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Print firm expands group folding capacity

In order to enhance its group folding capacity, Yorkshire-based print firm imageData has replaced its old MBO folder with a new Stahlfolder KH78.

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imageData has invested in an additional folder from Heidelberg

As the company already owns a Stahlfolder at its Wilerby site, it can now complete 99% of all folding configurations in-house. The firm hopes the investment in the new machine will significantly improve flexibility and speed of makeready.

Heidelberg say the Stahlfolder machines are specially designed for the requirements of industrial signature production.

Having traded for over 35 years, imageData regularly invests in the latest equipment and is often used as a beta test site by suppliers. After looking at options from MBO and Heidelberg, the firm chose a combination rather than a buckle folder, due to the reduced footprint.

We have always been impressed with Stahl’s build quality and reliability and cannot highlight one specific feature that swayed our decision

The firm says: “Speed of turnaround is critical for this company which uses dry sheet technology and needs finishing to keep up. imageData Group is a one-stop-shop for print, data and visual communications.”

Pete Shaw, production director of imageData adds: “We have always been impressed with Stahl’s build quality and reliability and cannot highlight one specific feature that swayed our decision.

“It was the overall package that convinced us, and it was also the model our operators preferred.”
imageData provides a range of print services including litho (B1 sheet-fed), large- and small-format digital and screen printing.

Between 2012 and 2015, the firm invested over £5.5m on new plant and equipment.

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