ImageData Group has commissioned a new Stahlfolder at its Willerby litho factory. The first jobs went through the computer controlled folder last week. It replaced a venerable MBO that was almost entirely manual and will run alongside another Stahl handling work from the company’s three B1 Komoris.
“We have always been impressed with Stahl's build quality and reliability, and cannot highlight a specific feature that swayed our decision; it was the overall package that convinced us and it was also the model our operators preferred,” says Pete Shaw, production director of the Willbery site.
The company opted for a combination folder rather than an all buckle folder saving space on the floor as well as increasing throughput of jobs printed on what was the UK’s first B1 Lithrone HUV when installed. This runs alongside a standard Lithrone with coater and ten-unit long perfector.
The investment completes a spend at each of the three ImageData sites. It installed a Duplo 600i booklet maker at the Brighton factory in October. This will handle short run and personalised document print produced on a line up of Xerox iGens.
The Howden operation is the largest site, printing retail point of sale, using databases to create a package of collateral that is unique to each outlet in a chain based around its floor area and location.
It is now wrapping each package in custom sized boxes created by a Panotec Next Mode 2.5 box maker. This erects boxes on the fly to accommodate the set of material for onward distribution. Previously the company would use off the shelf boxes leading to waste, the need to use fill to protect the contents and unnecessary transport costs.
Glen Patrick, group commercial director, says: “This investment will save ImageData Group around £150,000 per annum on skillets and other packaging. It will allow us to increase our flexibility and control. We will no longer be reliant on subcontractors to manufacture and supply bespoke packaging.”
By Gareth Ward