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Change in direction points Horizon’s way

Increased orders from customers, and a change in direction for Charlesworth Press, has inspired the firm to invest in a Horizon BQ-70 four clamp perfect binder from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS).

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Lee Hewitt, Park Communications’ operations director, with the Horizon BQ-470 four clamp perfect binder

Last year, the firm split from just traditional journal printing and began offering personalised books for customers. During the busiest period of the year, Charlesworth can have orders ranging from 500 books to 7,000 books a day.

Operations director, Lee Hewitt, explains: “Personalised book orders vary in length depending on the recipient’s name. Because the BQ-470 has an automatic caliper it can quickly be set up ready for each book block. This also helps us ensure we adhere to our 36-hour turnaround promise. It also means we can get the work for all jobs out of the door faster.”

He continues: “We knew what we wanted. We liked how easy it was to set up and we had seen it demonstrated at various shows and open houses. Our other Horizons run every day of the week and in their 11 years I cannot recall them ever breaking down. We work them hard and now that our volumes on short-run perfect binding have grown we needed another automated binder. The obvious choice for us was Horizon.”

We cannot afford to let work build up and with this we can get it finished much faster. We also know we can comfortably handle any increase in demand

The Horizon joins another seven-clamp Horizon that is being refurbished, a Kolbus binder, and an HT-30.

Hewitt adds: “It [Horizon] has been one of the most reliable bits of kit we have had to be honest. It is a robust system. We cannot afford to let work build up and with this we can get it finished much faster. We also know we can comfortably handle any increase in demand.

“With increased orders from our customers and the ability to promote the service to other customers, we expect ROI in 18 months.”



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