Getting the Competitive Edge with HEMTEK ST – An Interview with Urs Imhof from xzeichen werbetechnik
There are over 3,000 print shops in Switzerland. Nearly every village has at least one advertising technician who digitally prints designs on tarpaulins from 150 cm to 500 cm wide. One of these advertising technicians is xzeichen werbetechnik from Giswil, Switzerland. xzeichen is one of the most successful suppliers in this highly competitive market. How were they able to become so competitive? Find out in the interview below.
Urs Schmid, Product Manager Technical Textiles & Industrial Fabrics at Leister Technologies AG, visited Urs Imhof, owner of xzeichen in Giswil, and spoke with him about his experience seam welding with HEMTEK ST.
Where do you use the HEMTEK ST?
Banners, truck tarpaulins, etc. are produced in various sizes and designs for indoor and outdoor advertising. The material used to print and the printer are selected individually according to specific requirements. A seam is often required as edge reinforcement. Here the HEMTEK ST is a valuable resource for us.
You've had the HEMTEK ST for a year now. What has changed as a result?
Before we had the HEMTEK ST, we had to fix the seams on the advertising banners with double-sided adhesive tape. This was a big effort and the result still wasn't as we would have liked it to be. The seams were partially inaccurate and unclean. The costs for adhesives and adhesive tapes can add up when trying to produce high-quality and accurate seam welding results.
Have you always been able to manage this workload with your company?
No. Often, we were partially behind schedule and had to pass on extensive amounts of work to external manufacturers. As you can imagine, this resulted in additional costs and loss of time.
If you look back now, did the investment in the HEMTEK ST make sense to you?
With the HEMTEK ST, our process has become easier and the results are always excellent.
We were never able to produce these results with our previous machines and processes. Now we're able to produce everything in-house, which has increased the amount of time and money we save. This has been the biggest benefit for us.
Did the seam welding with the HEMTEK ST work out so well right from the start?
Yes, because the machine is really easy to use. Anyone can do seam welding with the HEMTEK ST. No special knowledge is required. Here at xzeichen, all my employees can work with it effortlessly. After a short training session, we were ready to weld seams independently with the HEMTEK ST.
Do you use the HEMTEK ST for any seam or especially for large tarpaulins?
We use the HEMTEK ST for each seam. From my point of view, the purchase of this versatile welding machine is worthwhile even with a smaller order volume. The time and cost savings and the improved quality of the seams mean that the investment quickly pays for itself.
Seaming with the HEMTEK ST is at least three times faster than our conventional methods. As previously mentioned, there are no additional material costs - such as for adhesive tapes.
Seam welding with the HEMTEK ST
Perfect seam, welded with HEMTEK ST
Thanks to HEMTEK ST, xzeichen is still well positioned?
I'm satisfied. Thanks to the HEMTEK ST we are much more flexible than before. We can process higher order volumes in a shorter time period and don't have to pass orders to external manufacturers. This is how we remain competitive.
Thank you for the interview. We're pleased to hear how satisfied you are with HEMTEK ST. We wish you and your employees continued success.
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