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  • We've ordered another printer – Platinum Q3 3.2m Hybrid

    Posted by David McDonald on April 3, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Hi All

    I’ve been asking for advice on the boards on larger printers over the last 12 months and finally, we’ve made a decision and placed an order. We’ve gone for a Platinum Q3 Hybrid from Liyu UK. I intend to blog our progress with the printer as this is one of those business-changing investments and we’ve put in so much due diligence into this decision.

    Firstly, the Video of the machine is shown at the bottom of this post:

    and the company
    https://www.liyu-uk.com/

    We’re due for installation in 4-5 weeks and can’t wait to get started, that said we’ve already printed and installed a fair meterage off their demo printer whilst we await our unit and the quality is equal or better to any UV we considered.

    Briefly, the reasons we settled on the supplier and model were;

    Build quality – as good as anything we compared it to and high spec branded components and assemblies throughout.

    Print quality – fully loaded with KM1024 heads CMYK, Lc, Lm, White and Varnish (we had the ability to spec the heads/brand and permutation to meet our profile of work)

    Speed – Sellable high quality up to 85sqm/h, topping out over 120 sqm/h, linear rather than belt drive.

    Support – 2 years warranty, full UK engineer coverage (Albeit we are 15 minutes away from their HQ which is convenient)

    Trust – we have long experience of dealing with Eddie and the team on our outgoing flatbed and they’ve always given timely service. This gave us faith to consider this relatively new brand to the UK, although the amount of sales they seem to have going through will mean it will soon become more widely known. I’ll admit though its a big purchase for us and I’m still naturally a little nervous.

    Value for money – overall a great package but don’t want to share prices.

    Apologies if this sounds a bit ‘salesy’ but we are really excited about getting the unit installed and moving onto a new chapter in the business. We have 4 weeks now to pull both workshops apart, move all the other kit around to fit the printer in, build some 3.2m roll storage, get a roll lifter, get the electrics sorted……… . . . . . . . .

    The next step is to replace the HP560 with an 800W later this year and that’ll do us for printers for a length of time.

    I’ll post more in due course but please ask any questions.

    Cheers

    Dave

    https://youtu.be/Yb4kShWV590

    Robert Lambie replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 8 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Graham Scanlan

    Member
    April 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    As it’s a new brand name, I did a bit of research (it’s the way I roll) I’m sure it’s a great bit of kit with great support

    a company incorporated 24 August 2020, with a bit of a past Uvtech was struck off in 2011 and quantum uv 2014 I hope it all works out well for you m8. I’ve no axe to grind and I’m sure your deal is solid but it was a new name and a quick jump on companies house pulled it up, I think I may have a touch of OCD

  • David McDonald

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Hi Graham, interesting info, it is a great piece of kit and a solid deal, we’ve dealt with Eddie and the team since 2016 and we’ve only ever had good advice, experience and superb support for the 6 years. We’ve researched the brand internationally and we’re more than satisfied with the results. We’ll give warts and all updates when it’s commissioned, so far so good and the kit with the package should give us a competitive advantage, watch this space.

    Cheers

    Dave

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 9:50 am

    now that is one sweet looking machine!

  • John Thomson

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 9:56 am

    What a beautiful machine.! I am envious.

    John

  • John Hughes

    Member
    April 4, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Well done David….looks the business. Hope you said thanks to the finance boss😂

    We’ve just ordered a Canon Arizona 135GT with a added roll feed but only 2m wide so will you been selling to the trade now?

    Re your roll lifter… if you haven’t got a forklift already think about that option because so useful with sheets etc etc

  • Khalid Bashir

    Member
    April 5, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Wow, that’s a great looking machine, probably need a fork lift to load the vinyl 🙂

    Very impressive!

    Congrats

  • David McDonald

    Member
    April 6, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Hi John Hughes

    Nice choice with the 135GT and the roll option. We needed to go a bit wider as we wanted to start printing seamless wallpaper – polycril / rafa canvas.

    We will more likely try increase our e-commerce non-trade sales first – less demanding customers. If we do go down the proper trade supply route it will only be when we’ve absolutely nailed the printer, software, workflow, packing etc, plus we’ll need more finishing kit – can’t see it in the immediate future, may be just on a more local basis.

    It has taken some time to produce and present the business case to our Financial Director, aka my wife 😃, she runs a tight ship indeed. Forklift is a good idea but were tight for space.

    Cheers

    Dave

  • Leslie Anderson

    Member
    April 6, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    WOW, what a machine, very impressive. I don’t know what it does, but looks great! 🤣

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    April 6, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I am not familiar with the brand, Dave. but it does look like an impressive bit of kit mate. 😎
    Being only 15 minutes drive from them certainly is a bonus!
    I look forward to reading your Blog updates mate. these type of posts are definitely the best way for other sign makers to learn about the pros and cons of making purchases like this.

    👍