Wilmot-Budgen doubles production speeds following Zünd D3 installation


Picture caption: The Zünd D3 was installed at Wilmot-Budgen after its launch at drupa

St Albans, November 15th 2016: Point-of-sale specialist Wilmot-Budgen says it has doubled production speeds on two-sheet cutting processes following the installation of a brand new Zünd D3 XL3200 digital cutting table, combined with its existing Zünd Board Handling System.

Launched at drupa in May this year, the Zünd D3 features two beams and specially developed software to multiply productivity. It is ideal for a wide range of applications including signage and graphics, composites, textiles and leather.

Wilmot-Budgen became the first business in the UK to install a Board Handling System, combined with a Zünd G3 XL320, earlier this year, and opted to keep the BHS after upgrading to the Zünd D3. As all Zünd systems have a modular design, they allow users to change or upgrade tools, material handling systems or – as Wilmot-Budgen chose to do – the whole cutting table.

Indeed, the Surrey-based company ordered the Zünd G3 for its digital department based on the agreement that it would be replaced by the double-beam Zünd D3 after its unveiling at drupa.

“We had been keeping an eye on Zünd’s R&D and when we were told about the new Zünd D3 we made the purchase based on having it installed after its launch,” said Peter Burford, Operations Director at Wilmot-Budgen, at the time.

“We were the first business in the UK to have the Board Handling System and are really pleased with it. It feeds, cuts and delivers material automatically allowing for longer runs to be unattended.”

Wilmot-Budgen had already seen an increase in turnaround times and productivity after adding the new Zünd G3 table, and has achieved even more improvements since this was swapped for a Zünd D3.

“Having taken delivery and installation of the Zünd D3, combined with the Board Handling System, the production speed on two-sheet cutting has doubled as anticipated,” comments Peter Burford.

“We have seen a further speed increase on single-sheet cutting due to optimisation in the software to take advantage of the dual beam configuration. Unattended operation levels are high and we now have 24-hour production on the system.”

The Zünd cutter complements all forms of flat card point-of-sale and free-standing display units on corrugated and solid board materials used by Wilmot-Budgen.

“The Zünd D3 was designed to double productivity and we’re delighted that Wilmot-Budgen has achieved that and more,” says Peter Giddings, Sales Director, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd. “By running 24-hour shifts it is proving how its automation and robustness can multiply output.

“Combined with the Zünd Board Handling System, Wilmot-Budgen’s Zünd D3 cutting table is probably the most efficient POS prototype production system in the UK.”

For further information or to book a visit to Zünd UK’s demonstration suite in St Albans, please email sales@zund.co.uk or call 01727 833003.

About Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd

The Zünd name is synonymous with the words performance, reliability and quality. Established in 1993, Zünd UK has rapidly become one of the industry leaders in the supply and service of precision cutting systems. Situated to the North of London and close to the M1/M25 motorway network is Zünd UK’s sales and service centre offering a full pre- and after-sales service and a state-of-the-art demonstration suite complete with a range of new G3 cutters, cutting table options and finishing solutions. Factory-trained technicians and a comprehensive spares service at Zünd UK ensure that all systems are maintained to the highest level and with a fast response by UK-based engineers.

Zünd UK offers finishing solutions into a wide range of different markets such as graphics, sign and display, textile, aviation, motor sport, packaging and retail. For further information, please visit www.zund.co.uk or follow @ZUNDUK on Twitter.

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