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Printworks increases production flexibility and capacity with a Horizon SPF-200L

Printworks has enhanced its production capabilities and capacity with investment in a Horizon SPF-200L bookletmaker from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS).

The Wolverhampton general commercial printer supplies local and national organisations including the NHS. Established in 1982 it runs Heidelberg MO litho presses and Konica Minolta Bizhub digital presses.

Jim Monks, Managing Director, explains the investment: “We had a Horizon bookletmaker that we had been running for around 20 years. It had always worked well and was very reliable. It was time to replace it and so we talked to IFS about finding the right system to suit our needs. Because we knew how good Horizon bookletmakers are the SPF-200L bookletmaker was the natural choice.”

He continues: “When considering the options we decided twin collating towers would be the best choice because of the number of repeat jobs we have and the fact that they would be made faster by the extra collating capability. We also liked the programmability via the touchscreen set up. We can store our regular jobs which saves us time on makereadies. This makes us more productive and has expanded our capacity.”

Printwork’s 4,500bph Horizon SPF-200L landscape feed bookletmaker includes two tower collators for increased productivity. The system 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.

As for the impact the bookletmaker has made so far Jim says: “It produces jobs quicker which means we can take on more work. As a result, we can look for new opportunities knowing that we have the capacity.”