Kelly signs installs Esko Kongsberg i-XP24 Finishing Table

Kelly Signs’ Mark Steinberg, General Manager (left), and Marc Nadon, Production Manager with their new Esko Kongsberg i-XP24 Digital Finishing Table.
Kelly Signs’ Mark Steinberg, General Manager (left), and Marc Nadon, Production Manager, with their new Esko Kongsberg i-XP24 Digital Finishing Table.

In order to complete work faster (including contour cuts) on more materials and attract more business, Kelly Signs has purchased a Kongsberg i-XP24 Digital Finishing Table from Esko. The result is that Kelly Signs’ is now taking on more and different jobs than it could previously, as well as drastically reducing turnaround time. The company is one of the largest sign companies of its kind in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario and an integral part of a major sign organization that has been operating successfully since 1947. It produces just about any kind of sign imaginable – including real estate and construction signs, tradeshow displays, banners and vehicle graphics, storefront and building signs, pylon signs and channel letters. It operates two silkscreen presses and two digital flatbed inkjet printers, along with a roll-fed digital printer.

“This is why Kelly Signs has grown into one of the largest real estate sign and full-service sign companies around,” said Mark Steinberg, General Manager, Kelly Signs. In the past, the company either outsourced cutting work or did it by hand. “We had been thinking about investing in a digital finishing table for about three or four years,” recalls Steinberg. “We wanted something that would do everything we threw at it, from vinyl to basically all substrates.” Today, the contour cuts that used to take them 45 minutes by hand now take 45 seconds – and it gives them an improved finish.

The Kongsberg XP24 has a maximum working area of 70” x 141” and a maximum speed of 66” per second. It can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials. An optional conveyor extension is available that can work with rolls or sheets/boards with an Auto-Feeder with scissor-lift and transfer cart system, expanding the quantity of print runs that can be pre-stacked. The seamless workflow no longer requires an operator to restack or transfer materials.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.