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Finishing

IFS reveals sales spike as demand rises

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) has reported an increase in sales in recent weeks as more print companies turn to the firm for support with finishing technology.

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Harrier’s new StitchLiner Mark III has a top speed of 6,000bph and up to 12,000bph with two-up production

Harrier LLC is one of many companies to have reached out to IFS to enhance its finishing capabilities, having invested in a next generation StitchLiner Mark III.

The digital print, photo print and gift products provider purchased the device in order to elevate its book production and expand into new markets.

The firm’s StitchLiner Mark III boasts a maximum speed of 6,000bph and up to 12,000bph with two-up production, as well as the ability to produce A4 landscape booklets at speeds of up to 5,300bph.

t has been running well. It has increased our production of books per hour and given our staff more confidence to run the machine

James Belton, operational planning and solutions manager at Newton Abbot-based Harrier, comments: “We had an existing bookletmaker but wanted to upgrade to a faster solution that offered more capabilities. It will also help us move into new markets, such as variable data and personalised products.

“We looked at other systems on the market but I had been watching the development of the StitchLiner and waiting for this model. There is nothing else like it on the market. We liked its speed and robustness as well as the extra sheet length it offered for A4 landscape.”

In terms of the impact the StitchLiner has made since installation, Belton says: “It has been running well. It has increased our production of books per hour and given our staff more confidence to run the machine.“


The B2+ Foliant Mercury 530SF, which recently went in at Interprint, runs in
colours such as gold, silver, red and green and a clear gloss for spot varnish


Elsewhere, Swindon-based general commercial printer Interprint recently took on a B2+ Foliant Mercury 530SF laminator from IFS as part of a move to boost its in-house lamination capabilities.

The company deals with a wide range of print, including flyers, leaflets, folders, postcards, posters, brochures, business cards, letterheads, catalogues, POS, exhibition stands, banners, promotional items and signage. As such, Interprint was seeking a machine with flexible qualities.

The Foliant features a multi-functional inprinting unit that IFS says makes foiling and spot varnish fast, and affordable for short run and personalised print. It runs a number of colours including gold, silver, red and green and a clear gloss for spot varnish.

We looked at other laminators on the market but the Foliant stood out. It ticked a number of boxes including faster operation

Shawn Martin, production manager at Interprint, comments: “We brought our lamination in house with a smaller system, but it soon became clear we needed a more productive solution to manage the work. We looked at other laminators on the market but the Foliant stood out. It ticked a number of boxes including faster operation.”

Martin also says the fact the device is a Heidelberg suction feeder was another key factor for the company when making the purchase: “We work with a lot of design agencies and we will now be able to offer them additional foiling services in a cost-effective way.”

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