21 January 2018 Print Companies

Healeys puts focus on digital with dedicated finishing space

The Ipswich printer is splitting its finishing into conventional and digital arms, aiming for an increase in productivity for both.

Healeys Print Group is creating a separate finishing area for its expanding digital print operation. "Digital is now 40% of our turnover," says managing director Philip Dodd. "We have decided to put digital in its own area and we are looking at more dedicated digital finishing equipment.”

The company has placed an order for a Polar D66 Plus guillotine which arrives in February. This will be its third Polar guillotine, but the first dedicated to copying with digital jobs, which tend to be short run, fast turnaround and disruptive to longer run litho production. Multi-pallet cutting jobs would need to be interrupted to process a rush job of, for example, a few hundred business cards, says Dodd.

A card cutter will be part of the digital area as will laminator with digital foiling. Other equipment that can be operated by multiple personnel will follow. “We will be looking at some more digital finishing equipment,” says Dodd.

The development of the additional space is preparation for expansion of digital print later this year, increasing its line up of Kodak and Ricoh toner presses, though nothing has been decided at this point. At the end of last year Healeys installed the Horizon StitchLiner MkIII directly from the IFS stand at Ipex. The company also installed a Fuji Acuity UV large format hybrid inkjet press.

“At the same time our web to print expert is developing another portal for some specialist products," says Dodd. "These factors combine to mean we will be handling a much higher volume of digital jobs this year and so having a dedicated guillotine and finishing area makes sense.”

The Ipswich company is already exploring what might be on its shopping list to enable it to deliver a comprehensive range of options to also improve productivity on its litho machines.

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