Langham Press has invested in a Horizon SPF-200L bookletmaker from Intelligent Finishing Systems to handle growing digital print volumes.
Established in 2012 the Cambridge commercial printer offers a wide range of digital and litho printing on a B2 Komori S29 five colour plus coater offset press and a Develop Ineo+ 6100 digital press. It produces everything from leaflets, posters, stationery and booklets to reports, magazines, brochures and prospectuses.
It works with a wide range of businesses, charities, educational establishments, designers, and publishers, as well as many departments within the University of Cambridge.
Kevin Saunders, Production Manager explains: “We have recently invested in our digital print department and are managing more and more short run fast turnaround stitched work. A lot of the stitching, folding and creasing was being done by hand. At the same time one of the team left and instead of replacing them, which is not always an easy task, we thought the money could be better spent on a new system that would stitch and fold in one process.”
As well as stitching and folding the highly automated 4,500bph Horizon SPF-200L incorporates the ability to feed A4 landscape sheets up to 640mm in length. JDF-ready, the system 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 bookletmaker was chosen after a review of other systems but some team members had some previous experience with Horizon solutions. Says Saunders: “They knew the systems and were confident in them being able to complete the jobs to the quality we needed.”
He continues: “The bookletmaker does save us a lot of time. It is simple to use and works well. It is producing better quality work quicker. I have even run it myself and it does all the work for you.
“As long as you put in the right details, and set it up right, it produces the perfect results. We really like the sensors on the tower collators and the fact they take the doubles out.
“It began paying for itself from day one,” he concludes.