Pyramid International is a promotional merchandise network of 10 companies across the globe, producing bulk and print-on-demand promotional merchandise

Pyramid International offers a wide range of promotional merchandise including posters and wall art, stationary, printed mugs and giftware, mostly focused around licensed properties, such as film, TV and gaming releases including those from some of the biggest names in the business such as Disney, Marvel and Netflix.

While most of Pyramid’s bulk orders are fulfilled off-shore, a significant and growing quantity of print-on-demand orders are fulfilled in the UK. A bespoke workflow has been developed so that each product has its own production line, with dedicated printers serving each line. Within its printer portfolio, Pyramid now uses two Epson SureColor SC-F9300 dye sublimation machines to drive the production of printed ceramic mugs, producing decals that are then heat-transferred to the end product in an industrial oven.

Higher print quality for easy licenser approvals

One of the biggest challenges that Pyramid had been facing was print quality. “We had been running a pair of Mimaki JV300 machines and we needed to find a new solution as results were really poor,” explains Kyle Hearst, Print Production Manager at Pyramid International. “The images were very grainy and our licensers were increasingly rejecting what we were sending them so we couldn’t get the items approved for production and out to the retailers for sale. Timing for merchandise around film and game launches is absolutely critical so we needed to find machines we could rely on to consistently deliver on time without any compromise on quality.”

“We have a close working relationship with i-Sub, an Epson reseller, and when we explained the issues we were experiencing, they guided us towards the SureColor SC-F9300. The quality of the print from these machines is amazing compared to what we had before. Customers have actually been getting back to us telling us how much it’s improved, so that’s a big plus.”

The Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead produces exceptional image quality thanks to its 360dpi printhead nozzle configuration, producing a maximum resolution of up to 720 x 1440dpi. Epson UltraChrome DS inks produce vibrant colours, sharp contours and smooth gradations, with excellent light and wash fastness, and outstanding abrasion and perspiration resistance.

Tripled production capacity

Printing over 250,000 print-on-demand mugs each year, speed is essential to Pyramid. “The SureColor SC-F9300 is certainly faster than the Mimakis were, but the bottleneck was always the heat transfer,” continues Hearst. “We worked closely with i-Sub to develop a new profile for the Epson printers that put down less ink, while maintaining colour that pops. This meant that the mugs cured 3x quicker, so we can now produce triple the number of mugs in a day than we could before. It saves on ink as well, but the time saving is massive and we can also deliver short-turnaround orders much faster. i-Sub have been incredible in terms of support and they’ve really helped us get the most out of these printers. The additional value they’ve added has been phenomenal.

“Another huge time saver has been the fact that the maintenance programme for these machines is so easy. The SC-F9300 has a self-maintenance kit in it. The Mimakis needed attention every day, whereas with the Epson machines it is once a week. The printers are also easy to use and train people on. We often work with staffing agencies so we bring in agency staff and train them in different departments. The RIP’s GUI is straightforward and intuitive, so it’s really easy to train them up on these printers.”

Epson's Edge Print software offers enhanced control of print output. Users simply install the hardware and RIP software and gain access to a host of features, including preview, hot folder, copy, trimming, nesting tiling and step and repeat. Edge Print works intuitively with other Epson tools, such as the browser-based Control Dashboard, which allows you to set up customised print settings quickly and easily. Epson’s LFP Accounting Tool also helps you calculate the value of each print, based on ink and substrate consumption, allowing you to cost each job accurately.

Summa Press Release / For immediate release 24/04/2019

Highly accurate on printed fabric while maintaining the speed for large production

Summa is proud to announce that its brand new L3214 laser cutting machine will be introduced at FESPA 2019. This is the second Summa style laser unit and equipped with a 1.4 m long conveyor bed on a total width of more than 3.2 m, to be exact 3.35 m. 

Besides the size, one of its most unique features is the on-the-fly cutting process, which allows for continuous feeding of material to the machine. This will make the user much more productive. While the machine continues cutting, the newly cut material is readily available for pick-up from the conveyor belt. Fast, accurate, and on-the-fly cutting – the L3214 is bound to change the go-to-market strategy for applications in soft signage, home decoration, sportswear and fashion. The L3214 will be on display at FESPA 2019 in Hall A5Booth F20

Meet your customers’ deadlines and improve your margin 

Summa has developed a unique on-the-fly cutting concept to ensure a perfectly cut product that’s ready to roll off the table. The concept has many benefits to offer, which contribute to higher productivity, enabling L3214-users to serve their customers faster with high accuracy. To illustrate this, when processing typical jobs, the machine even cuts 400 m2 an hour. 

At the core of the enhanced productivity lies a top-notch camera recognition system. Instead of getting your files ready, or waiting for the material to be scanned, this Summa L3214 Vision system continuously scans the material and automatically creates the cut vector needed for the job. The system secures continuous cutting, even when the conveyor is moving, saving you a considerable amount of valuable time.  

At this high speed, Summa is still able to maintain the high standards for accuracy. A motorized de-reeler makes sure there is no fabric distortion while cutting. The system secures a constant and stable fabric feed onto the vacuumed cutting bed. By creating a loop in the material, the de-reeler relaxes the material, reduces distortion and secures an accurate cut. No more idle periods, yet boosted productivity instead with a perfectly cut product that’s immediately ready for shipment or further processing. 

Like all L Series, also the L3214 enjoys the following benefits: 

  • Cutting quality that exceeds your expectations, thanks to the perfectly sealed edges.  
  • Processing textiles with high precision and without fraying by default, through contactless cutting with a laser. 
  • Any deformations are automatically recognized by the intelligent camera system and immediately compensated in the cutting vector. 
  • Material optimization reduces waste with the Vision technology because the laser system does not need markers, the cutting designs can be placed much closer to each other, ensuring maximum use of the material.  
  • Environment & Safety is a priority. Fumes are removed by the internal extraction system and cutting by laser produces no dust fibres ensuring a clean work environment. The L Series is enclosed to meet the Class 1 standard, ensuring the laser cutting source is covered during operation and machine pauses if the cover is open. 

Laser cutting excellence at FESPA 2019  

Textile is one of the fastest growing markets nowadays, where on-demand digital printing proved to be the gamechanger many soft signage, sportswear and fashion brands need. Printed textiles still require finishing and nothing cuts as accurately as laser cutting. The contactless cutting means no fabric distortion, low to none dust generation, no tool wear and no fraying of synthetic textiles thanks to the edge sealing feature. It can be applied to any type of material and secures a quick and precise cutting of even the most intricate designs.  

Wim Maes, Executive Director & CCO at Summa nv comments: “Our first model is a crowd-pleaser, especially in sportswear, but large format textiles and on-demand business models, raised the bar and a fast time-to-market is needed. The market asked for a bigger L Series model and we gladly comply. Textile will again be a major focus market at FESPA 2019 with many visitors looking for the perfect match of quality and price. Seekers of excellence in this field will find it on our stand F20 in Hall A5. We invite everyone to experience the benefits of laser cutting first-hand by joining one of the demonstrations and viewing the accurate and fast output the L3214 delivers with on-the-fly cutting technology.” 

Visitors to the show can join live demonstrations, feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request more information. Press members who would like to meet with management or specialists can reach out to the contact person as displayed in the attachment. 

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About Summa

With more than 30 years of experience building cutting plotters, Summa is able to meet the ever changing market demands by providing innovative products that ensure optimized workflow productivity and a perfect finishing at all times. Summa’s global headquarters is located in Gistel, Belgium and can be reached by calling +32 59 00 27 11 or at

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