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New binder a confidence boost for Higham Press

Higham Press has admitted that they are now more confident when taking on more work, including two “crucial” projects at the end of the year, thanks to a recent investment.

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The CCM Premier with operator Steve Riley

The print firm, which was founded in 1945 and is a family-run business, has installed the Premier 435 fully automatic perfect binder from Terry Cooper Services, in a move that will allow them to handle higher workloads.

Director, Susan Smith, comments: “We needed something that could handle the mix of work and varied run lengths from our digital and litho presses. Our old binder was three clamps but a bit of a pain to set up.

“We like things to be easy and the Premier is simple to set up and makes production much smoother. It is more economic. The quality is very high too. We also liked the fact it was PUR which will make the bind much stronger. It also makes cleaning up simpler and faster and that helps ensure our operators are happy.

We needed something that could handle the mix of work and varied run lengths from our digital and litho presses

“It is touchscreen and that means we can change jobs easily. That will save us hours. This will be especially beneficial in busy periods. We can also use the creaser as a standalone process which means we can crease covers separately. This will be a very useful service.”

The Premier 435 can bind books of up to 58mm thickness, and can bind up to 300-450 books per hour. The finished products are then automatically put into the correct position to dry properly.

Commenting on the ROI, Smith finishes: “We have a couple of crucial jobs at the end of the year and we will know better once it has completed those. But so far jobs that would have taken half a day are now taking just half an hour. It will help us expand our services and have the confidence to take on more work.”

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