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Carly Press expands capacity with IFS

In a bid to streamline its bindery and boost production capacity, Somerset-based Carly Press has invested in a Horizon SPF/FC-200L bookletmaker and a Horizon CRF-362 creaser folder.

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The Horizon SPF/FC-200L bookletmaker can run at speeds of up to 42,000 sheets per hour with A4 short edge feeding

Supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems, the Horizon’s will join several Ricoh production machines and an HP360 64” Latex printer in Carly Press’s print systems portfolio. Mark Gladstone-Smith, managing director at the firm, comments: “We had an aging system and we were doing a lot of monthly magazines with one week in each month getting increasingly rammed.

“We also had to hand insert anything over 40 pages. We were working flat out and didn’t have much spare capacity. We reviewed the situation for a couple of months and decided we needed a replacement.”

The SPF/FC-200L A4 landscape booklet production line incorporates all the automated features of the SPF/FC-200A bookletmaker, combined with the ability to feed A4 landscape sheets up to 640mm in length. The feeding system can run at speeds of up to 42,000 sheets per hour with A4 short edge feeding.

We were also sending out a lot of A4 landscape work which meant we didn’t have total control

Gladstone-Smith continues: “We were also sending out a lot of A4 landscape work which meant we didn’t have total control. There was also a time consideration in palleting the work and sending it out. We do a lot of short-run quick-turnaround jobs with a turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours and so keeping them in-house makes everything smoother.”

According to Gladstone-Smith, the impact of the new equipment was felt immediately: “It was a massive step up. The monthlies fly through now. The SPF/FC-200L is a game changer. It runs a lot faster and that has generally made production easier. We now have the capacity to confidently take on more short-run work. The old system took two people to run it. This one takes just one freeing the second person to run something else.”

The Horizon CRF-362 creases and folds in one pass a wide range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated or uncoated. Gladstone-Smith comments: “We only had a creaser so we had to fold everything over 250gsm by hand which was time consuming. We do a lot of hand closing of menus, brochures and cards. It has been an absolute godsend.”

Although the firm reviewed other systems before making the final decision, it was clear which solutions best suited their needs: “The Horizon systems were more robust and easy to use. We bought a laminator from IFS a couple of years ago and the service was great – nothing was too much trouble. This time round was no exception. The training was very comprehensive. The service has been great all round.”

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