Exaclair Ltd, has won new work following the decision to update its finishing capabilities with a Horizon SPF-200L bookletmaker from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS).
The Kings Lynn operation and UK subsidiary for the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group, is a supplier of stationery, office supplies, art materials, craft products, educational activities, stickers, luggage, leatherware and wrapping paper to wholesale and retailers nationwide.
David Swallow, Production Manager, explains: “We needed to replace our very old folding machine and update our manual methods used to manufacture our soft cover books. The Horizon SPF-200L was the best replacement we found within our price range that could cover all our existing folding and stitching requirements. It has already helped us win new additional work from our customers and we expect is will pay for itself within two years.”
He continues: “We did look at other systems from a number of manufacturers but what stood out for us was its layout and module approach. We liked the fact we can add additional modules at a later date.”
The 4,500bph Horizon SPF-200L landscape feed bookletmaker combines stitching and folding with the ability to handle sheets up to 640mm in length. JDF-ready, it offers instant set-ups via a large icon-based colour touchscreen for user-friendly operation. The screen can be used for on-the-run fine tune adjustments as well as the storage and recall of up to 200 jobs.
The teams did have to manage some issues resulting from the pandemic and Swallow explains: “Luckily we completed trials and placed the order before we were all on full lockdown. The pandemic did cause the installation date to be delayed but this didn’t affect delivery of any customer orders. Following installation and the completion of training the system is fully operational while the operators observe social distancing, cleaning and health and safety measures.”
As for working with IFS he states: “We found IFS staff to be excellent with their assistance and knowledgeability on the equipment sold.”