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KJS Mail enhances bindery with Horizon booklet production line

Following a thorough bindery review to assess productivity and ways to further streamline operation KJS Mail has invested in Horizon booklet production line.

The Peterborough print and direct mail specialist chose a new Horizon VAC-1000 collator to integrate with a pre-owned Horizon SPF-200s bookletmaker. A MKU-54 mobile knife unit was added to complete endorsed folding.

Stuart Speechley, Managing Director, explains: “We needed a new stitcher and collator to streamline our digital and litho print. We also wanted a solution that would endorse A4 booklets to A5 because a lot of the mail we manage is C5. We were looking to speed up the process, reduce the manual intervention and increase capacity.

“By bringing our capabilities up to date we knew we could be more efficient and experience less downtime. We have just put an 80,000 run through the system and it has saved us many hours. We can let it run and that means our team can turn their attention other systems at the same time.”

The Horizon VAC-1000 takes advantage of Horizon’s unique feeding technology and continues the Horizon development concept of ‘high speed’, ‘high performance’ and ‘high quality’. It performs a wide range of applications with flexible but powerful programming and user-friendly operation.

The 4,500bph Horizon SPF-200a 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. It runs with the Horizon MKU-54 mobile knife unit.

Choosing Horizon was an easy decision for Stuart: “We have invested in Horizon before and know and trust the build quality, production reliability and product consistency. Our team are also used to working with Horizon’s touchscreen set up so were immediately familiar with its operation and found it easy to run.”

He concludes: “We believe that this was the best solution to help us more efficiently manage our workload. It handles the jobs better and staff are confident in their ability to operate it and consistently produce high quality results.”