Signs Unique buys first CAMM-1 vinyl cutter

Signs Unique Installations of Artarmon, Sydney, is the first printer in Australia to purchase Roland DG’s latest vinyl cutter, the Camm-1 GR Series, supplied by Starleaton, less than a month after it was introduced to the market.

Andrew Brown, managing director, Signs Unique Installation says, “The installation of the new Roland GR cutter so soon after its release is a statement of our intention to be right at the forefront of innovation and progress as we expand sign production capabilities to add to our installation services.”

Following a relocation from Mascot to Artarmon, Brown and his growing team of ten have established a separate business, Unico Creative, to focus on sign production as an adjunct to the Signs Unique Installation business. It works with major national brands such as David Jones, Star Casino, Hungry Jacks, Witchery, Saba and Cue.

According to Starleaton, the Australian suppliers of the Camm-1 GR cutters, the new 64” Roland cutter is the largest of the new range and was chosen to closely match the size and speed of the new OKI ColorPainter printer, also purchased by the Artmaron sign makers.

At 1,485mm/s it is claimed to be the fastest vinyl cutter in its class. Both perforation and contour cutting are supported and increased downforce of the blades means that denser materials can be cut. All operator controls are via the LCD panel, which can also remember jobs from the Roland CutStudio software.

Tom Leggatt, product manager, Starleaton, says, “One of the reasons it has been adopted so quickly is the brand. Roland has a great brand, and have not released vinyl cutters in a while. The enquiries have exceeded our expectations.

“The big step ups from the previous model and others on the market is its increased speed, cutting force, and accuracy. Those three things are key with vinyl cutters. These are the specs that sign makers consider.

“Even for printers who already own a print and cut machine, it is a great off-line piece of equipment which can free up your printer for other jobs.

“We have a lot of quotes, and a lot of enquiries coming in.”

Starleaton says that Signs Unique Installation company has established a reputation as a sign installer for larger contracts that can involve challenging heights, locations, council regulations and OH&S issues.

Brown says, “We project manage all of that. The installation side of the business is not competing with our sign production customers. Our production capacity is a fraction of most of those; but there are some jobs that require an end-to-end approach where we must control the sign manufacture, logistics and all-important installation work. It is like project management and can become quite complex in a multi-site roll out of a new brand image or start-up.”

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