While the MBO replaced two older folders, the case maker boosts productivity at the business by virtue of being a faster machine, running almost twice as fast as the machine the company installed eight years ago. It also includes an inline board cutting, replacing the need to cut down boards on the guillotine.
“Our case making business has been growing rapidly,” says production director Kevin Lee. “We have been extremely happy with the DA260, in fact it has been the busiest machine in the plant for a while. I can’t remember the last time that it wasn’t running flat out.”
The company has focused on finishing rather than print, and on being able to handle out of the usual products, either for specialist case binding, unconventional formats or using different materials. This is underpinned by producing many thousands of appointment books for hairdressers.
"We seem to get to do the jobs that other printers can’t,” says Lee. “The ability of the DA270 to produce large and small format as well as quarter bound cases, all at high speed, made it the ideal machine for the job.”
The company has an eclectic mix of the newest technology and traditional skills acquired over more than 125 years in business. As well as the case maker and latest folder, the company upgraded to the latest Baumann Wohlenberg guillotines, Quickbinder and TrimTec trimmer.
The 5,000m2 factory houses around 100 items of machinery, most for finishing including sewing, binding and box making for slip cases and presentation folders. It has 42 members of staff generating sales of £3 million.
By Gareth Ward
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