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Solid start to September for IFS

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) has started September with a bang, after teaming up with Belgian firm Fit Things, and providing further print firms with the tools to continue their work.

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IFS announced a new partnership with Fit Things, and will be the UK and Ireland distributor of its Slimbox laser cutter

The finishing specialist announced its partnership with Fit Things, and will now deliver the Slimbox laser cutter to the UK and Ireland. Slimbox can be used via a computer or even an app on your phone, and will be showcased by IFS for the first time at IPEX 2017.Slimbox were also at Packaging Innovations in London.

Managing director, Bryan Goldwyn, comments: “With operations looking at ways to add differentiation, Slimbox enables them to create branded, made to measure, packaging that reduces overpacking and introduces a more environmentally considered on-demand approach.

“Its ease of use makes it a great addition to any operation. With no need for complex training it can be contributing to profitability from the moment it arrives.”

Using the creaser folder takes out a process and that drastically reduces the amount of time each job takes. It more than halves the time. Jobs that took two hours now take 45 minutes

Fit Things director, Tom Leys, comments: “Our target group is smaller companies looking at manufacturing 20 to 150 boxes a day. We see potential in packaging for numerous uses from international air traffic shipping where packages are calculated on both weight and size to creative agencies looking to add value. There is also the ecological aspect to consider as smaller packages reduce waste and cut CO2 emissions.”

As well as this new business venture, IFS supplied Yorkshire-based firm Myprint Partners with a new creasing and folding system, which has helped to slice production time in half. The new Horizon CRF362 creaser folder will work alongside a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM74, and a Xerox J75, as well as a Horizon SPF/FC-200 stitch fold trim line.

Richard Green, Myprint Partners director, comments: “We had separate folder and creasers that were a couple of years old and wanted to replace them with something that was faster, easier to set up and at the right price. “

IFS announced a new partnership with Fit Things, and will be the UK and Ireland distributor of its Slimbox laser cutter

He finishes: “It has streamlined the process and when you are only in control of what happens in these four walls that has a big impact on productivity. Most of the digital jobs we have use heavy weight materials which means everything needs a crease. Using the creaser folder takes out a process and that drastically reduces the amount of time each job takes. It more than halves the time. Jobs that took two hours now take 45 minutes.

“It was faster, well-built and came with IFS’s sales and support. Because we have the Horizon SPF/FC-200A our team knows how to set it up and run it quickly and easily. They know where they are. That was a big deciding factor for us. It more or less runs itself and the fact it was a good price helped sway our decision.”



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