According to the company's Production Manager Gavin Yapp: "Installation of these machines has made a huge difference to what we can now offer our customers in all three of these key areas and this has led to a commensurate increase in growth and profitability. We specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of signs for major high street and retail park outlets such as B&Q, Ernest Jones, Harrods, Pizza Hut, Homebase, Halfords, Hamley's, Debenhams and The Body Shop, all of which require the highest standards of signage and therefore access to the latest and most technically advanced manufacturing processes."
Established in 1997 by Gavin Smith and Des Kenehan, Image Technique employs around 40 skilled personnel operating from a 15,000 square feet facility that includes a full metal and acrylic fabrication service, digital printing, vinyl materials application and finishing. A key element of the fabrication capabilities has been the two AXYZ routers that are used primarily to cut and form sheet aluminium, acrylic and both foamed and medium-density fibreboard.
The routers installed at Image Technique are part of the AXYZ 6000 series that is renowned for its robust construction and the speed and accuracy with which it handles large sheets of material under continuous operation. They have a processing area of 3,048 x 2,095mm and can be configured to include a host of additional machining options such as the automatic tool change (ATC) facility. The routers will also handle other mainstream sign making materials like stainless steel, aluminium composite material (ACM), brass and other alloys.
The routers operate in conjunction with Delcam's ArtCAM sign design and production software that is now supplied by AXYZ International as an alternative option to its own-brand and multi-faceted ToolPath program.
According to Gavin Yapp: "The decision to purchase AXYZ routers was based on their reputation for speed and quality, attractive pricing and because they were particularly suited to Image Technique's production facilities and skills base. Both routers have performed to expectations and this in turn has helped increase our production capacity and capabilities through the addition of new and improved technical specifications."
For further information on AXYZ routing solutions, visit the website www.axyz.co.uk or telephone 01902 375600. For more information on the services provided by Image Technique, visit www.imagetechnique.co.uk or telephone Gavin Yapp on 01527 578533.