YPS at Sign&DigitalUK 2018 Review

Let’s all go to Sign&DigitalUK…

Your Print Specialists at Sign&DigitalUK 2018

The last week in April saw the printing industry descend on the NEC Birmingham for Sign&DigitalUK 2018, the industry’s premier show focusing on print, sign and display.

This was YPS’ fifth year exhibiting and was our most exciting stand yet. Previously just a Mimaki specialist, we have expanded our hardware and finishing equipment offering to include HP Latex, Roland DG and Flexa. We couldn’t wait to show visitors what applications are possible using machines from these brands.

HP Latex a go-go!

The YPS team were very excited to showcase the HP Latex 560 printer. Using water based latex ink, printing directly to fabrics is possible and can be printed on the same machine as traditional sign and display medias. If you visited our stand you will have seen our interior set up including lampshades, fabrics, canvas frames, blinds and cushions. Our personalised chair got lots of attention too and again was printed using our HP Latex 560. Visitors to the stand were invited to see the HP Latex printing direct to fabric and take away sample prints.

HP Latex Partner YPS showcase HP Latex 560 at SignUK

Keep Roland, Roland, Roland…

Also making it’s debut on the YPS stand at Sign&DigitalUK was Roland DG. Showcasing ‘The Future of Print and Cut’ with the Roland TrueVIS VG-540, an eco-solvent integrated print and cut machine. We produced window decals using the white ink installed as well as colour popping poster prints showcasing the wide colour gamut of the Roland TrueVIS inks.

Roland TrueVIS VG-540 printer


The Mimaki UCJV300-160 LED UV roll to roll is a gamechanger. With the ability to produce 4 layer prints for amazing backlits and 5 layer for window coverings alongside traditional print items. Prints are instantly cured, even when printing at high speeds and with the new LUS-170 inks, vibrant colour is still guaranteed. For those looking to switch over from screen to digital the Mimaki UCJV300 series makes the printing of switch membranes easy with the addition of white ink.

Mimaki UCJV300-160 at SignUK


Another brand making it’s Sign&DigitalUK debut on the YPS stand was Flexa SRL, an Italian finishing equipment supplier and one of the latest brands added to the YPS roster. The Flexa Miura II Plus XY cutter is an impressive piece of equipment for trimming and sheeting both blank and printed media. Using registration marks and an optical eye, the Miura can cut a 50m roll both vertically and horizontally in a matter of minutes. The trimmed pop art style poster prints proved being sheet cut proved very popular with show visitors.


Team YPS had a great time at Sign&DigitalUK 2018. Thanks to all who popped on the stand to see us and made it a great week!

If anything has caught your eye, please give the sales team a call on 0191 256 6889 for more information on the machines available at YPS.

Your Print Specialists returns to Sign & Digital UK with exciting new partnerships

Your Print Specialists (YPS) return to Sign & Digital UK with a new addition to it’s portfolio of brands. YPS were appointed an HP Latex Partner in February 2018 with a focus on sales of HP Latex printers in the North of England and Scotland.

YPS are inviting visitors to Sign & Digital UK to ‘expand your potential with HP Latex’ and will showcase the HP Latex 560 and the vast range of products, from home décor to sign and graphic, that can be produced on this versatile machine. “Textile printing and home décor is a huge growth area and the versatility of HP Latex allows for printing on a range of textile media as well as traditional sign and graphic media. We’re excited to be able to offer the range of HP Latex printers to visitors of Sign & Digital UK” says Georgia Brown, Sales Director at YPS.

HP Latex 560 Printer at YPS

As well as HP Latex, YPS will also be bringing flagship equipment from Mimaki and Roland DG. Expanding on last years Think It, Print It, Profit theme, YPS will provide inspiration with demonstrations of the machines and application samples.

There will be a focus on sign and graphic with an eco-solvent Roland TrueVIS being centre stage. Appointed an official Roland Dealer in September 2017, the 2018 Sign & Digital UK show will be YPS’s first show with Roland being demonstrated on the stand.

Roland TrueVIS VG-540 at Your Print Specialists

A Mimaki specialist for many years, the YPS stand would not be complete without the latest innovative offering in the form of the new Mimaki UCJV300-160, a UV LED wide format printer capable of 4 and 5 layer printing. Visitors can explore the capabilities for Industrial Print with the UCJV’s ability to print to a range of sensitive and unusual materials thanks to it’s UV-LED curing technology.

Mimaki UCJV trade in offer launch

“Sign & Digital UK is always an exciting show for YPS. We have a loyal customer base and by adding new brands in the form of Roland and HP Latex to our portfolio, we strengthen our position as a leading digital wide format partner” continues Brown.

Visitors are invited to visit stand E2 to consult with YPS specialists about the specific applications they wish to develop and discover how they can do so with a set up that works with their existing production workflow. The North East based reseller will showcase it’s reputation for expert training and customer service, offering service and know how to support potential customers with bringing their projects and ideas to life.


Update 23/03/2018: YPS are also excited to announce that they will also be demonstrating the Flexa Miura Plus II Automatic XY cutter.

Digital Innovation: Flexa Install at Gate 7

Your Print Specialists customer Gate 7 have expanded their digital output with the recently created Mimaki Digital Suite. To complement this, finishing equipment from Italian manufacturer Flexa has just been installed. The Formula laminator and Miura II Plus XY cutter were installed by Your Print Specialists with Stefano from Flexa offering training and support.

Gate 7 produce high quality decals for the industrial automotive sector with Volvo, JCB and Caterpillar amongst their clients. Therefore finishing equipment that complemented the Mimaki Digital Suite was key. Gate 7 turned to YPS, their existing Mimaki supplier, to offer the solution. The Flexa range of equipment is a new addition to the Your Print Specialists rostra and we are excited to be able to offer this innovative range to Gate 7 and our customers. Manufactured in Italy, Flexa has various solutions available for digital finishing from laminators to roll cutters and banner welders.

Gate 7 are constantly evolving and looking at new processes and practices that can be implemented to improve their manufacturing workflow. The addition of Flexa finishing equipment will help to eliminate the bottleneck caused by the Mimaki expansion, taking current production times from a full day to under an hour.

The decals produced by Gate 7 are subject to heavy duty and harsh working environments so lamination is an important part of the finishing process. The Flexa Formula is a high volume laminator perfect for industrial application. Previously a manual process for Gate 7, the laminator will form an integral part of the workflow and increase production exponentially.

Flexa Formula laminator installed by YPS at Gate 7

Following lamination, the roll is then cut in to sheets. Again, this was a manual process but is now taken care of by the Flexa Miura II Plus. The automatic xy cutter trims and cuts the roll in to sheets ready to go to the relevant department in production. Utilising registration cut marks, the Miura II Plus is equipped with an Edge Control system with optical sensor that reads the printed vertical line. This ensures maximum precision. The cutting blades can also be fine tuned allowing Gate 7 to maintain their high quality output throughout. Different size sheets can also be trimmed and output from the same roll due to the cutting mark reader.

As well as printed media, the Miura can also be used to sheet blank rolls of media into various sizes. This feature is particularly useful for Gate 7, who use sheets of coloured vinyls and reflective materials within their screen print production.

Flexa Miura xy cutter at Gate 7

Flexa Miura II Plus XY cutter in action at Gate 7

The full range of Flexa products can be viewed here. If you would like to discuss how Flexa could work for your business, please contact the team or on 0191 256 6889.