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Packaging Innovations 2019

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This September we team up with once again with our long established dealers Revolution Digital to showcase products at the Packaging Innovations Show at London’s Olympia.

We will be concentrating on 3 main areas at this year’s show, these included:

• Pre-production Packaging Samples & Mock-up Creation
• Design-Lead Marketing
• Personalisation Markets

Our home for the 2 day event will be Stand H30 with the show taking place on the 11th & 12th of September.

Graphtec FCX2000-VC Series Flatbed Cutting Plotter

Graphtec FCX2000 Flatbed Cutting System

As the main focus for print finishing and packaging sample mock-ups we will be exhibiting the highly versatile Graphtec FCX2000 Flatbed Cutting System.

“The FCX2000 is the ultimate solution for prototyping and small production runs of rigid materials without the use of a cutting die and features head pressure of up to 1kg.”

Key Features:

  • Media Hold-Down Method: Vacuum Suction
  • Mountable Media (Y-Axis): 950mm
  • Maximum Cutting Speed: 400 mm/s
  • Tool 1 Cutting Force: Max 4.9N (500 gf)
  • Tool 2 Cutting Force: Max 9.8N (1 kgf)
  • Buffer Memory: 2MB
  • Machine Weights: Approx 76kg – 116kg (Inc Stand)
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Learn More About The FCX2000 Here: Click

Roland VersaUV S-Series Printer

Revolution Digital who we are partnering with for the show will be exhibiting the Roland VersaUV S-Series Printer.

Roland Say

“VersaUV S-Series belt printers offer the ultimate versatility in UV printing to go beyond standard printer capabilities and push the boundaries of direct print possibilities.”

Revolution Say:

• The printer’s conveyor belt has a vacuum so it can hold objects, flat sheets, but also can still hold rolls of media like a normal printer. The vacuum also means there are no pinch rollers so it can hold very delicate and thin material in place without damaging it. 

• The printer can take objects up to 200mm deep. 

• UV ink can print onto most coated and uncoated materials, wood, metal, glass, plastic, fabric, paper, and carton. Therefore this printer can print onto the final substrate the packaging will be made from and so your mock-up can be exactly the same as the final product. 

• The Roland S Series has CMYK white and gloss, so you can print onto clear substrates with the white and the gloss can mimimic textures, such as spot UV, embossing, Braille, and varnish – matt and gloss, creating some fantastic finished effects.

Learn More About The Roland VersaUV S-Series Printer: Click

Roland VersaUV S-Series Printer
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Packaging Innovations | Show Details

  • Show Dates: September 11th & 12th
  • Show Times: 11th: 10am - 5pm | 12th: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: London Olympia | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | W14 8UX
  • Stand Number: H30

“Packaging Innovations returns to Olympia London this September for its 10th edition. It’s the event that brings the industry together in a festival of branded, inspirational, premium and bespoke packaging – making it a must attend for all packaging, marketing and branding professionals.

Benefit from meeting over 180 suppliers under one roof, take advantage of the free-to-attend seminars focusing on specific sector content, plus a host of networking opportunities with decision makers and buyers from top brands.

This is your chance to see what’s NEW in the industry and discover the latest innovations.
So put the 11th and 12th September 2019 in your diary – this is the event not to be missed.”

For ticket information please visit the Packaging Innovations website: Tickets


Graphtec GB Training & Demonstration Centre

Graphtec GB - Nyquist House - Summer 2018

Due to our expanding product range we moved our sales, marketing and administration teams over to the Wrexham Technology Park.

Nyquist House has been home to these teams now since June 2017 and now incorporates a fully equipped Training & Demonstration Centre.

If you are looking to purchase a Graphtec Cutting Plotter, Silhouette Craft Cutter or even Javelin Digital Card Printer then why not book an appointment with our sales team to come in and have a demonstration prior to purchase so that you can rest assured you have the correct machine for your needs.

As the official UK distributor we work closely with all of our dealers. We offer demonstrations on all of our machines without the obligation to purchase directly from us, if you have already been in contact with one of our dealers then we will still welcome you partake in a demonstration prior to purchase at our North Wales HQ.

Graphtec Machines Available For Demonstration

We are more than happy to provide you with a demonstration on your chosen Graphtec plotter prior to purchase. At our demonstration centre you will find:

Graphtec Roll-Fed Cutting Plotters
CE Lite-50

Flat Bed Cutting Plotters

Automatic Sheet Fed Cutting Plotters
F-Mark Plus

Label Printer

To book a demonstration please use the contact form below.

What Else Is Available For Demonstration

At Graphtec GB we are the Official UK Distributor for:

• Graphtec
• Silhouette Craft Products
• Javelin Digital Card Printers
• SAi Flexi Sign Making Software

You can learn all about our brands here > Click <

If you would like a demonstration on a machine from one of our other brands prior to purchase we have :

Silhouette Products

Javelin Products
•  DNA Pro

To book a demonstration please use the contact form below.

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Graphtec GB Training Services

If you are new to your machine or maybe you want to diversify your business then how about booking a training session.

Your training can be tailored to your specific needs. All users have different requirements for their machine so we do not offer specific packages, we will tailor a quote which reflects what you want to learn.

Training will take place in our demonstration suite or, if you have a machine already in place we can come to you to train individually or in small groups.

Please use the contact form below to get in touch to book your training session.

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SAi Flexi Version 19 | Now Available From Graphtec GB

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The latest version of SAi Flexi is now available with the launch of version 19 from the UK’s official distributor and provider, Graphtec GB.

If you are using an older version of Flexi be sure to read on to see how to upgrade to the latest version before the deadline of December 31st. 

New Features Of Version 19

SAi Flexi V19 is filled full of great new features such as:

New Design Features
Cleaver By Path
Vector Erase Tool
Registration Marks Relative To Media
Crop Marks For Manual Trimming
Select Cut Direction

New Printing & Production Features
64 Bit RIP
Print Copy Counter
Automatically Nest
Cut By Layer Or Colours
Group Output By Cut Options
Interleave Tiles And Smart Nest
Cut Option Per Pass

New Colour Management Feature
PANTONE® Fine-Tune Spot Colour Matching Tool

Please Note: Available features depend on which version of the software you sign up for.

Available Flexi V19 Packages

“SAi Flexi software is a powerful all-in-one solution for printing and cutting vinyl.

It’s loaded with amazing features, and it’s designed to be as easy as possible to understand.

The software is great for both beginners and more experienced users and compatible with the best printers & plotters on the market.”

Available Flexi Packages From Graphtec GB

Flexi V19 is available from as little as £24.95 per month via subscription.
If you are new to Flexi and would like to speak to us for advice on which package would work best for you please call us on 01978 666700.
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flexi 19 - unique features

Limited Time Offer Upgrade Packages

For a limited time you can upgrade your older Flexi package to the brand new Version 19 offering.

This offer expires on the 31st of December 2019.

If you have any of the below versions please contact us to get a price on an upgrade fee.

  • V8
  • V10
  • V11
  • V12

Once this offer expires you will no longer be able to upgrade older versions of the software.

Contact us using the contact form below to get a price on your upgrade.

Contact Us For Upgrade


Shack Wrap | End User Stories | Graphtec GB

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Welcome to a brand new feature on the Graphtec GB Blog where we visit users of our market leading machines and see which sectors they are being used in, welcome to End User Stories.

To start off this new feature we visited Graphtec owner and user Nick Shackleton at his Bury based bicycle protection wrapping business, Shack Wrap.

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Who Are Shack Wrap?

Shack Wrap is owned by avid mountain biker and ex-cycle sales person Nick Shackleton who has built a successful business around the demand for wrapping all kinds of bicycles in a protective film to keep the bike protected from the elements at all times and featured on the ITV TV Show Give It A Year with former Apprenctice host Baroness Karren Brady.

Nick uses a Graphtec FC8000 Cutting Plotter to cut templates out of Xpel Paint Protection Film (also knows as PPF) that he then applies to the frame, forks or cranks. This process works to protect the paintwork which keeps the bike looking newer for longer, reduces paint fade & fatigue and can aid in the bike holding a better value when the time comes to sell it on.

Paint Protection Film is widely used in the automotive sector to protect the bodywork of vehicles from stone chips, dirt ingress and to protect against scratches.

With high-end bicycles now widely costing upwards of £5k Nick saw a gap in the market to bring this service into the cycle market and so Shack Wrap was born.

Plotting Problems

Nick originally called us as he was experiencing some problems with the cut performance with the media in his machine especially in the warmer summer months.

When the mercury was rising so was the centre of Nick’s PPF media as it became more malleable and softer in the warmer summer temperatures. 

The bowing effect that the temperature was having on the media would cause the blade to either snag causing the media to wrinkle or drag across the surface leading to unnecessary, unwanted and costly wastage.

However, there was a fix, and quite a simple one at that.

Nick’s FC8000 was equipped with only two push rollers which were positioned at either end of the media but in order to stop the media buckling in the middle we were able to fit an Additional Push Roller Assembly. Adding this extra roller keeps the media flat and held firmly at all times eliminating the troublesome buckle.

The ability to add an extra Push Roller is a stand out feature of the FC series range, unfortunately this isn’t possible with a CE Series Machine. 

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The Bike Wrapping Process

With Nick’s FC8000 back up and running with the new Push Roller Assembly in place it was back to business as usual.

Nick kindly talked us through the process on a brand new frame that had come in for wrapping prior to being built up. This wasn’t a frame that Nick had worked on before so had to draw up the template while he worked on the frame.

Firstly the frame is fully degreased (a much simpler process on a frame that hasn’t yet seen any outdoor action) which makes sure that the adhesive sticks perfectly without any bubbles forming. Once the template is cut Nick wets the frame and film to enable it to slide into position with ease, similar to the process used when applying window tint material to glass.

Once fully wrapped the frame has to dry out before it can be either built or ridden. The wrapping process takes between 3 – 5 hours depending on if Nick has the template already drawn up or not.

Which Cutter Plotter For PPF?

When it comes to cutting Paint Protection Film we specify the Graphtec FC8600 Series Cutting Plotter.

Paint Protection Film can be quite thick and heavy when cutting larger panels for vehicles such as 4×4’s.

The FC Series has a head pressure of 650 grams which enables it to cut through a variety of Paint Protection Film with ease. We usually specify the 1600mm wide plotter for this application especially when the machine is being used within the automotive sector. This wider width allows for whole panels to be cut for larger vehicles which reduces the need to piece jobs together but any width version of the FC is capable of cutting through it.

Learn more about the FC8600 series plotter here: CLICK

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What Paint Protection Films Are Available?

There are many different versions of  Paint Protection Film on the market but there are some stand out brands who provide these medias.

PPF in most cases is made out of a thermoplastic urethane which when applied almost appears invisible and has UV protection qualities to stop to help protect the paintwork from unwanted fading from prolonged exposure to sunlight. PPF is available in different thickness’s for different varieties of protection levels and needs for the user.

The beauty about PPF is that if it gets scratched or damaged it can easily be removed and replaced leaving the paintwork underneath looking as good as new.

Popular Paint Protection Brands Include:

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