18 June 2017 Print Companies

Micropress sharpens production platform ahead of autumn acceleration

New Heidelberg press, guillotine and folder will increase productivity and efficiency at Suffolk printer Micropress.

Micropress Printers will take delivery of a new press, guillotine and folder in the next few weeks, aiming to have them up and running, and hooked into its new MIS, before the busy season kicks off in September.

The new press is a five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75-5. The same supplier is also delivering a Stahlfolder KH82 and Polar 115 Autotrim. The press replaces a similar machine the Suffolk company installed eight years ago, but thanks to software upgrades, including Intellistart, productivity will be higher.

“We normally replace our presses every seven years. The one going out is in fact eight years old but the Speedmaster XL106s we installed 18 months ago increased our capacity so much it made sense to wait,” says commercial director Rob Cross.

The extra productivity fed into the investment on the finishing side. It had installed a Muller Martini Primera saddle stitcher last year which increased throughput of these products. The new folder is additional and will feed folded sections to this line. The guillotine is a replacement, but with Autotrim, will be more productive in terms of blade movements an hour.

“ThePolar Autotrim is a real step forward and will give us a 15-20% increase in output and stop the cutting area being a bottleneck.

“Everything will be installed by the end of July,” says Cross. “It will be going live during August so that we can get everything right before we get busy in September.”

The guillotine will include lifts on either side while the Autotrim feature opens the cutting table to allow trimmed waste to drop away without operator intervention. The new folder is a combination model and follows on installation of a TH56 buckle folder last year. The new machine will be set up for section work and will run in this mode for the majority of the time.

Before placing the order for the press, Micropress checked the options from Komori, including new generation UV dryers. The company calculated that the new way of working made little sense or its operation.. Adding a seal on the fifth unit means work can still be turned quickly, and as it is a four press operation, one running a different technology might have been disruptive.

As the new press will be used for covers on B1 work, there will be no questions on achieving a match across and as the covers need to wait for the sections to be printed, the advantage of immediately dry sheets is also not needed.

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Rob Cross

Rob Cross

Micropress is spending £1.2 million to upgrade press and finishing areas ahead of the autumn rush. The new press, folder and guillotine will also link into the new EFI MIS that the company is currently implementing at its Suffolk factory.

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