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The Launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800

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Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor, has announced the launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800. This machine is a revolutionary new digital heat transfer sublimation printer that brings high-end features to entry and mid-level markets.

Significant features include one-pass printing at a high-resolution and ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll, and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.

With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki delivers on making high-end digital textile printing features available to a much wider market. Textile experts can now effortlessly scale their operation with an affordable sublimation printer that meets the high quality and fast turnaround times required in the dynamic textile and apparel industry.

“The TS55-1800 is a breakthrough digital textile printer, that will surely cause a stir in the market, it has been designed from the ground up to deliver high quality, industry-leading productivity and an operational cost that will be hard to beat” says Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki Europe.

Mimaki offers its customers a high return on investment with the TS55-1800 that will be sold at a very competitive price-point.

One of the key features of the TS55-1800 is the optional use of new Mini Jumbo Roll unit that can continuously feed 2,500 linear meters of heat transfer paper to the printer. This will enable customers to substitute Small Plotter Rolls with Mini Jumbo Rolls and benefit from a saving of over 20% in print media cost. Additionally, Mimaki reports that Mini Jumbo Rolls of Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, will be offered as a package deal with the TS55-1800.

In addition, the printer is fitted with the unique Mimaki Nozzle Check and Recovery System and 10-litre ink tanks, which ensure fail-safe continuous operation for extended operational periods, such as overnight-unattended printing.

As stated by Mimaki, the “TS55-1800″ achieves both high productivity and stunning print quality while ensuring reliable long-time continuous operation and cutting the production cost.

Is this the next revolution in textile printing?

www.hybridservices.co.uk




Multicolour Embroidery With a Single Thread

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The world’s first instant colouring unit, Coloreel, launched its successful product on the 17-20th September for the European market at the fair Avantex in Paris.

This product launch will lead to a massive breakthrough for the business and provide several official sales of the Coloreel unit for all European distributors.

With thousands of visitors at the reception of Avantex to see Coloreel’s instant thread colouring unit and the included colourisation software Coloreel Studio, the idea got many overwhelming and inquisitive views.

The Coloreel unit impressed many people, such as embroidery producers, digitisers, designers and apparel manufacturers including high-level brands and many requests to buy the revolutionary product were made.

Founder and Innovator at Coloreel, Joakim Staberg said: “FINALLY, after many years and so much hard work, we have now launched our first product! The market response is exceptional and it’s very inspiring that people came to Paris from all over the world just to meet with us.”

This momentous product launch was celebrated with Coloreel distributors, leading brands in the apparel industry, partners, end-customers and the Coloreel team.

“I feel proud and happy, all the visitors were impressed, both the ones we have had contact with earlier and the new ones we meet for the first time’ says Magnus Hellström, VP Sales & Marketing at Coloreel. ‘We have every feature people ask for in the Coloreel unit and that feels great.”

The Coloreel unit will bring the embroidery industry to a new level as the Coloreel technology enables high-quality instant colouring of textile thread while it is in the textile production. By instantly colouring a white base thread during the embroidery production, the Coloreel unit enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any restrictions in the use of colours.

For the future of Coloreel, shipping of the instant colouring unit will begin in 2019 to customers in Europe, with the USA following. Coloreel’s next step is to increase the distribution in a very quality assured and service-oriented way.

With the outstanding reviews from the product launch of the instant thread colouring unit was a clear indication that the whole world is longing for this product.

www.coloreel.com




How to protect yourself against a ransomware attack.

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How to protect yourself against a ransomware attack.

In light of the ransomware outbreak earlier this month I would like to give you some information on how to protect yourself against a ransomware attack.

Firstly, what is ransomware? Well let me take it back a step and tell you what malware is as ransomware is a type of malware. Malware is a software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorised access to a computer system. Ransomware, is when your files are held to ransom. Ransomware can take over a computer and prevent the user from gaining access to their data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware encrypts data on a computer using an encryption key only the attacker knows. If you want to decrypt them, you have to pay. If the ransom is then not paid, data is often destroyed and lost forever.

As you have mostly probably heard recently in the news, a ransomware attack, also known as WannaCry or WeCrypt, was recently spread across the globe and is believed to have affected 200,000+ organisations. The cyber-attack struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in Microsoft operating systems.

According to the BBC the majority of machines hit by the WannaCry ransomware worm in the cyber-attack were running Windows 7. This maybe linked to the fact that many organisations failed to apply a patch, issued by Microsoft in March, that blocked the vulnerability which WannaCry exploited.

There have also been suggestions that the reason UK hospitals have suffered is because many of them relied on programmes that required Windows XP – a version of Microsoft’s OS that debuted in 2001. Support for Windows XP was discontinued in 2014. Microsoft actually reneges on its own update policy to push out a patch for unsupported Windows XP and Windows 8 to help defend against the ransomware attack.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from ransomware;

Back up your files

The greatest damage a ransomware attack can have is the loss of files, including pictures and documents.
The best protection against ransomware is to back up all of the information and files on your devices in a completely separate system. A good place to do this is on an external hard drive that isn’t connected to the internet. This means that if you suffer an attack you won’t lose any information to the hackers.
Organisations often save copies of their data to external servers that will not be affected if their main network is attacked.

Be suspicious of emails, websites and apps

For ransomware to work hackers need to download malicious software onto a victims computer. This is then used to launch the attack and encrypt files.
The most common ways for the software to be installed on a victim’s device is through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programs.
People should always exercise caution when opening unsolicited emails or visiting websites they are unfamiliar with. Never download an app that hasn’t been verified by an official store, and read reviews before installing programs.

Use an antivirus program

An age-old computer security tip, antivirus programs can stop ransomware from being downloaded onto computers and can find it when it is.
Most antivirus programs can scan files to see if they might contain ransomware before downloading them. They can block secret installations from malicious adverts when you’re browsing the web, and look for malware that may already be on a computer or device.

Always install updates

Companies often release software updates to fix vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install ransomware. It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available.

Never pay the ransom

Victims of ransomware attacks are advised to never pay the fee as it encourages attackers and may not result in files being recovered. There are some programs that can help decrypt files. Or, if you have a back up, you can restore your device from that.


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2016 TMT Technology Elite Award.

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2016 TMT Technology Elite Award.

Cuskit Limited have officially been selected as one of 2016’s Technology Elite by TMT News.
TMT performed extensive research throughout the UK technology sector and found that Cuskit Limited are one of the top suppliers of ERP systems to a wide range of clients and have consistently shown innovation with their bespoke software products.

Here at Cuskit Limited, all of our work is customer driven – all of our development is carried out with our customers’ needs and wants in mind. Our flagship product, the TeqControl ERP Software Suite, consists of a targeted product base which has been developed and refined over 25+ years working closely in partnership with our existing customers. TeqControl covers a wide range of mix-and-match modules including: Sales Order Management, Product Management, On & Off-Shore Manufacturing, Financial Accounting, Procurement, ManPacks, Payroll and Time & Attendance.

Along with our TeqControl ERP suite, we also specialise in Bespoke Software and Custom Web Design & eCommerce. Whether it’s a website, mobile app, a single user desktop app or a full multi-user system with on-going support – you can trust us to deliver.

“We are delighted to accept TMT’s 2016 Technology Elite Award as a recognition of our innovative products and long standing contribution to the technological development of the clothing and associated industries. We pride ourselves in taking time to fully understand our clients’ business processes by working closely with key members of their organisation. By combining a high level of quality, value and industry knowledge, we are able to deliver the most appropriate solutions to our individual clients, helping them to improve overall efficiency and in turn increase the profitability of their business.”
- Aaron Donohoe, Managing Director.


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Top Five Signs Your Business Is Ready for an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System.

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Top Five Signs Your Business Is Ready for an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System.

End of the month financials are becoming longer and more difficult. Sales forecasts tend to be more guesswork than actual figures. You are struggling to match stock levels with order volume, and customer satisfaction is low. If any of these sound familiar, then you should consider an ERP system.

1 Lots of different software is used for different processes.

How do staff record, track and process information? Do the sales and accounting staff use different systems that in turn makes the process of getting orders posted into accounts a lengthy and tedious task? Do warehouse staff also use a completely different system to accounting and sales staff which again lengthens communications?

When various systems are running separately it can cause havoc on business processes. Without accurate data from sales, there will be no way to keep efficient stock levels, if there is any sort of problem with accounting this can cause lots of problems, especially with anything budget based or even payroll!

ERP software brings together and integrates all these systems so every function works from the one database. An ERP system is one source of information that contains accurate, real-time data, helping staff make better more informed decisions and freeing up more working time.

2 You don’t have easy access to information about your business.

What’s your average sales margin? If you don’t know how long will it take you to find out? If you need to manually update and reconcile these it could be a long wait.

The pace of business is faster than it has ever been, this means that staff must have immediate access to key data. With an ERP system in place, a decision maker can get an overview of all business operations at any time, along with other staff who can get the information they need to do their jobs more efficiently. A perfect example of this would be a sales representative should be able to see a customer’s order history giving them the opportunity to upsell and cross-sell opportunities.

3 The accounting process continues to get longer and is more tedious.

An ERP system can ensure that accounts staff don’t waste their time inputting duplicate information into multiple databases. With an ERP system financial reports will be quicker and easier to produce and be more accurate.

4 Sales and customer experience are not what they could be.

Keeping the correct stock levels is key for business growth. When a business is using different software for sales, stock control and customer information it can cause serious implications. If a business runs out of a specific product, sales will be down until the next shipment arrives. If a customer calls to enquire about their order and you can’t let them know if it’s been shipped, or even if it’s in stock your business will start to develop a poor reputation for reliability and service.

5 Your IT systems are too complex and time-consuming.

If your staff are struggling to keep up with multiple systems that are each performing different business functions, an ERP system can solve this! All business functions are put onto one centralised system making things easier and more efficient for staff.

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Consolidating all your organisations IT systems into one brings a multitude of advantages.

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Consolidating all of your organisations IT systems into one brings with it a multitude of advantages.

Quite often an organisation will be using two, three or even more systems for their day-to-day business functions. One system is often used for accounting, a separate system used for sales and yet another separate system may be used for manufacturing. By consolidating all of your IT software into one centralised system you will gain a multitude of advantages.

TeqControl ERP, our flagship product, has modules covering all business operations such as Sales Orders, Stock Control & Warehousing, Accounting, Manufacturing / Production, Purchasing, Time & Attendance and Payroll. Customers who have switched from using numerous systems to just TeqControl have seen a drastic improvement in their overall efficiency as well improved reporting and information visibility.


Consolidating all your organisations IT systems into one will give you and your organisation an array of benefits, these include:

More standardised processes. Staff across your entire organisation will be using the same system, with the same processes. Not only will this make training and best practices easier, but there is also an opportunity to reallocate staff more strategically or ease the overhead involved in short term staff cover.

Reduction in maintenance costs. Why pay hardware and licensing costs for 4 systems when you only need one?

Improved reporting. Tightly linked data from all areas of your company can be combined and reported with the click of a button. Need to know which sales order a production order is for? No problem!

Increased security. Instead of having your company data spread out across a number of different systems all data is kept in one system, allowing for easier backup, replication, uptime and maintenance.

Improved customer relations. Having a single view of all customer data speeds up resolution of customer queries or NCRs. CRM has never been so easy!

One single helpline to call. Whether it’s a new and complex report you’d like or an obscure product code from 5 years ago that you only remember vague details for, simply give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to help you get you what you need.


If you feel that your business could benefit from a single centralised system that covers all of your day-to-day operations, then the TeqControl ERP ticks all the boxes.
If, however, you’d prefer to stick with your current financial system, or payroll system, or even ecommerce system, TeqControl can easily integrate with any or all of them – bringing data from each of the separate systems together. As long as the information is available we can work with it!

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The rise of more bespoke ERP solutions.

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The rise of more bespoke ERP solutions.

It’s only natural that companies will look for the most cost effective ERP system. SMEs are realising that although all round larger ERP systems are impressively powerful, they are often spending money on functionality that they will neither need nor use. This has led to the rise of more bespoke ERP systems as suppliers are realising the value of meeting customers long term needs with tailored and even sector specific ERP packages.

Here at Cuskit we provide bespoke ERP systems so you can chose as little or as many modules as you would like, all our development is done with the customer in mind. All of our systems are built from the ground up which adds the real bespoke element for each customer, this also allows us to eliminate the initial large license fees. Some other vendors may supply customers with Microsoft Dynamics NAV – a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, which may then involve more cost for the customer through integration to current software or data.

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The top 5 benefits of an ERP system.

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The top 5 benefits of an ERP system.

Implementing an ERP system comes with many advantages, here are the top five most common benefits that our customers have reported:

1. Efficiency. An ERP system can eliminate the need for repetitive processes thus reducing the need to manually enter information. An ERP system can also streamline your businesses processes making it easier and more efficient to collect data.

2. Centralized easily accessible information. Instead of having data scattered across different databases all information can be stored in one location, kept consistent and up-to-date.

3. Reporting. An ERP system helps make reporting easier and more customizable, making it a lot easier to respond to complex data requests. Users can also run their own reports. As long as the information is there it can be reported on!

4. Customer relations. Providing top quality customer service is made much easier when using an ERP system, through faster and more accurate information it is easier to interact with customers and improve relationships with them.

5. Security. An ERP system will improve the accuracy, consistency and security of data. Restrictions to the access of information can also be enhanced.

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What is ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)?

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What is ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)?

If you are wanting to integrate all aspects of your business into one central user friendly easy to use system, you should look at an ERP Enterprise Resource Planning solution. ERP Enterprise Resource Planning refers to both the tools and software that a business uses to manipulate and manage information. All the information is stored in one database so that the user(s) can see how everything is running.

Our flagship product TeqControl ERP has modules covering Sales Orders, Stock Control, Financial Accounting, Purchase Management, Production, Time & Attendance and Payroll. TeqControl ERP then takes all the software and applications used to run each of these modules and converts it to one software application. Our goal is to ensure that everything is running to optimal efficiency and is sync with each other.

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Demonstrations.

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Demonstrations.

A quick blog to give you some guidance on getting demonstrations from potential suppliers.

Your place or mine?

Surprisingly, some purchasers never visit a potential supplier – its imperative not to miss out on this! A visit is a chance to see your potential purchase in action, with the data volumes you envisage. If you plan to buy a multi-user system, then only seeing the software on a single-user portable PC isn’t always very representative.

It can also be quite fun, and very informative. You can have a good poke round their place and see their facilities. Talk to their support people. For example, suppose one of your suppliers existing customers main server breaks down right this minute, do they have a spare one (or even better, half a dozen) ready and waiting? Is their support area crazily busy, or does it look as though they could handle more queries (maybe yours) as well?

How many demonstrations are needed, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5?

It’s quite a good idea to have a quick “first round” of demonstrations to see what’s on the market. Then revise your requirements as appropriate. Then later, go back to the better one(s), to check that they have all the features you saw elsewhere.

The standard sales spiel

Try your hardest not to fall for this, the supplier has done lots more demonstrations then you have. It’s natural that they’ll want to show the strengths of their products, not the weaknesses. Agree and set an agenda!

8 Do’s & Don’ts for a demonstration

1) Yawn warning! It’s said that the average person has a concentration span around 15 minutes. So within this time the potential supplier should’ve shown you the software and made you understand what it is all about. If you have had a previous meeting, this presentation should DIRECTLY relate to the points discussed, and hopefully not just be a standard demo. Ideally, a show around the computer screen -> how it works -> solutions to the points on your checklist.

2) I’m lost! Deduct some points if the demo runs to fast or to slow, is too confusing, or if questioning is cut short or if questions are not understood. Also points deducted if they don’t actually show you the software in action – slide shows, diagrams, clever chat and videos are generally used if the software is not up to scratch.

3) Who’s attending? At least one of your most senior people / decision makers should attend one demonstration of the system you plan to buy.

4) The agenda! Tell the potential supplier what you would like to see.

5) Be precise! Don’t beat around the bush about a specific point – how exactly does the system handle a specific query?

6) Be picky but not too picky! Don’t be palmed away with things like “if it’s good enough for Jaguar Landrover it’s definitely going to do all that you want isn’t it?” However don’t be too awful to them, good suppliers can easily decide they don’t want your business.

7) Check the original checklist! If you have altered what you wanted since the last demonstration, let them know!

8) Ask questions! Simple as it sounds.

Here at Cuskit we are always available to come out and meet you and show you a demonstration of our systems, if you would like you could come onto site of one of our current customers and see the system in action! If you’d like to know more about our products or custom software solutions, please contact us on either 01827 312217 or drop us an email

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