Fingerprint fo+ Ltd Take On Roland LEC-540

Fingerprint fo+ Ltd started life 14 years ago as a specialist print provider to the entertainment industry. Producing everything from leaflets & brochures to retail displays and promo packaging, Fingerprint fo+ Ltd has always led from the front when it comes to finding print solutions for such demanding and creative customers. It is in the business of providing print “solutions” as opposed to just plain print, which keeps them at the top of their game.

Fingerprint fo+ Ltd has just placed a Roland LEC-540 print and cut machine at their premises in Welwyn Garden City – installed by specialist large format suppliers Atech Ltd. It was installed to complement their existing print plant and to create short run graphics, colour proofs and packaging prototypes.

“The machine is so flexible we can use it to fulfil a number of different roles within the company,” explains sales director Doug McBride. “We can create textures and contours, prototype boxes & packaging and print on all sorts of materials including lenticular type materials, plastics and cling. The Roland LEC-540 helps us recreate innovative print designs, which we then scale up for our main production runs. The reason we win most of our jobs is due to our own flexibility and ability to create really unusual print effects and the Roland machine will help us do this more efficiently. Atech did a great job in helping us with our pre-purchase trials, which was extremely important to make sure we were buying the right printer for our needs. The install went really smoothly and we were up and running in a matter of hours.”

The Roland LEC-540 is colour-matched to their existing print plant equipment, a mix of litho and digital printers. They looked at several machines before finally deciding on the Roland LEC-540. “We trialled a few machines but the LEC-540 with white ink was a bit of a designers dream. It fits in with the varied print solution provider reputation that the company has gained over the years and there is no limit to the choice and type of print we can create– be it plastic, foil, canvas, textile, paper or card, we can print, finish and deliver anything that is thrown at us.” One of the products used in the trial was Mirri. Jennifer Deacon marketing manager Mirri, a division of Celloglas commented, “Fingerprint has printed some fantastic samples using our Mirri Pak card. When Mirri is combined with the Roland DG special effects the results are stunning.”

The Roland LEC-540 is a 1370 mm wide printer, LED with curing technology and unique UV-curable ink to add clear coat and white to standard CMYK output. These print-and-cut devices are ideal for proofing, labels, decals and displays and they can produce endless different effects, such as embossing, tactile finishes and Braille, plus decorative and functional matt and gloss spot varnishes.

Producing one-off packaging prototypes and short-run labels in a single machine for printing, cutting and creasing, the Roland LEC series is suitable for use with a vast array of substrates, including metallic and synthetic papers, foils, BOPP, PE and PET film, the VersaUV can even work on fabrics such as leather and suede. With production print speeds and lower running costs for maximum value and efficiency, the LEC-540 also support card stock, plastic board, polycarbonate and other rigid substrates up to 1 mm thick for a wide variety of print, cut and creased prototyping and display applications.

There is a strict quality control process at Fingerprint fo+ Ltd that ensures their reputation for delivering the high quality output demanded by their customers stays in tact. “Commercially acceptable” is not a term they use at Fingerprint fo+ Ltd, McBride states that they simply won’t let a job out the door unless it’s perfect.

What’s next for Fingerprint? “Print is constantly changing,” says McBride, “it’s unpredictable and so we have to adapt and innovate in order to keep things interesting and dynamic. We are researching new markets for our products. We will continue to explore new avenues and lead the market with our innovative and unique printing processes – that way we can hopefully stay one step ahead.”


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