It had been a highly reliable machine, but was becoming slow and given its age, there was always the fear that it might give up the ghost part way through a big job.
He explained this to Ben Randall, managing director at RGB UK, a Canon accredited partner specialising in graphics, who then told him about the IPF Pro 4000 which has just arrived at the showroom.
“We had been looking a CAD machine when Ben said to come and look at this. It seemed to be just perfect for what we wanted.”
The 112cm wide machine would handle the architectural plan work that the previous Canon machine produced, but it would also handle a range of banners and pop ups and could take Fine Images into new areas of business.
“We were pretty much running the day after it was delivered,” he says. “And it has performed beautifully. We very much like the dual roll feature. We can have two different sized rolls ready to run which makes this very productive and effective, as we can produce a wide spectrum of work.”
The company has started to test new materials that will enable it to make this spectrum wider still and answer customer needs.
“The colour quality is superb and we can think about producing bespoke wallpaper and we get a lot of requests for graphics and this machine will be ideal for that type of work,” says Colucci.
The additional speed of the new machine will itself provide extra opportunities for new business.
As well as higher print quality thanks to the new inkjet and density sensors to manage consistency, the IPF Pro 4000 comes with an improved touch panel user interface “which gives us more control over the machine and improves productivity. It connects directly to the network so everybody can print to it now,” he adds.
“The colour quality is superb and we can think about producing bespoke wallpaper and we get a lot of requests for graphics and this machine will be ideal for that type of work,” says managing director Marce Colucci.