i sent them was a letter stating if the account was not settled then i would take legal action through county court, why would you send more than 1 invoice. Your terms state payment time once this a...

Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: APPY-PPL issues scam

Replies: 17

Views: 4474

Re: APPY-PPL issues scam

David there's no order if someone owes you money you can file application online, court then sends out papers to the person who owes the money allowing you defend it if they do not respond a judgement will be entered against you. The County Court Business Centre has been set up to deal with this typ...

Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: APPY-PPL issues scam

Replies: 17

Views: 4474

Re: APPY-PPL issues scam

Jean, sorry think i'm going to upset your weekend some more, don't think the court is dodgy, because it comes up on .GOV.UK site which is reserved for government bodies only https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/northampton-business-centre/ccbc you will get a chance to defend it though if you think they...

Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help please with specific reflective vinyl and supplier?

Replies: 6

Views: 1781

Re: Help please with specific reflective vinyl and supplier?

Hi
can't understand why you would need flexible vinyl for composite, flex would normally be used for flexible plastic or curtain sides etc

Kev

Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:24 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1841

Re: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Mo
don't know if you have a copy to hand so link is for manual

http://www.summa.be/download/sc_en.pdf

Kev

Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:04 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1841

Re: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Mo
is it definately set to cutting tool because Pen & Pounce tool can sometimes have a maximum speed to run so ignore increases made on control panel etc

Kev

Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:43 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE6000-60 plotter cutting issue - help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1263

Re: Graphtec CE6000-60 plotter cutting issue - help please?

Daniel the rail the cutting head is running on is out of line with the bed this could be someone has fitted a cutting strip incorrectly or may be the machine is not sitting on an even flat floor. Takes very little to go from cutting to scoring

Kev

Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:32 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1841

Re: Summacut very slow cut despite settings - help please?

Mo
firmware upgrade could give you more probs if there is a fault already, its been awhile but sure if you go through menu you will find a rest to factory which will remove all user settings if this don't cure the fault then may be speak to someone like Art Systems or Harry at Edward mathius

Kev

Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Supply and fit pricing - what's a good rule of thumb?

Replies: 8

Views: 2298

Re: Supply and fit pricing...

But the prolem is he will want is other 250 windows at the same price, you haven't allowed for cutting in to full width material, travel etc etc

Kev

Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help required sourcing split batten suppliers, please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3239

Re: Help required sourcing split batten suppliers, please?

David
we just run a 50mm strip of18mm MDF through table saw @ 45 degrees or there abouts, weight forces angles together and the 18mm gap gives a nice stand off fixing free look

Kev

Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:22 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: VS-640 White looks light blue issue - help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 3026

Re: VS-640 White looks light blue

Hi
its been a while since playing with the Roland white machines but are you using the white from the Roland palette in Corel because if not then as far as i can remember it shouldn't be using the white but as i said its been a while

Kev

Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:21 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Choices Choices (eco)solvent vs latex - advice please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2097

Re: Choices Choices (eco)solvent vs latex - advice please?

Tim my print room was central heated switched on all the time with stat to come on at 10 degress, best idea is to make a small print only room but big enough to store media & have printer in there. Fit it out with low consumption green house heaters which keep a constant heat and only cost penni...

Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:17 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: LED wiring catching fire

Replies: 2

Views: 1342

Re: LED wiring catching fire

its why even on low voltage grommets should be used when cables pass through panels

Kev

Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl suitable for a RIB Rescue Boat?

Replies: 8

Views: 1637

Re: Vinyl suitable for a RIB Rescue Boat?

Hi Rob
no mate believe it is actually a rubberised / flexible paint which you can also get as a micro reflective product

Kev

Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl suitable for a RIB Rescue Boat?

Replies: 8

Views: 1637

Re: Vinyl suitable for a RIB

this might make some interesting reading

http://www.ribforceinflatables.com/the- ... able-boat/

Kev

Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sourcing a supplier of engraved stainless steel sign - help?

Replies: 8

Views: 2239

Re: Sourcing a supplier of engraved stainless steel sign - h

Rich
have used Badge & Engraving before very nice work they produce

https://www.engravingworldltd.com/

Kev

Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing dibond signs to scaffold poles - advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1533

Re: Fixing diabond signs to scaffold poles

Normally they don't want to pay for the channel so are always looking for cheaper ways of fixing, i've used pipe clamps before as below. holds the board tight to poles for strength normally 3 on top row same on bottom, just keep your holes in a nice pattern for tidy look.

kev

Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing dibond signs to scaffold poles - advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1533

Re: Fixing diabond signs to scaffold poles

Hi
are you looking to use mounting rail or just looking for clamp to screw to board

Kev

Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:40 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Water to solvent head conversion - advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1698

Re: Water to solvent head conversion - advice please?

Hi
you might be better off going to digiprint used them on several occasions without any problems use to give a discount to board members ad on homepage

http://www.digiprint-supplies.com/epson ... lvent.html

Kev

Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Traditional Sign Writing

Replies: 0

Views: 688

Traditional Sign Writing

Hi seems to be a lot of chat re the very talented Traditional Sign Writers, i myself enjoy looking at the beautiful work the do. The link below is to Terry Bull's facebook page who is a member of the boards but isn't on here much nowadays hope you enjoy looking at his variety of work https://www.fac...

Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: High Tack CAD Vinyl - recommendations please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2676

Re: High Tack CAD Vinyl

David
there are finishes put on some machine to repel dirt etc, but standard powder coat matt or gloss should accept standard vinyl ok. You may find its a test it and see apply & leave for 24/48hrs and then check

Kev

Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: High Tack CAD Vinyl - recommendations please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2676

Re: High Tack CAD Vinyl

David
have applied std vinyl to loads of Powder Coated panels, posts etc never had a problem at a push apply a little heat. Orange peel shouldn't cause to much of a problem especially if a little heat is used. High tack may give you more problems than you think it will solve

Kev

Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:31 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP L26500 Printing Issues, HELP!

Replies: 2

Views: 1465

Re: HP L26500 Printing Issues, HELP!

Hi
don't have a Hp but i would be trying a new printhead or maybe a cartridge you can have problems with either of these definitely too nuch ink coming through

Kev

Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:54 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Artwork file - cut in flexi - best type of file to save to?

Replies: 3

Views: 1157

Re: Artwork file - cut in flexi

Hi
Photo shop is a bitmap editor so you won't get cuttable files from that. I found that EPS out of Illustrator is best if you use AI you will sometimes get a load of stray lines through your file.

Kev

Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:17 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My first attempt at making an out-gassing cabinet

Replies: 10

Views: 3548

Re: My first attempt at making an out-gassing cabinet

John, nice bit of engineering. The fan doesn't need to be strong, solvent is heavy & naturally fulls, so long as you have bottom vents a trickle fan to help things along should be fine. A strong fan as more chance of sucking dirt particles in to the box unless you want to filter the air intake, ...

Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:07 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Etch Cutting without border - help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2430

Re: Etch Cutting without border

Hi
use 8.5 myself but if you just turn weed border off, it should just cut the lettering

Kev

Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: One way perforated digital vinyl peeling issue - help please

Replies: 8

Views: 2315

Re: One way perforated digital vinyl peeling issue - help pl

Hi
the fact that it is only on the overlap could be that it doesn't like sticking to itself, have seen this on perforated vinyl going on to plastics with plasticisers in etc

Kev

Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hugh's tied the Knot!

Replies: 11

Views: 2745

Re: Hugh's tied the Knot!

Congratulations Hugh,

Kev

Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:56 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mimaki CJV-30 magenta running problems - help please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2205

Re: Mimaki CJV-30 magenta running problems - help please?

Hi
just an observation but could it be the loading mechanism as worn or pulling on electrical cable etc

Kev

Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2779

Re: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Hi
Normally dye sub is affected by UV more than standard inks

Kev

Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:41 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Machines gone bang - engineer required south London please.

Replies: 5

Views: 1888

Re: Machines gone bang - engineer required south London plea

James
don't think that will happen if its result of a power surge

Kev

Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Mobile Sign Supplies - anyone heard of them?

Replies: 7

Views: 2103

Re: Mobile Sign Supplies - anyone heard of them?

Have to say not purchased from them myself but do know of other signmakers who have and they never seem to complain about them

Kev

Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Mobile Sign Supplies - anyone heard of them?

Replies: 7

Views: 2103

Re: Mobile Sign Supplies - anyone heard of them?

Phil
we have these around our way don't know of any problems with them although could be a different lot. They sell DG Cal vinyl and other products

http://mobilesignsupplies.com/

Kev

Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:03 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Red color is missing on printouts - Roland SC 500 - help?

Replies: 4

Views: 1445

Re: Red color is missing on printouts

Hi
if your nozzle print is ok, then may be magenta dampers blocked it gets enough ink to do nozzle print but not enough for full colour although you do normally see some red to start with

Kev

Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:39 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice needed, Plasti-Dip removal?

Replies: 5

Views: 2155

Re: plasticdip removal

Pressure washer?

Kev

Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:46 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Printer - Cyan banding problem, please help?

Replies: 9

Views: 2419

Re: Roland Printer - Cyan banding problem, please help?

Hi as said you need to check with a syringe that the capping station is sealing and allowing a vacuum to be formed, fitting a new cap does not guarantee this,

Kev

Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:59 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Adjusting Page Size in Flexisign - help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1609

Re: Adjust Page Size

Kev
what version of Flexi are you using, yes you have to in put page size manually because if you are designing in Flexi you normally st page size to your blank size first. You can have no page showing if you click the little arrow in design central you can turn border off etc.

Kev

Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:15 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice on a cheap Seiko 64s colour painter printer, please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1393

Re: Advice on a cheap Seiko 64s colour painter printer, plea

Daniel
you would be better looking for a cheap Versacamm and just out source your larger prints you can maintain a Roland yourself if you are savvy

Kev

Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:12 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Can someone help with designs supplied to me?

Replies: 11

Views: 3320

Re: Can someone help with designs supplied to me?

In Flexi create correct size rectangle to front select all and Mask anything outside of the rectangle will be hidden

Kev

Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:33 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Printer - Cyan banding problem, please help?

Replies: 9

Views: 2419

Re: Roland Printer - Cyan banding problem, please help?

Looking at the print i would be looking to see if you have any fluff on the head as you have smudges up to the print, this is normally caused by debris on the head or static. I would soak the head over night to see if you can get nozzles back, have you checked to see if the capping station is actual...

Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying large graphics, using a laminator - help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1266

Re: Applying large graphics, using a laminator

Hi it can be done especially if your laminator has roller lift up mechanism, best way is to put you board in to the mid point slide your graphic in and align, lower rollers. Peel backing off until mid point and slit across approx 2 inches from roller and fold paper under. Roll first half down, roll ...

Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Latest engraved pieces

Replies: 3

Views: 1529

Re: Latest engraved pieces

very nice work Andy hope all is going well for you

Kev

Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 11

Views: 2127

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

I would look to see if you can utilize any existing bolts holding the cladding etc will sometimes mean fabricating brackets, straps etc

Kev

Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:12 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Advice/help on sublimating printing equipment, please?

Replies: 40

Views: 12931

Re: Advice/help on sublimating printing equipment, please?

Hi
you cannot run a Ricoh with sublimation inks if it has had the normal gel ink in as the two inks are not compatible and will cause clogging

Kev

Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Groundworks for Tray & Post sign

Replies: 4

Views: 1108

Re: Groundworks for Tray & Post sign

Stu
depends on ground structure but i would be looking @ 600mm to 900mm in ground with hole circumference of 450mm to 600mm but as i say depends on ground structure. I will say this is my thoughts on it and can say that in 15 years never had a sign fall over

Kev

Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2779

Re: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Normally the companies insisting on a long life signage are the one that end up going bust or changing there name a year later and then get upset that you can't just alter the very expensive old sign

Kev

Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Sourcing an office printer with straight through paper path?

Replies: 11

Views: 2663

Re: Sourcing an office printer with straight through paper p

Chris
That's the one i was on about, was sure they did one that you could buy out right, guess they have changed there tactics now

Kev

Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:07 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Sourcing an office printer with straight through paper path?

Replies: 11

Views: 2663

Re: Sourcing an office printer with straight through paper p

Neil
don't know if this will be of any interest believe they do an A3 model which was a modified Oki printer

http://www.xpressondemand.com/

Kev

Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2779

Re: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Hi Warren
no inks or paint for that part will look the same as the day it was applied, i think UV inks are a slightly shorter life span.

Kev

Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2779

Re: 10yr print lifespan printing required? Help please?

Warren
don't think that's going to happen even if you could find someone it would be proportionate as in a rate of deterioration per year. You could always cost it at 4 times your normal cost and just go change it when every 3-4 years you'll be quids in whatever

Kev

Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:33 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Keep getting "Cant open port (w) no printers were found

Replies: 1

Views: 1656

Re: Keep getting "Cant open port (w) no printers were found

Greg
as your anti virus just updated etc sounds like it could be blocking communication, turn antivirus off and reboot computer and hopefully it should find the printer

Kev

Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roller Shutter is smaller than the customer's ideas - help?

Replies: 2

Views: 911

Re: Roller Shutter is smaller than the customer's ideas - he

The answer is to have steel brackets and angle iron frame made, the brackets fit to the wall above the box and drop in front of the box. You then fit the angle iron frame at the top with hinges bottom with bolts this allows the sign to be lifted for roller shutter maintenance etc. Don't do what he a...

Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

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

Replies: 202

Views: 106362

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

Steff if it had been my machine i would have expected them to be there pretty much continually until the problem was solved. As you say the machine needs to earn its money to pay for the chunk of change you paid Colourific for it. I'm sure Colourific want it solved so here's hoping for a speedy reso...

Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

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

Replies: 202

Views: 106362

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

Quote "I was under the impression that because the company and product were part of the Roland Partner programme my investment in this technology would be a safe one. At this moment in time I am not so sure." Steff sorry to hear you are still having problems but as i said this as under ton...

Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sorry for not posting - all change!

Replies: 5

Views: 2273

Re: Sorry for not posting - all change!

Andy
best of luck to you and your wife always thought you worked for yourself, any way as said best of luck on the adventure

Kev

Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:53 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: How do you get dirt off the glue side of vinyl - help please

Replies: 4

Views: 2065

Re: How to get dirt off the glue side of vinyl

Simon
can't help with the grit, but tip for you is wrap your wheel with backing paper silicone side out before wrapping it saves these problems

Kev

Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone Else Having Problems with T-shirt Vinyl coming away?

Replies: 3

Views: 1024

Re: Anyone Else Having Problems with T-shirt Vinyl coming aw

Hi how good is your heat press for equal heat all over the plate and flatness, also when you press it are you pressing it with the shirt hanging off the press so the buttons don't interfere with the press plate etc. Probably a case of teaching you to suck eggs but the obvious is sometimes the proble...

Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:13 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab - High Resolution Images - advice needed, please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1751

Re: Signlab - High Resolution Images - advice needed, please

Hi
with Flexi don't go by the size that it tells you on the export screen, eport it then click on the file properties and normally it will be a smaller file

Kev

Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:31 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Unkown Failure has Occured Error when trying to cut

Replies: 4

Views: 1798

Re: Unkown Failure has Occured Error when trying to cut

Neil
may be check if Vista or any other program as updated and caused a conflict with Flexi

Kev

Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:31 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Blade holder mechanism bouncing - help please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1747

Re: Blade holder mechanism bouncing - help please?

Warren
hope you are well mate, sounds like you may have a break in a cable, i know your machine isn't mega old but there seems no rhyme or reason as to when these go it depends how they lay back down as the carriage moves. You could check connection plus haven't worked loose

Kev

Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:44 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Reinstalled versaworks and cut contour not working? Help?

Replies: 17

Views: 5223

Re: reinstalled versaworks and cut contour not working?

Dan
check the EPS value can't remember off the top of my head what screen its on but is a normally a problem on re install,

Kev

Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on generating good sales leads please.

Replies: 6

Views: 1633

Re: Advice on generating good sales leads please.

Del if someone is using shopfitter then they are normally using 1 of the bigger sign companies or already in place you are better putting your efforts in to the smaller businesses opening, may be join your local Chambers of Commerce or go to a few local networking meetings normally means getting up ...

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Caravan Cut Templates

Replies: 1

Views: 772

Re: Caravan Cut Templates

Daniel
with this type of stuff it is normally a case of digitizing it yourself, never heard of anyone that supplies it ready to cut and word of caution may actually be protected by copyright

Kev

Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:11 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

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

Replies: 202

Views: 106362

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

Hi please don't get me wrong but see this scenario before, at the time solvent inks where the big step forward for the sign industry which i feel led the machine manufacturers to research more on there eco inks which as led to bet colours and adhesion. The problem seems to be that the growth comes j...

Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:26 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

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

Replies: 202

Views: 106362

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

Steff with the amount of interest in this system i cannot believe that Colourific are not putting 100% of there resources into solving this issue. Hopefully the sign industry is not going to see another company that's created a step forward in ink technology start growing too fast and begin to negle...

Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anti Vandal Options? Help needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1144

Re: Anti Vandal Options? Help needed, please?

Cheap alternative spray with (oh i swore !) pit shine (silicone) does attract some dust but once the kids get it on their hands they stop trying to pick at it. Pens, sprays etc won't take to silicone infact it ruins the pens

Kev

Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wavy sign face in frame - what could cause this?

Replies: 12

Views: 2313

Re: Wavy sign face in frame.

Desiree
this may help expansion on Makrolon is approx 1.3mm per meter per 20 degree change in temperature.

Tech sheet may help you

https://www.bayersheeteurope.com/index. ... 120631.pdf

Kev

Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:16 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP Latex 26500 Gloss paper

Replies: 1

Views: 1175

Re: HP Latex 26500 Gloss paper

Kev
not used it but art sytems might be your best call

http://www.artsystems.co.uk/display_results.asp?pid=1

Kev

Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wavy sign face in frame - what could cause this?

Replies: 12

Views: 2313

Re: Wavy sign face in frame.

Hi
is this on a hanging strip if not that will be causing some of your problems

Kev

Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:26 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser pro spirit driver for windows 7 needed

Replies: 3

Views: 1526

Re: Laser pro spirit driver for windows 7 needed

Have you tried speaking to Grafitype they are main agent for them or use to be

Kev

Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:20 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M 1080 wrapping vinyl, help needed please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1902

Re: 3m 1080 help needed....

Hi
not a wrapper myself but overlaps look to be laid in the wrong order leaving the seems susceptible to water ingress
Hope that makes sense all hard to see from pics

Kev

Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:36 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland sp300v problem anyone help

Replies: 4

Views: 1477

Re: Roland sp300v problem anyone help

Hi
could be capping station not sealing properly so pumps not drawing properly

Kev

Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:28 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec Cutter - Inconsistent Pressure

Replies: 6

Views: 1879

Re: Graphtec Cutter - Inconsistent Pressure

David although you have a new blade in it does sound like a blade issue. I would just knock back your settings 5grms at a time. You can get a good test cut which is normally a straight forward shape but when cutting a more complex shape blade digs in. I'm sure you know you should just see a slight s...

Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: FlexFace Sign Sign System, which do you use?

Replies: 8

Views: 2843

Re: FlexFace Sign Sign System, which do you use?

Thank you Iain, I will take a look at those... Kev, The Nova one looks very similar to one we had many moons ago by Kestral Signs, do you know if that's the same system? Only difference from memory was i think Kestral had tensioning springs that hooked the rod. Where as the Nova has a screw that lo...

Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: FlexFace Sign Sign System, which do you use?

Replies: 8

Views: 2843

Re: FlexFace Sign Sign System, which do you use?

Rob
i used system from Nova aluminium but i think its just a rebranded system

http://www.nova-aluminium.com/index.php?id=7

Kev

Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you think this sign is made?

Replies: 5

Views: 1571

Re: How do you think this sign is made?

I would have said inlayed, they look to have been machined with a V bit then cut with a small 3mm cutter. A very sharp angled cutter will give nice tight corners.

Kev

Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Peeling Problems

Replies: 17

Views: 2804

Re: Vinyl Peeling Problems

Hi
what profile did you use when printing?

Kev

Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Peeling Problems

Replies: 17

Views: 2804

Re: Vinyl Peeling Problems

Hi
i would have said solvent curl or laminate contracting causing a curl

Kev

Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:27 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Scan Motor replacement and XC-540 issues.

Replies: 4

Views: 1479

Re: Scan Motor replacement and XC-540 issues.

Hi before you change the motor try these 2 things 1. Clean the encoder strip with a lint cloth you can use it damp with a little water it will pick up a load of print dust 2. Now do the same with the linear rail the head travels on then apply a little 3in1 oil or similar to a cloth and rub along the...

Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:02 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: New graphics on our shutter doors

Replies: 14

Views: 4279

Re: New graphics on our shutter doors

Nice work David, it can be hard getting the scale of objects right at that size but it looks spot on

Kev

Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10 years a UKSG Member

Replies: 20

Views: 11903

Re: 10 years a UKSG Member

Phil
you calling us the cowboys of the signtrade :lol1:

Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10 years a UKSG Member

Replies: 20

Views: 11903

Re: 10 years a UKSG Member

Guys seems like only yesterday :appl:

Kev

Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Etched glass, horizontal or vertical cut ?

Replies: 5

Views: 1678

Re: Etched glass, horizontal or vertical cut ?

With Phil on this design the problem away normally a pin line showing clear glass etc

kev

Sun May 31, 2015 9:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which way to go about this?

Replies: 9

Views: 2188

Re: which way to go about this?

Hi
the price difference between 3 layers and print should be very minimal, are you charging too little for your 3 layer job

Kev

Sun May 31, 2015 9:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Creating Artwork ready for cutting

Replies: 16

Views: 5328

Re: Creating Artwork ready for cutting

Daniel along the top menu bar count 16 icons and click design central will show up as a floating tool bar, allows you to resize your objects (text, shapes) be in different ways also you can change your fonts this way. So type your text with the text tool select the text font will show in design cent...

Sun May 31, 2015 3:53 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Creating Artwork ready for cutting

Replies: 16

Views: 5328

Re: Creating Artwork ready for cutting

Hi
Create text & box (same colour) align using align tool, as per scr1

Open cut manager as per scr2

Press mirror button presuming its going on inside of glass, then send to cut

Fri May 29, 2015 10:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Print or cut vinyl for lightbox

Replies: 3

Views: 1552

Re: Print or cut vinyl for lightbox

I have in the past printed to standard print vinyl (Oracal 3164) and put it on a light box and worked fine it was transparent enough to allow light through but not enough to wash the design out that was a blue fade its been up in excess of 7 years now

Kev

Fri May 29, 2015 7:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Print or cut vinyl for lightbox

Replies: 3

Views: 1552

Re: Print or cut vinyl for lightbox

Myles when you light that up you would loose the lighter greys, if you print darker to compensate then you have too dark a print when light is off. You can do an internal and external print which helps solve the problem but you have to get the alignment spot on eg reverse print stuck on to inside of...

Thu May 28, 2015 11:06 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summa (Gerber P2C 1200S) Out of lines

Replies: 1

Views: 1388

Re: Summa (Gerber P2C 1200S) Out of lines

Hi
you can get problems when using heavy pressure, use a new knife maybe a 60 degree blade set to the lightest pressure you can that makes the cut. Can you see it moving horizontally under the pinch rollers.
Obviously check all tension rollers are ok no broken parts etc

Kev

Wed May 27, 2015 10:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Planning - 4 year rule

Replies: 6

Views: 1497

Re: Planning - 4 year rule

Hi point of fact Planning Permission does not insure that something isn't going to fall down it is just a piece of paper stating that you have put something up with permission. Even building control is quite sketchy when doing inspections especially when they want to visually inspect from the floor ...

Tue May 26, 2015 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Planning - 4 year rule

Replies: 6

Views: 1497

Re: Planning - 4 year rule

Phil
seems rule may be the same

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2009/09/16092848/2

Kev

Tue May 26, 2015 2:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Planning - 4 year rule

Replies: 6

Views: 1497

Re: Planning - 4 year rule

Phil
i think scotland has its own act

Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1997/8/contents

Kev

Thu May 21, 2015 2:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting ACM recomendations

Replies: 3

Views: 1132

Re: Cutting ACM recomendations

Try James at Group 101 ad on Home page

Kev

Wed May 13, 2015 10:44 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Replies: 39

Views: 17160

Re: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Looking at the bolts and where the nuts are it does not even look like it was in a full course of bricks an the L brackets bolted to the steels by one bolt allows down ward movement (gravity) which then levers the bolts from the wall. Now it turns out no planning permission not that it would have en...

Wed May 13, 2015 8:46 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Can anyone recommend a good material for labels?

Replies: 2

Views: 1232

Re: Material Recommendation for labels

Hi
have done the same for excavators etc used an old thermal label printer (precut labels) if not most matt vinyls will work better than gloss vinyls but always use to give a permanent felt pen with the order, but biro will normally write on it

Kev

Wed May 13, 2015 6:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Polishing Perspex Oxy Acetylene - help needed, please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2518

Re: Polishing Perspex Oxy Acetylene - help needed, please?

James
check the link out, i have seen stuff leave a cnc with a finish better that flame polishing

http://toolingblog.com/2015/01/05/cutti ... polishing/


Kev

Mon May 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versaworks profiles - help needed, please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1297

Re: Versaworks profiles

Hi
you could try on there site or email them might be a bit of hit & miss though

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate ... rev=search

Kev

Wed May 06, 2015 9:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP540v & Pop Up Panels - advice needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1570

Re: SP540v & Pop Up Panels

Hi
make sure your machine and room is up to temperature when you print your first panel and keep it the same through out the printing. Print 1 panel and cut off do not print all and use take up roll as additional weight can stretch material

Hope his helps

Kev

Sat May 02, 2015 3:51 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: For Sale: X-Rite DTP41(ii) spectrophotometer

Replies: 0

Views: 1396

For Sale: X-Rite DTP41(ii) spectrophotometer

Hi just having a tidy out, found this in the back of the cupboard, connected it to the laptop with Color Port 2 and calibration all good as per pic. Colour Port is a free software but will not create print profiles on its own requires profile software as well. Will put on auction site but thought i ...

Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: oval lightbox with halo backlight

Replies: 1

Views: 827

Re: oval lightbox with halo backlight

John
try Applelec sure they will be able to help

http://www.applelec.co.uk/

Kev

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:21 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Signwritten containers.

Replies: 6

Views: 2191

Re: Signwritten containers.

Simon
they look excellent and from the photos you would be hard pressed to know it wasnt vinyl. It must be nice to have the ability to solve a problem by using a skill that many signmakers, myself one of them don't have.

Excellent work

Kev

Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:58 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Help with Profile for Roland SoljetPro XR640 please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Re: Help with Profile for Roland SoljetPro XR640 please?

Have you tried playing with the profiles on Roland's own site, may be a different manufacturer. Don't know if their MD5 profile is the same as on Metamarks site. Using Max Impact will always put down a lot of ink. Have you spoke to Roland I see this machine at Roland before its launch and it was pri...

Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:49 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Help with Profile for Roland SoljetPro XR640 please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Re: Help with Profile for Roland SoljetPro XR640 please?

Hi
that looks to be pooling because to much ink is being laid down, so bad profile

Kev

Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:54 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Nerves - first part wrap

Replies: 22

Views: 6619

Re: Nerves - first part wrap

Yeah Ewan you are right but it only just scrapes into the range used 551 and 751 successfully for years but as said i would have gone for matching brand and quality. I know some will say they mix all the time but for pennies saved why have the risk of a problem one day.

Kev

Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:29 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Nerves - first part wrap

Replies: 22

Views: 6619

Re: Nerves - first part wrap

Hi
nice work Ewan, just one criticism why use a mono meric vinyl on top of a expensive wrap vinyl. The monomeric will shrink and leave a horrible glue line. Hopefully won't effect the wrap vinyl but would definitely advise in future jobs that upgrade to cast vinyls

But as i said nice job

Kev

Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how accurate are vehicle library templates?

Replies: 3

Views: 994

Re: Impact Templates

Lee
Impacts outlines are no good for that, if you are after a diamond grade lit its easier to buy in a pre cut kit. If its just regular chevrons take a square on photo & measurements trace your shape and check. Chevrons are @60 degrees simple enough to set up

Kev

Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark M7 adhesive - help needed, please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1575

Re: Metamark M7 adhesive

Hi
unfortunately that is wet application fault, liquid is still under the surface wet app can also cause the glue to de-laminate from the material. You may be lucky and it will dry out

Kev

Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:26 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland inks vs third party sunmicroink - advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 5287

Re: Roland inks vs third party sunmicroink - advice please?

Hi used 3rd party inks for years (nazdar) with no problems, you cannot condemn all 3rd party inks because they ate not supported by the printer manufacturers because some of the 3rd party ink companies have been formulating inks way before large format technology began. Also as John as stated if a 3...

Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Paperlinx in receivership

Replies: 104

Views: 38935

Re: Paperlinx in receivership

Adam
if they took it back after going in to administration then they have to supply or credit you. It is illegal for a company to continue to trade unless actually being run by the administrators so hound them for money or goods

Kev

Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OKI roller query - printer pulls at one side of the plate?

Replies: 6

Views: 1702

Re: OKI roller queery

Hi
its a problem i've found on various number plate printers, (although not used your model) because the plates are narrow it only pulls through on the large centre roller.

Kev

Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:37 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice on printers, printing press, and laminators please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1309

Re: Advice on printers please

Hi thats a lot of big questions which really depend on type and amount of work load. All the priters will do what you want, but different reasons for eco solvent,latex or uv. All have plus and minuses and suited to different usage and envoirenments. Small format stuff again depends on qty you want t...

Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:32 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Windows 7, 8 ,10 - which?

Replies: 3

Views: 1614

Re: Windows 7, 8 ,10 - which?

Hi
problem is John that 9 out of 10 times it means an upgrade to software and sometimes hardware because of in compatible software. So sometimrs its just easier to keep things running along if all is well, like so many have done with XP

Kev

Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:54 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Cap top replacement - Rolan XC 540 Pro111 help, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1439

Re: cap top replacement

Shawn
if you get stuck finding an engineer and need help give me a shout don't think you are far from me.
Kev

Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:27 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Cap top replacement - Rolan XC 540 Pro111 help, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1439

Re: cap top replacement

Shawn hard to tell from pics but lot of ink everywhere you are looking for any nicks in the rubber seal. You can do a vac test on them by having heads in place then remove pipe from pump and fit syringe. If you get ink drawn through the cap is sealing ok, you can adjust the height of the caps until ...

Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:21 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Sourcing a roland engineer in hertforshire/essex area, help?

Replies: 9

Views: 6042

Re: Roland engineer in hertforshire/essex area

Hi sorry can't see print out on my phone (on holiday in Palma) . Don,t know history of machine but may be slight ink starvation due to dampers needing changing.DOes your machine do auto Environmental check if not its a good idea to do that before printing. Re dampers you can get perfect test print b...

Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Sourcing a roland engineer in hertforshire/essex area, help?

Replies: 9

Views: 6042

Re: roland engineer in hertforshire/essex area

Hi
have you done a bias calibration for the material you are using, also a media feed calibration. Light colours show banding more than dark if your feeds are out

Kev

Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:55 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Ink sponge for xc 540 roland - help needed please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1235

Re: Ink sponge for xc 540 roland - help needed please?

Shawn its a spit pad, yes it does get wet, if you think it is getting too wet check the drain tube that comes from the plastic holder to the drain tank isn't blocked. Looking at the sponge the machine does not look that old or as the sponge been changed recently. You can remove the sponge just 1 scr...

Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:04 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cheapest Option to Printer Cutter - advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2161

Re: Cheapest Option to Printer Cutter

Hi
if you already have a latex printer then buy a cutter with a opus system and rip to run it all. You may have a usable rip for the Latex printer already however any printer or cutter for £400-600 will not be of much use

Kev

Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New transit magnetics - help please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1887

Re: New transit magnetics

Hi the problem with making mags that size is they won't remove them weekly as they should, this will lead to rusting behind the mags and eventually them bonding to the panel which they will want to blame you for. As to your question if the dart allows the mag to sit flat then do it but make them sig...

Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting text to the back of a transit tipper - help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1165

Re: Fitting text to the back ov a transit tipper

Hi
i think this would be ok the indents are mild and sloped so won't distort the look of the text

Kev

Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Need help sourcing paper lables

Replies: 2

Views: 1102

Re: Need help sourcing paper lables

Hi
it is available but is more expensive that a budget vinyl, so i use to just print to matt self adhesive vinyl

Kev

Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:15 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC Spec for Versaworks - advice needed please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2530

Re: PC Spec for Versaworks - advice needed please?

Ok
so PC spec i7 4770k 16gb with dual 500gb hard drives, ssd for operating system and software is a nice touch running windows 7

Kev

Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:11 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Gallery: Our New Sign.

Replies: 1

Views: 1468

Re: Gallery: Our New Sign.

Adrian
looks very nice, i would have probably scaled the design up on that size building or located it higher up so could be seen above the larger vehicles. I had to look several times to see it as i was instantly attracted to the van, but may be different in the flesh

Kev

Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC Spec for Versaworks - advice needed please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2530

Re: PC Spec for Versaworks

Hi
check out the new thread on the homepage Versaworks for mac

topic62324.html

Kev

Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:53 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Need T-shirts printing little personal - help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1545

Re: NEED T-SHIRTS PRINTING LITTLE PERSONAL

Michael sorry to hear your little boy is so ill, our thoughts and prayers are with you. John Cooper a member on the boards may be able to help he does DTG printing or if you are looking for your own kit i believe from his previous posts he is quite knowledgeable about them and could probably offer s...

Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:12 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Having problems with y motor

Replies: 5

Views: 2168

Re: Having problems with y motor

I would check bearings, feed rollers etc may be the motor is being put under too much load.

Kev

Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Problem cutting aluminium composite - help required please?

Replies: 18

Views: 4582

Re: Problem cutting aluminium composite - help required plea

A good quality steel ruler dragged in 1 motion works well to and also works on acrylic edges as well. Does take a little practice

Kev

Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Problem cutting aluminium composite - help required please?

Replies: 18

Views: 4582

Re: Problem cutting aluminium composite - help required plea

Hi
have a look at these power laminate saws ideal for cutting smaller bits of board, was going to get one before selling up as i had previously used an exact saw and got good results this just looks to make it quicker and easier

http://www.toolstation.com/shop/p39803

Kev

Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice fitting a Sign tray onto industrial cladding, please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3292

Re: Advice fitting a Sign tray onto industrial cladding, ple

Have used them before although different design the down side is drilling the 1/2 inch hole

Kev

Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice fitting a Sign tray onto industrial cladding, please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3292

Re: Advice fitting a Sign tray onto industrial cladding, ple

Hi i know that people will say tech bolts are fine in cladding but you are fixing to a metal sheet of approx 0.7mm which gives little pull resistance. Which is very thin so i always use a mix of tech bolts and peel rivets which gives piece of mind especially with the latest signage fails making the ...

Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:17 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Anyone know anything about PAT testing? Advice needed?

Replies: 9

Views: 5092

Re: Anyone know anything about PAT testing? Advice needed?

Hi
if you are buying the lighting unit as a complete unit the CE mark for that my cover yo, depends how much work you are doing to it. ( you just making acrylic cover to go over lighting gear etc)

This might help

https://www.gov.uk/electrical-equipment ... sibilities

Kev

Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Illustrator/Versaworks lettering problem - Help please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1627

Re: Illustrator/Versaworks lettering problem - Help please?

Try un grouping everything and re exporting as eps, Versaworks would not always print outlines etc created by Flexi if it was just sent straight to VW so would have to un group everything and then it would print ok. Hope that makes sense

Kev

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:27 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Number plate printing software - recommendations please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3715

Re: Number plate printing software

Hi
be it Tennants or Lg they are both pretty much the much when it comes to printing No.Plates

Kev

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:25 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE 5000-60 going off track - advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2666

Re: Graphtec going off track

Hi
this can be a backing paper problem, have you tried an older roll of vinyl on the cutter to see if it occurs

Kev

Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Warped prints causing issues - advice needed please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2546

Re: Warped prints causing issues

Warren sorry i thought this was across the machine but if i now have read everything correct it is on the feed. I would be getting engineers back in for this i would say that it is getting inconsistent reading from encoder. Could be worth while also looking at data cables, length, shielded/un shield...

Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Warped prints causing issues - advice needed please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2546

Re: Warped prints causing issues

Warren
never had that in 14 years plus printing on the Pro 2 or VS640 if you are getting this on both machines i think i would be looking at a common denominator such as the vinyl. If it was one machine then would be looking at encoder strip and grip wheels

Kev

Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Number plate printing - Oki C551 help, please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1760

Re: Number plate printing

Hi
standard oki printers will do it, the adjusted firmware prints a denser black and temp is upped due to printing on the polyester etc. Im talking about the oki 5650 printers so cannot be 100% on the newer printers

Kev

Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sourcing aluminium signs, signtrays, etc. Help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1169

Re: Aluminium signs, signtrays, etc...

Hi
not used these guys but they make trays for the trade

http://smart-group.co.uk/sign_trays.htm

Kev

Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:19 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Capping station removal VS640 advice please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1261

Re: capping station removal vs640

Hi
sounds like the drain tube to the waste tank is blocked so would require stripping and cleaning

Kev

Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:10 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Problem with Blank spaces in my prints? Help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2445

Re: Blank spaces in print

Phil
believe its something to do with size the file was originally made, so if its made say A4 @300dpi when its blown up to 4 times the size @75dpi the transparencies do not convert correctly. I don't have any proven facts of it but that was the conclusion i came too

Kev

Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:26 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Problem with Blank spaces in my prints? Help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2445

Re: Blank spaces in print

Phil
have had this happen found it was, masked images and transparencies and Versaworks struggled with it. I opened the PDF flattened the transparencies and resent it as an EPS

Kev

Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Plastic kick plates - what material could I use? Help?

Replies: 3

Views: 1200

Re: Plastic kick plates - what material could I use? Help?

This link may help its what replaced Darvic as far as i know don't know who supplies it would expect normal companies Robert Horne, Amari etc http://www.[ This company is Spamming UKSB ].co.uk/salluplastics/pdfs/salbexinfosheet.pdf Kev Link won't load without saying its spam so you will have to type...

Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland BN20 - What is the Function of the Felt Wiper? Help?

Replies: 16

Views: 6022

Re: What is the Function of the Felt Wiper?

Hi
Vertical lines can be a dirty encoder strip the dirt makes the eye send a pulse and the head fires, worth while giving it a wipe over. i just use to use a damp cloth (water)

Kev

Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New UKSB Site layout?

Replies: 80

Views: 33133

Re: New UKSB Site layout?

Got similar here, logs me in bur will only let me see this post.
Come on Rob I'll be getting with drawl symptoms

Kev

Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Possible ink starvation - Rockhopper DX4 heads (Opal Tiara)

Replies: 6

Views: 1788

Dave
send all of the contaminated parts back to QPS i had a problem with light cyan before and got the same no other cases reported. How long have you had the conversion to Nazdar inks done i have seen non compatible inks cause this problem

Kev

Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Possible ink starvation - Rockhopper DX4 heads (Opal Tiara)

Replies: 6

Views: 1788

Dave can you change the supply lines between heads it would rule out ink starvation problem i would then change the manifold as the manifolds have mesh filters in them and these can become clogged especially with some third party inks. I had similar problem years ago and broke manifold apart and was...

Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:49 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 print head stopped working - help please?

Replies: 16

Views: 4324

Mike could be them small boards the only real way will be to change the input cables as well as the output cables. If the head doesn't then work you will know the fault is before those boards, if it works then the small board is naff. Ensure nothing is kriss crossed when you try as you may blow some...

Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:51 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Replies: 39

Views: 17160

Definitely going to cost someone a lot of $, have to admit if working at any great height i tie my tools off to a 6mm rope/cord just use a loop and threadle back through so its own weight pulls it tight. I was taught this when engineering because once you had climbed up and down silos a few times be...

Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

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

Replies: 16

Views: 4126

Gary that is not a laminator its for applying vinyl to rigid board etc, cold will alter the laminate because of glue and film being affected by temperature variations. Do you use a feeder board to feed the laminate between the rolls leaving enough board to feed vinyl under so that when you go forwar...

Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Gluing Wood To Acrylic - recommendations on adhesives please

Replies: 2

Views: 1034

James i normally use SIMSON ISR 70-03 its a sealer adhesive allows for movement between different types of materials as you have.Robert Horne stock use the primer as well and it will hold an elephant up. I put an exterior sign up over 10 years ago with it and still in place today. Kev http://www.bos...

Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

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

Replies: 16

Views: 4126

Looking at that picture again i think it may be threaded wrong, normally laminate will pull from backing paper with backing paper going around idle roller, could be wrong don't know the machine

Kev

Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:03 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How do i get rid of white background on a jpeg?

Replies: 5

Views: 2614

As Phil says, I presumed you where saving as Photoshop file which Flexi will open directly with transparent background subject to Flexi version

Kev

Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How do i get rid of white background on a jpeg?

Replies: 5

Views: 2614

Ewan sounds like you have a version of Flexi that doesn't support transparent background. You have two options in flexi, use magic wand, go to bitmap menu, invert marquee, convert marquee to shape now select bitmap & shape and mask. Tip you can edit the shape if need be before masking, or you ca...

Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Why does this look different in flexi?

Replies: 8

Views: 2888

Ewan
subject to which version of Flexi you are using it does support rendered transparent shadows but still struggles with AI files i use to just recreate the shadow directly in Flexi

Kev

Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New guy saying hello from Kent

Replies: 10

Views: 2797

Steven

welcome, what campus did you go my daughter was @ Maidstone finished in 2013 on the graphics course

Kev

Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice required about showing design work please

Replies: 5

Views: 1924

Paul
don't know the software but looking at it online it seems capable of working with bitmaps and vectors so yes do the lay out in that. Ensure you resize for A4 before exporting or printing out

Kev

Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice required about showing design work please

Replies: 5

Views: 1924

Paul
you would normally do this in your design software, please don't say your design software im MS Photo Paint

Kev

Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:40 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summa D120 slow at cutting - help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 2248

David you could try doing a factory reset believe you can do it from menu settings, at least it will tell you if its just a setting on the cutter that been altered accidentally or a problem with the cutter. The fact that more than one type of software is giving the same result does point to cutter. ...

Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hanging Light Box for Cranes - what is the best way? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1873

Hi
don't forget to speak to the crane manufacturer drilling their structural steel is normally a no no and clamping to the wrong components is as well.

The attached PDF may help

Kev

Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:48 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Replies: 39

Views: 17160

Will your PLI cover you? BS559 states 10year service life unless you specifty otherwise. What if you aren't operating to BS559 ? After all, there is no legal obligation to meet this standard if you choose not use BSI Quality methods. Personally I can think of a great many reasons not to adopt BSI S...

Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large 2m x 2m banners - help sourcing a supplier, please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2087

Daniel
i believe James @ Signs101 can do this size he is on the home page as he is a UK Sign Boards supplier

Kev

Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:28 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mimaki JV3 160 - print dryer? Help needed please

Replies: 10

Views: 3818

Dave
i would change ink over, i used Nazdar 2000 series on Roland SC545 with no problems for years which is probably what the Mutoh is using and should solve your problems. However the full solvent should dry quicker than the 2000 series but obviously isnt

Kev

Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fast food photos CD with standard set meals - advice on idea

Replies: 10

Views: 2452

Lee
this might help you

http://www.ingrampublishing.com/index.c ... N=31092392

not used it myself but remembered getting flyer from them

Kev

Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:06 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print head lint free cleaning clothes - what are you using?

Replies: 9

Views: 5698

James try the car paint shops i have used a box from them before they are big but you can cut them down, lint free wipes are now also used by Nail shops probably a better size and they are used for applying solvent so you know you won't have any problems Just a quick search http://www.amazon.co.uk/n...

Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Error message 24 i/f initial 14 on Mimaki JV 3 160 - help?

Replies: 3

Views: 1773

Ray
have you tried turning it off and back on is possible head carriage moved as you moved it and its getting incorrect readings from encoder etc

Kev

Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:15 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Replacing a print head - help required please?

Replies: 16

Views: 5310

Glad you got it sorted, word of caution never get any liquid on the head circuits iit will blow the head straight off and maybe the board. Perhaps post a pic of the tool you purchased to remedy the problem.

Kev

Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:33 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Replacing a print head - help required please?

Replies: 16

Views: 5310

aren't Roland heads still Epson not Roland. What did I buy the other year for £460 from Digiprint Supplies? I have no idea what you bought from Digiprint Supplies the other year :D , but I know they sell printheads a lot cheaper than we do. However, have you ever tried to return a faulty one to the...

Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting a sign to shutterbox

Replies: 7

Views: 1760

The shutter box itself is folded panel end plates are only 3-5mm steel which drills easy with a decent drill bit. Trim makes a sign instead of a panel stuck on a box

Kev

Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

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

Replies: 16

Views: 4126

Hi
not saying this is your problem, but one thing to consider as well as checking that everything is set right is that the machine is level. Uneven floors can lay havoc with the machine due to twisting of the frame.

Kev

Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting a sign to shutterbox

Replies: 7

Views: 1760

If you want a nice trimmed finish look use some 25mm ali angle put rivets through the side, even a mill finished angle gives a nice finish

Kev

Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:52 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summa D120 Cutting advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2659

Hi
the Summa has a overcut feature in its menu so i am presuming that if the Gerber runs the same firmware it will have it as well

Kev

Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:50 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Router bit suddenly plunging into material - help please

Replies: 5

Views: 2707

Dave is it when you are running a file or at idle, is it the same file? I am presuming it as a DSP controller and you use it with usb key? if so check that the cable that feeds it is not near any power cables as this can cause problems although the cables are normally shielded also change to a diffe...

Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:31 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Onyx RIP Problem. Wrong size - help needed with image size?

Replies: 3

Views: 1897

Adrian
haven't played with Onyx for ages, it isnt eps margin or something along them lines causing the problem although that doesn't explain it increasing in size the second time.

Kev

Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:29 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printed Banners - Laminating advice needed/other options?

Replies: 3

Views: 1349

Hi
have used the below with good results and alittle goes along way

http://www.liquid-lamination.co.uk/what-is/clearshield/


Kev

Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:28 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Head, board or ribbon issues - help please

Replies: 10

Views: 2141

Lee
check the end of the cable and check it has not de-laminated it does happen. If all is ok re seat the cable, then check test print if the cable was sitting off square could cause a problem, worth a try. Did you ever get the other issue sorted

Kev

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:47 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Head, board or ribbon issues - help please

Replies: 10

Views: 2141

Lee
1. high ink level in the cartridge too high a level can cause this
2. Air leak (Damaged damper, O ring or manifold or manifold seal) allowing ink to free flow although normally will run back to
3. Blown head

Kev

Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:17 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Advice needed sourcing a Cast bronze plaque?

Replies: 10

Views: 4000

Mike
my understanding is you need to make an identical blank which can be used to make a sand mould for you to cast in, so may be have some one machine the components out of Polystyrene or MDF assemble and then the can make mould from it.

Kev

Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:31 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
what head speed are you running and what dpi

Kev

Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:38 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
Good to hear you are at least up and running, did you get an engineer out in the end

Kev

Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:29 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Can this be done in Flexi Pro - creating cut file from .jpg

Replies: 5

Views: 2228

Hi
yes it can go to

BITMAP - VECTORIZE - PICTURE CUT and drag the arrow box over the picture you want to convert adjust settings to suit


Kev

Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:58 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
go back in and select through 1 by 1 it will be there on that firmware i'm sure of it, you will then be able to load a decent profile. What material are you using if you go to Roland.net via VW you can access 3rd party profiles.

Kev

Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:30 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
there should be a setting for max 6 colour, what firmware is the printer on at present.
I seriously think that problems are set up and profile related


Kev

Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:14 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee what ink set is the printer set for, because just re read the thread and some of the issues may be profile related if the machine is not set for CMYKlmlc ecomax this can be changed in service menu to different variations and types. Send me your location may be i'll have a day out if you aren't t...

Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:06 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
where are you based?

Kev

Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EN 1090 & Technical Construction Files - Advice please.

Replies: 10

Views: 2846

Quote "Just diissing the BSGA is not really constructive if they are just the messenger and we are liable." Stuart there is past history may be before your time here of the the BGSA supposedly speaking for the small signmaker (CSCS Card) when they never even consulted the small signmakers,...

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EN 1090 & Technical Construction Files - Advice please.

Replies: 10

Views: 2846

This might shed some light but end up confusing everyone some more

http://www.bsga.co.uk/wp-content/upload ... 100714.pdf

Kev

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:04 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
once you have the head set so that it is not overlapping its sister head leave one of the back screws slightly tightened then use either the thumb screw or the allen key subject to what movement you require.

Kev

Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:29 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

All good suggestions, although I can't see the calibrations causing such a big problem in the print. They're not THAT bad. I was expecting too see the black head wildly different to the magenta. Try giving them a tweak and see how it looks afterwards. I think the text test print was before he did t...

Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:49 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
magenta & black heads are too far left show by the overlapping colours on you test print slacken screws and push slightly to the right then readjust also the best way to align the lines is to use a magnifying glass.

Kev

Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:57 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SC 545 ghosting problem, help needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 6371

Lee
have you done all of the alignment steps, you have obviously had the head out so head alignment is required and bias etc done from the service menu not the bias for media

Kev

Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:33 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Aluminium sheets, stainless steel, brushed steel sheets

Replies: 3

Views: 2075

James
you could try

Inmet (Aluminium & Stainless) Ltd
Boomes Indust Est, New Rd
RM13 8BS Rainham - Wennington
Essex

Kev

Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:15 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: EL SIGNS - CNC Machines - Anyone had any dealings

Replies: 3

Views: 1834

James
hope all is well with you, it looks an impressive machine, rack an pinion did use to have a bad reputation but i believe it has improved greatly over the years

Kev

Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic Door Number tiles

Replies: 8

Views: 1953

Stuart
i have made these for our local college print clear backed with white mounted to 5mm clear cast acrylic, got blanks from

http://www.traysigns.co.uk/2010/03/acry ... signs.html

Kev

Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Stretch Marks in vinyls, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1470

David
i don't wrap but i would say its leaving traces of glue behind as you lift it so you get the said result when you lay it back down, but i will be interested if anyone as another view

Kev

Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hanging rail profile help...

Replies: 8

Views: 1379

Hugh
Green magic do several items

http://www.green-magic.co.uk/

Kev

Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:28 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Changing ink cart during printing ruins print head

Replies: 3

Views: 2052

John
printer should stop before running cart completely empty unless the safe guards have been bypassed and cannot see why even running the head dry would ruin it normally it would just require ink being drawn up to from new cart and then set it to heavy clean. What machine are you running?

Kev

Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:10 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Recommendation for a supplier of large hoop and panel signs

Replies: 1

Views: 2952

David this will probablynot be a 1 piece tube as lengths are normally 6mtr & 7.5mtr direct from steel stockist anything over that is normally special order. I used to have work with local steel fab company to get this work done a lot cheaper than one of the sign suppliers. In your neck of the wo...

Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stainless steel surface mounted posts - advice needed

Replies: 1

Views: 1086

Mark
look up a supplier for stainless steel hand rails you should be able to get boltable foot plates & covers etc (example below)

http://www.juststainless.co.uk/products ... l_51mm.asp

Kev

Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing Sign Fixing Bracket Please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1107

David
its just Rolled C channel pop in to you local steel or aluminium stockist or just search for C Channel on the web, different wall thicknesses are available.
Sample site below

http://www.albionsections.co.uk/products.html

Kev

Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hiya everybody from the West Midlands

Replies: 8

Views: 2998

Hi
it takes Rob a little while to approve it because of other things he is working on with the site but he will sort it if not you can email him to remind him

http://www.uksb.eu/#/contact-us/4552643075


Kev

Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Oracal 751 Advice

Replies: 2

Views: 1162

Hi
i think the recesses on a Sprinter is asking a bit much of 751 without problems occurring.

Kev

Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: smallish clear acrylic cut sign supplier

Replies: 4

Views: 1311

James
have someone laser cut it which will give you polished edges, just draw thin bridges in to hold the design together once the design has its jewels on bridges won't be seen.

Kev

Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: jigsaw vs Router to cut ACM

Replies: 5

Views: 1622

Warren
has someone said maybe try a reverse cut blade

http://cdn.toolstation.com/images/13012 ... =548756915

Kev

Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:29 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Router Sacrificial Beds

Replies: 11

Views: 4457

James
MDF is not really the best board because it will allow suction through the board so it means you would lose suction, you need a phenolic board. I don't know what you have already but will try to pop in and see you in the next few days and then may be able to suggest something.

Kev

Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advanced wrapping course? Information needed, please.

Replies: 3

Views: 1782

Ben after seeing your work i think a wrapping tutor might be slightly intimidated to actually offer to show you and personally i think at your level of experience it would be more of a case of swapping methods of doing certain elements and may be just getting some accreditations to hang on your wall...
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