11 November 2012 Printing/Print Company Profiles

ABC finds simplicity of DBMi suited to work mix

The largest Duplo stitcher to date is on its way to ABC after the order was completed at London Calling last week.

ABC Printing sealed the order for Duplo’s largest UK DBMi saddle stitching bookletmaker to date at its London Calling event last week. The machine will replace a System 5000, boosting production capacity and lifting quality and continues a relationship with Duplo that extends for 15 years.

The System 5000 with inline trimmer was installed six years ago. “It has served us well,” says managing director Mike Greene, “but as we have increased our press technology we have needed more productivity at the finishing end.”

The Hereford company bought the DBMI, launched at Drupa, with four feeder towers. These collate sheets into sets fed into the finishing unit where they are folded, stitched over a true saddle and trimmed. The result is a flatter better quality product than the System 5000 which folds after stitching. “And the technology is so much easier for the operator to set up and use,” says Greene.

The company has remained a specialist B3 printer with a ten-colour SM52 and five-colour Anicolor 52. It also runs a Konica Minolta BizHub for digital print and an Agfa Anapurna for wide format printing. “A few years ago we decided to work with three or four supplier-partners in the industry and chose Duplo on the finishing side. This was a good decision for us as others we might have chosen have disappeared.”

The new unit will allow ABC to extend its production windows, taking sheets directly from the ten-colour press into the collating towers “as late as possible” and from the end of the finishing line directly into cartons for delivery. The concept is reduce the number of contacts as much as possible. “We expect the new equipment to double productivity on certain jobs and give us a better finished product,” Greene adds. “In today’s market, you have to print quality work.”

The company uses digital (“It suits a certain marketplace” says Greene) but is a confirmed litho printer and will stay that way with the next investment even if he’s not as wedded to the idea of staying B3. For this reason the DBMi is not configured for digital work. A digital feeder could be added at a later date. The DBMi will also allow the company to produce an A4 landscape product.

“It’s about short run fast turnaround work, 25-30 jobs a day can arrive for one customer each day with a 24-hour turnaround. To keep up with changes like this, we have to keep investing.”

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Mike Greene on ABC's new DBMi saddle stitcher

Mike Greene on ABC's new DBMi saddle stitcher

Mike Greene (left) completed the deal at London Calling last week.

The new unit will allow ABC to extend its production windows, taking sheets directly from the ten-colour press into the collating towers “as late as possible” and from the end of the finishing line directly into cartons for delivery.

The concept is reduce the number of contacts as much as possible. “We expect the new equipment to double productivity on certain jobs and give us a better finished product,” Greene adds. “In today’s market, you have to print quality work.”


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