Langham Press has invested in a Horizon booklet maker to cope with growing volume of short run and digital print work.
The company runs a five-colour Komori Lithrone S529 supported by Ineo+ 6100 digital press (a rebadging of the Konica Minolta), able to print a 1,020mm sheet. Kevin Saunders, production manager of the Cambridge company, says: “We are managing more and more short run fast turnaround stitched work. A lot of the stitching, folding and creasing was being done by hand. At the same time one of the team left and instead of replacing them, which is not always an easy task, we thought the money could be better spent on a new system that would stitch and fold in one process.”
That has become the Horizon SPF-200L, supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems. It can operate at 4,500cph and can produce landscape A4 books from either digital or litho printed sheets, fed from tower collators. Operation is through a large touch screen which accelerates the training for operators who use a touch screen to set up and run the machine. The memory can recall settings for 200 jobs.
While the company looked at alternative systems, the fact that some staff had experience of Horizon systems helped sway the decision. “They knew the systems and were confident in them being able to complete the jobs to the quality we needed.
“The booklet maker does save us a lot of time. It is simple to use and works well. It is producing better quality work quicker. I have even run it myself and it does all the work for you.”
The company produces a range of brochures and commercial work including for the colleges that form the University and certificates for the Scouts Movement. Langham was formed in 2012 and remains a family owned business.
It runs with Fujifilm process-free plates, a central plank to an environmental policy that includes FSC certified papers and a commitment to recycle at least 90% of waste generated on site.
By Gareth Ward
Langham Press has installed a Horizon booklets maker helping the Cambridge company to be competitive on short run jobs that are needed quickly.