Inprint Colour has taken over the unit adjacent to its factory in Malton near York and will use it for its expanding finishing department and streamline production.
The company already owns the unit, having rented it out to another business in recent years. It will increase floor space by almost 400m2 to give 1,250m2 in all. And as the centrepiece of the expansion is a new Horizon StitchLiner 6000 ordered at Drupa 2016 from IFS.
The move will free up space in the press hall where the company has a ten-unit Speedmaster 74 and is eying expansion of its large format side. It already runs a Roland DG hybrid machine. That is for the future. The extra space is needed immediately because shorter runs have increased the number of pallets holding work in progress. And making it easier to move these from print to finishing will increase the efficiency of handling faster turnarounds.
“We have to get the work in, on the press and completed and out the door as fast as possible,” says managing director Paul Coulson. “It is no good spending money on presses and then not having the right equipment to finish it. Moving in to the premises next door and investing in new finishing capabilities will allow us to create a more productive environment.”
The business is almost entirely Heidelberg, with Speedmaster and Heidelberg badged digital presses along with Stahlfolders and a Eurobind four-clamp perfect binder. But this is its third Horizon StitchLiner. “We saw it at Drupa, ran through the ins and outs and then ordered it,” he says.
“It will allow us to run fast and feeding flat on the long edge is an advantage, making it far easier to run tighter jobs.” This includes lighter weight papers as well as the landscape formats thanks to a straight production path.
The latest machine has further automated set up features over the earlier models, including touch screen control aimed at making it easier to run short jobs. The machine has been specified to run two up if needed, so delivering 12,000 products an hour.
The StitchLiner was delivered at the end of last year and almost the first job through amounted to 45,000 books. “We have lots of jobs like that,” says Coulson, “and the StitchLiner is ideal. You can just set it up and let it run.”
Inprint Colour has bought a StitchLiner 6000, its third from IFS and most sophisticated yet. This includes feeding on the long edge for landscape products and touch screen control. It will help the company meet demand for fast turnaround short run print.