Ipswich printer Fuller Davies Printing & Mailing has installed a Horizon BQ270V PUR capable perfect binder to keep short run binding inhouse.
The single-clamp machine was installed six weeks ago, says managing director Neil Stones. “We were finding that we were doing a lot more perfect binding work, especially for short runs. Bringing this in-house makes sense from a quality control point of view and now we are quoting a lot more work and hoping to win more perfect binding.”
The company looked at the style of work it was producing and found that the average run for perfect binding was less than 2,000 units. “The timing felt right,” says Stones. “We wanted an easy to use, quality binder that would give us the ability to turn perfect binding jobs around quickly. The BQ270V helps us to do just that.”
IFS, which handles Horizon in the UK, showed the four-clamp version, but says Stones the price differential could not be justified for the volumes that Fuller Davies is handling. The binder is rated at 500 cycles per hour and features cover feeder and scorer set up by touch screen control.
The investment fills a gap in the company’s finishing capabilities. It has the stand FST line up with ink house lamination, inserting and mailing. Sending out short run binding work with the time and costs involved no longer made sense. Foiling work however, continues to be sent to the trade with a number of companies offering this in the area.
The company runs a five-colour plus coater Speedmaster XL106 on the litho side supported by a Kodak Nexpress with long sheet capacity and Dimensional print capability in digital printing. In finishing it has a Duplo 600i booklet maker with square back feature, range of folders and race of guillotines and thermal laminator. The line up in mailing includes as CMC inserter.
The company also adheres to a strong environmental policy with ISO 14001 certification, support for the Woodland Trust carbon scheme to carbon balance the paper it uses. It was also a silver award winner in Suffolk’s tenth Creating the Greenest County Awards.
By Gareth Ward