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Automatic collating sorts paper work

A print company in Tyne and Wear has bought a smart collating machine from Col-Tec that is equipped with Col-Tec's Intelligent Data Collating (IDC) software.

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The Col-Tec's Intelligent Data Collating software makes the collating or work much quicker and more flexible

The reason was to make the Simpson Group’s print finishing systems faster and more efficient but also more flexible. The new kit incorporates eight hoppers (that can be adapted to increase to 16) and can take paper sizes up to 1524mm x 1016mm or down to A4. It can also operate at speeds of up to 1,500 sheets an hour and will handle any type of paper, card, or other substrate.


Simpson Group’s Sarah Tishler says: “As part of our business strategy review for the financial year just ended, we undertook a process of considering what investment would make the greatest impact on the efficiency of the business. As our despatch department relies heavily on its labour force to conduct the bulk of its packing and collation work, installing a smart collator from Col-Tec was the right option for us.


“The investment in this new machinery helps us improve packing efficiency whilst also saving on temporary labour costs; it will also assist us with our future growth plan when it comes to taking on more business.”

In essence, this technology can deliver collated sets on demand, meaning that no two sets need necessarily be the same


It is known as a smart collator as the kit comes with the firm’s IDC software, which has the ability to have a large number of patterns and combinations adding huge flexibility to each job. For instance, it means that a point of purchase promotion for a retailer with a large number of outlets all requiring variable sets, can now be collated at the touch of a button thereby negating the need for large numbers of temporary staff to manually sort into sets.


Col-Tec’s Paul Bailey says: “Our smart collator technology is very versatile: it’s ideally suited to either those printers producing high volume, variable data sets of POS for multi-store promotions, as well as those collating lots of sets in small amounts where the set-up of a typical automatic collator would be both impractical and inefficient.


“In essence, this technology can deliver collated sets on demand, meaning that no two sets need necessarily be the same. They can be either store or client specific, no matter how small the quantities and any number of jobs can be collated continuously without interruption. And as each store or client requirement is collated, a label and/or dispatch note can be printed and added to the set or sets ready for packaging and dispatch.”


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