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Reviewing Your Technology

Brendan Perring asks: “What importance should printers place on reviewing the technology that supports their main production engines and how can your systems aid their efficiency?”

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Chris Cooper, managing director, Terry Cooper Services (TCS)

New vision

Getting the right solutions in place to support the production heart of the business is essential. There is little point investing time and effort in creating the most streamlined print room if the bindery has a swathe of bottlenecks that slows completion and impacts delivery times.

Every new iteration of the solutions we offer feature improvements that elevate quality and aid productivity. The latest Premier 435 Auto perfect binder and the next-generation Bagel iLam Pro laminator are perfect examples of this.

The 450bph Premier 435 Auto single-clamp perfect binder with automatic feeder and creaser is easy to use and quick to set up via an intelligent seven inch full colour touchscreen.

There is little point investing time and effort in creating the most streamlined print room if the bindery has a swathe of bottlenecks


One of the best features of this two in one machine is that it offers the ability to run the feeder section as an auto creaser for jobs that do not require binding. Then, once re-coupled, the single clamp perfect binder offers automatic cover feeding with inline creasing and auto-delivery reception.

The Bagel iLam Pro laminator now features an automatic feeder with touchscreen set up. It also offers the option to have double-sided lamination in one pass. With its already available gold foil attachment, it is an ideal compact B3 machine for operations looking to differentiate with cost-effective and creative finishing.

Both of these enhanced solutions offer busy binderies features that support streamlined and flexible everyday operation. New and improved capabilities can make a real difference to throughput efficiency and production times while eliminating problematic bottlenecks.

It is crucial that operations review their post-press departments, analyse where improvements could be made, and identify what systems can help them reach for a new production vision.

The right solution


Iain Bullock, managing director, Renz UK



The time has never been better for operations to let technology be their friend. Automation is available in a number of forms enabling fast and easy set up with touchscreen assisted makereadies and job memory storage. It helps reduce product handling and increase productivity.

With the need to meet quicker makeready times and turnaround short-run jobs faster with minimum downtime, it is essential to identify the right solution for the business need and get a good understanding of the operational requirements.

This can range from compact machines with a small footprint for binderies tight on space, to wheeled options for easy relocation, to streamline production or add occasional services.

It is essential to identify the right solution for the business need and get a good understanding of the operational requirements


The Renz Inline 500 industrial, high-speed, fully-automatic punching and Renz Ring Wire binding line for books, calendars, and skip binding, and the AP 360 Digital heavy-duty, high-speed, professional, automatic, floor standing, auto-punch machine for a range of book and calendar production come with job memory storage. This means repeat jobs can be stored and automatically set up when they are next required.

Then there is the MOBI 500 user-friendly, flexible, semi-automatic Renz Ring Wire binding machine for books, calendars, and skip binding, and the Inline 500 Compact automatic punching and binding machine for books and calendars that feature touchscreen assisted makeready, reducing set up times.

While it is important that our customers weigh up the benefits of the technology on offer, it is just as vital that we develop a good relationship with them to offer quick and efficient technical support. By understanding their pain points, we can help them find the best solutions that will help them enhance and grow their operations.

Saving valuable time


Bryan Godwyn, managing director, Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS)



Greater automation and workflow efficiencies are absolutely key. They drive down production costs while improving product quality, delivery times, and margins. After investing in the latest production engine, a smooth streamlined post-press department is essential. Quick set-ups and fast changeovers ensure runs of any size can be quickly finished and despatched for maximum productivity and profitability.

For many, simple to operate nearline solutions such as the new Horizon Stitch Liner Mark III booklet production line or the new BQ-480 four clamp perfect binder are ideal. We are also finding that in-line finishing is increasingly common. This is particularly the case for B2 sheet-fed digital and continuous feed inkjet printing technologies.

Crucial for print businesses wanting to introduce the most cost-effective efficiencies is identifying the right investment decisions to support their applications and volumes.

Quick set-ups and fast changeovers ensure runs of any size can be quickly finished and despatched for maximum productivity


We have the Horizon B2 Smart Stacker JDF for the HP Indigo 10000 B2 digital press and the IFS Tecnau Page Ready IL in-line finishing solution for HP Indigo 7000 series B3 digital presses. They allow high volume work to be produced effortlessly to support same day despatch of orders and provide a higher level of customer service. They also reduce human touch points to eliminate manual errors, and improve efficiency and workflow.

They cut production costs and improve profit margins. They save time, which can be more valuable to some people than how much they have to pay.

Printing companies are investing more and more in higher quality print finishing and bindery machinery, with green button printing an increasingly achievable aim. Small bindery solutions can also help streamline and enhance throughput. Paper joggers can support smooth handling, die-cutters and lamination foilers can add value, and shrinkwrappers can protect the final product.

With so many options, it is a case of reviewing where bottlenecks are or what improvements are desired and then seeing what solutions will support that need.

Stay up-to-date


Stuart Bamford, sales manager, post-press products, Friedheim International UK and Ireland



As finishing equipment suppliers, we have found that the more informed and aware a customer is of the range of possibilities on offer, the more forward-thinking their approach is towards improving their own workflow processes.

We have seen first-hand that sitting down with customers and discussing their various issues, the range of equipment and special features, along with the expertise, that we can provide, can add value to any company’s finishing output.

It is not necessary to keep buying the same machines to do the same jobs from years ago. The market has changed, so must the thinking behind purchases. Our most successful customers are those that have scheduled meetings with us and our counterparts in the industry on a regular basis to ascertain what they can do to improve their workflow, their efficiencies, and their portfolio of services. Having a brand new printing unit and then using 30-year-old guillotines and folders has never made sense. When your printed output far exceeds what you finish, you are going to run into bottleneck problems.

The market has changed, so must the thinking behind purchases


Baumann, for example, have made significant in-roads into efficiency savings throughout the paper handling process, from automatic joggers and unloaders, to fully integrated systems, and we can even use maths to prove to customers the benefits and the increased productivity these machines bring. We will be taking customers to the up-coming Baumann Open House on June 27th to 29th to see first-hand how they can dramatically increase their output by making their processes run more efficiently. Along with Baumann, MBO will be bringing their latest K80 Combination folder for faster set-up times, Bograma will have their BSR 550 Basic short-run rotary die-cutter, and Blumer a new version of their Atlas 1110 LS for almost operator-free cut-to-stack label production.

Automation and bringing work in-house has brought about increased efficiency for our customers—it is what Friedheim brings to the table. With new easy-to-use control systems, more accurate guillotines with automated jogging systems (BaumannWohlenberg and Schneider Senator), faster makereadies and increased automation (MBO, Bograma), plus adding special effects to increase a customer’s range of services they can provide (Komfi), are all part and parcel of making our customers more productive and, in turn, more successful.

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