Last month, we had two new large format Mimaki JV300-160 solvent printers and a matching Mimaki CG160 cutting plotter installed at Kokoon. We’ve used Mimaki equipment for our solvent printing requirements from day one, they’re rock solid and reliable – often printing hundreds of square metres each per week. They’re still going strong, but as technology improves, the 4 colour models make way for the faster, 8 colour printers which produce a more accurate colour representation and increase the apparent resolution.
Recently we were visited by the fantastic year 10 Design & Technology students of Wakefield Girls High School. The visit allowed the students the opportunity to experience first hand the processes behind taking an idea from its inception through design and to the final build in a real world setting. We gave the girls a tour of our workshops allowing them to follow the process of design to production to fabrication, concluding with them each constructing their own printed card item of POS graphics.
The day was truly eye opening for the students who gained valuable insight into the industry; learning that even us professionals get it wrong sometimes, or have to go through several trials and cups of coffee before we reach the best solution. For us the day gave us the opportunity to (hopefully) inspire the next generation of designers, fabricators and idea generators – providing we didn’t put too many off.
We love what we do and enjoyed having the opportunity to share it with a fantastic bunch of bright minds, giving them the chance to learn a little bit of what it takes to make anything possible.
We’ve always provided our clients with the highest possible quality of work and now it’s official. We are pleased to announce that Kokoon has been ISO 9001:2008 certified for its quality management system. This achievement is one we are particularly chuffed with as it solidifies our commitment to providing the very highest quality products and services to our clients, something that has been our top priority from the get go. We also see the certification as a significant milestone in our continual efforts to improve, reflecting our ongoing investment in our team, technology, development and process maturity.
It’s plain to see how pleased we are with this achievement and this is because it recognises that our policies, practices and procedures ensure consistent quality in the services and products we deliver every day. This is something we have done since our inception but now the ISO 9001 family of standards has noticed it has allowed us to say with an extra confidence that all of our work is completed to the highest possible standards not matter how big or small the job.
The ISO accreditation shows just how far we’ll go to ensure the best quality of work for all of our clients, so it’s fair to say we’re really rather proud of what we’ve achieved.
In the past few months we have been investing heavily in new equipment making us even more efficient and extending the scope of what we can accomplish.
April saw the installation of a new OCE Arizona 660XT flatbed printer (one of the first in the country), in May we took delivery of a new Laserscript LS1290 PRO laser cutting and engraving machine, and in July our AXYZ 4008 CNC router was installed and immediately put to use cutting complex shaped MDF panels as part of numerous 3D displays.
Production Director Richard Grant commented “Our continued investment in new equipment is allowing us to achieve greater amounts of production in less time, essential in an industry where lead times are minimal. Where in the past, for example, CNC cut components for the woodwork shop would have been subcontracted to a local supplier, now we are producing them more quickly in house and working more cleverly as a result.
We’ve always strived for the best balance of quality and speed with regard to printing as well, the Arizona 660XT has continued this approach.”