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William Smith expands its range of hardware solutions

Graphtec's FC8000 Following the huge success experienced with the RollsRoller Flatbed Applicator and Mutoh printers, leading supplier of integrated sign and graphics solutions William Smith has now made further additions to its expanding range of hardware solutions. The company is now a primary reseller of the full range of HP printers as well as Summa and Graphtec cutters and laminators from Seal and Xativa. The HP offering, in particular, greatly strengthens William Smith's position in the digital printing sector, while the addition of Summa and Graphtec cutters and laminators from Seal and Xativa means that the company can now truly claim to offer a total hardware solutions package to complement its status as the UK's largest stockist of computer-cut and digital printing media.

The HP solutions cover solvent inkjet, UV and the new Latex printing system that is supported by a new and more environmentally friendly ink technology to further advance customers' ‘green' credentials.

The three HP solvent inkjet printers comprise the 64-inch Designjet 8000 and Designjet 9000 platforms and the larger 104-inch Designjet 10000. All offer six-colour printing at speeds of between four and 30 square metres/hour.

The five UV printers from HP include a true flatbed model (the six-colour 98.4-inch Scitex FB950) and four hybrid platforms that offer the choice of either flatbed or roll-to-roll 54-inch printing. The Designjet H35100 and H35500 printers offer single-head fourand six-colour printing, contingent upon which machine is required, while the H45100 and H45500 offer comparable technology but at twice the speed of the H35000 printer.

HP Latex Printer

The super wide-format 104-inch L65500 Latex printer is supported by the latest and more environmentally aware ink technology that is exclusive to HP printers. It is non-hazardous, has only minimal VOC content (no fume extraction facility is therefore required) but still provides the same three- to five-year outdoor performance as full solvent inks without any compromise on quality. The ink is odourless and instantly curable to further contribute to faster turnaround on printed output. Production speeds of up to 80 square metres/hour can be achieved with this printer.

There are eight models in the R and S series of cutters from Summa that offer the choice of drag and tangential cutting. All of the cutters feature the advanced OPOS X Contour Cutting System that guarantees unprecedented levels of accuracy. These are supplemented with the CE5000 and FC8000 cutters from Graphtec that also offer the choice of either drag or tangential cutting. The entry-level CE5000 provides vinyl cutting at a truly affordable price and is available in a choice of three models (the CE 5000-40, 60 and 120). Offering the highest cutting force available in its class at 600gf, the FC8000 series is available in a choice of five models (the FC8000-60, 75, 100, 130 and 160) and comes with a two-year warranty. Both ranges of cutter include supporting software and basic training.

The laminators from Seal and Xativa are precision-engineered lamination solutions that incorporate cutting-edge functionality. They are supported by the most powerful warranties currently available.

For further information on these latest hardware solutions from William Smith, contact Jonathan Harle on e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01833 694707.

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