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FuturePrint Expands Production Capabilities with Horizon Booklet-making System

FuturePrint has expanded its production capacity and service capabilities with investment in a Horizon SPF-200L landscape bookletmaking system from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS).

The Northampton, third generation family run, general commercial printer produces a wide range of print from leaflets to bespoke packaging. It prints litho on a B2 Sakurai press and digital on Xerox 4100 and Xerox 3100 presses.

It recently acquired nearby Print Projects Ltd and the new bindery addition will support additional work won as a result. The new Horizon system will also enable FuturePrint to manage increased demand for a wider range of services.

Max Bishop, Director, explains the investment: “We had an older system in place but wanted something faster, easier to set up, that ran smoothly. We also wanted something that would complete landscape work so we could offer that as a service knowing we could complete it inhouse. It was important that the new system enable us to support the extra production from Print Projects too.”

He continues: “We did look at other systems and suppliers but liked the Horizon for a number of reasons. It was quick and easy to set up so we can be up and running in minutes. Operation was very smooth ensuring maximum uptime and improved productivity. We also liked the overall package IFS offered and the fact it was supported with a comprehensive service contract.”

The 4,500 booklets per hour Horizon SPF-200L landscape bookletmaking system combines collating, jogging, stitching, folding and trimming 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 for storage and recall of up to 200 jobs from memory.

Max adds: “So far, the jobs we have run on it have been completed quickly and efficiently. We don’t have an expected return on investment. We needed a reliable bookletmaker in the bindery and it is working really well for us.”