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Boosting morale and slashing production times

Having suffered with an unreliable and slow machine for years, the installation of a brand new bookletmaker has seen one print firm cut its production times and boost staff morale.

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Lee Fowler, IFS technical sales and Matt Watkiss, L G Davies operations director with the Horizon SPF-200A

Following much deliberation, Birmingham-based L G Davies, has settled for a Horizon SPF-200A highly automated bookletmaker and a VAC-1000 tower collator from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS).

The Horizon 4,500bph JDF-ready SPF/FC-200A bookletmaker offers instant set ups via a large icon-based colour touchscreen for user-friendly operation. The screen can be used for on-the-run fine tune adjustments as well as the store and recall of up to 200 jobs.

The firm, which has been supplying both public and private sector clients for over 55 years, made the decision to look for a new machine after it was “constantly let down” by its existing bookletmaker. L G Davies also says it experienced a lack of support from the manufacturer.

We manufacture using multiple print technologies – litho, digital and inkjet – so it had to be able to handle all of these

Having reviewed options from Watkiss, Plockmatic and Horizon, Matt Watkiss, operations director at L G Davies, chose the SPF-200A. Watkiss says: “We contacted IFS for options and they quickly did the due diligence required to give us solutions to consider.

“The SPF-200A ticked all the boxes when it came to the booklet making solution we needed. We wanted a system that was proven to be reliable and fast which the Horizon kit was. We also liked its ease of use and its build quality.

“We manufacture using multiple print technologies – litho, digital and inkjet – so it had to be able to handle all of these. We also wanted a company that would give us a long-term support partnership.”

Following the installation, the firm can now complete a job that would have taken one to two days on the old machine, in four hours. Staff morale has also improved with operators now able to rely on the machine to perform efficiently. “It’s a company-wide win-win,” adds Watkiss.

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