Pyramid Visuals

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Pyramid Visuals were contacted by Endemol, the production company behind Big Brother and the current consumer documentary on Channel 4 simply entitled “FOOD”.  The programme series is essentially about investigating the journey of food consumed in the UK every day and examines where food comes from, what happens to it and how long it takes to get to the nation’s dinner plates.

Given that time was short with only days to go until filming commenced for the series, we were asked if we could print an image of a beach scene directly onto a “rigid board type material”.  Having offered various options, the decision was left to us to select the correct substrate required to fulfil the somewhat open-ended brief of, “it will either be free standing on set, fixed to a wall or propped up as a temporary backdrop in front of the presenters”.  We therefore took the decision and recommended that the desired image be printed directly on our Inca Spyder V Flatbed digital machine printed onto a 5mm foamex panel and cut to the required size (10’ x 5’).  This was duly agreed and the ok given.

Fortunately, having sent a proof of the beach scene image to the client for approval prior to pressing ahead with printing, the production company decided that a beach scene wasn’t right after all as the programme was about food, farming and rural sustainability.  With an even tighter deadline, a substitute image was found – one depicting a classic rural scene (as shown below) – and production duly commenced.  The job was completed and despatched from Pyramid Visuals directly to the studio set for immediate filming within 2 days.

Rick  –  September 2010

Images above as featured on the documentary programme, FOOD on Channel 4

Citroen Head office wanted to brighten up there reception area so called in Pyramid Visuals to produce a massive 3 meter high x 5 meter wide digitally printed canvas frame.

This is one of the largest canvas picture frames Pyramid Visuals has produced which was digitally printed on our massive 5 meter wide HP XL1500 solvent printer. The wooden frame was made out of 65mm x 32mm softwood from a non rainforest country with 8 supports.

The printed canvas frame was so large the frame had to be fabricated on site and the canvas stretched onto the wood frame in the reception area.

The print was of a the concept car GTbyCITROËN, which started life as a concept car for the wildly popular Gran Turismo gaming franchise (part of Polyphony Digital Inc. and Sony’s Playstation empire)

Though originally designed as nothing more than a model to drum up interest in the French automaker and the oft-delayed next instalment of Gran Turismo, there has reportedly been so much interest in the GT that there is actually a very real chance that Citroen will put the supercar into limited production, possibly powered by a rumbling V8 engine.

Signs go Signsbiz! With two sign companies recently involving themselves in television programmes, it looks as if the industry is poised to begin a whole new era!
In the first instance Pyramid Visuals,  was approached by Channel Five’s ‘The Gadget Show’ in May 2004 to undertake an experiment of vast proportions.
Together, Pyramid and The Gadget Show compared the difference in picture quality of the traditional professional quality film camera and the up- to- the minute digital cameras which were taking the market by storm.  Now, four years on, digital camera technology was again put to the test with Pyramid Visuals’ state of the art super wide digital printers and expert team.

Pyramid, well known for exceptional quality building wraps, exhibition stands, direct to media and large format digital printing, moved into the digital print market 5 years ago and is growing year on year: this year moving forward into the short run, point of sale market. As a result of this reputation, The Gadget Show trusted the Pyramid team to produce super scaled photo image prints of 17 metres high x 10 metres wide.

The Gadget Show presenters, Suzi and Jon were photographed in a studio using both cameras. The film negatives and memory chip were then handed to Pyramid Visuals to produce the super scaled banner poster prints. The Pyramid graphics team transformed the film image into an electronic format using a drum scanner, to demonstrate the full capability of the traditional camera and get the best printing results possible.

The images from the two cameras were sent from the Apple Mac to the Rip Station where they were then scaled to their final 17 metre x 10 metre size and split into four separate files for each of the four colour processes: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). Once ripped the images were ready to print on the massive HP Scitex XL 5 metre super-wide digital print machine: built on the accomplishments of the market-leading Scitex XL Jet, which has become synonymous with quality and productivity. This digital printer delivers an impressive output of 85 square metres of digital print per hour, which ensures its position as the leading super-wide format printer in the market.

Pyramid selected fire retardant mesh material for this project, which is specially designed for large scale banners, building wraps and scaffolding covers. This type of printing has an 18 month warranty to resist against colour fading as a result of UV exposure, cracking, shrinking and tearing under normal conditions.

Using the market leading printers, it took just 5 hours to print the 340 square metre mesh posters. The rolls of print were then handed to the Pyramid Visuals specialist finishing team to weld the two parts of the posters together and re-enforce the edges with special webbing so that the large eyelets would carry the weight of 62kg super-size banner posters.  The finishing was done on a 14 metre hot air Millerweld Master, one of the country’s largest and fastest PVC welders.

Pyramid Visuals offer the complete package from conceptual design, printing, producing and finishing to the final installation of the product. Once completed the qualified installation rigging team took the banners to Millennium Point in Birmingham where they installed the large poster prints using a cherry picker.

Scitex Press May 2003

Pyramid Launches New Services with the Scitex XLjet

The January/February of popular trade magazine Signs, Screen & Digital Printer, featured Scitex Vision customer Pyramid Digital, of Surrey, England. Describing Pyramid’s transition from the general sign-maker to all round graphics provider, the article highlighted the company’s “bold” step in moving straight up to a Scitex Vision XLjet 3 from its first non-sign-making purchase, Gerber Edge.


Scitex Vision Digital Printer

Pyramid’s chairman John Fidler said that “We felt that rather than purchasing an interim level printer it would, in the longer run, make more commercial sense to acquire a super-wide, high production machine that was versatile enough to accommodate anything from posters to billboards and everything in between”.

According to Signs, Screen & Digital Printer, the Scitex Vision XLjet 3 emerged as the clear favourite of all options on offer, due to the vibrancy and quality of the colour reproduction. The fact that, with a printing speed of 75 sqm/hr, it is one of the fastest printers in its class, and the Scitex Visions XLjet’s ability to switch effortlessly between four- and six colour printing onto a wide variety of different substrates were also important considerations.