The new press will cut makeready times in half, says production director James Cross. He opted for the 15,000sph version rather than the higher speed 18,000sph press as the issue is less about long runs than about changeover times.
The impact may ease the strain on the company’s B2 capacity by making this feasible to print on the larger sheet. Faster set up is helped by fitting Inpress Control to the perfector. “We were the first company in the UK to use Inpress Control so we have long recognised the benefits of this online colour and register control system. With the latest generation version Inpress Control and Autoplate XL we know the press will brilliantly keep colour consistent and improve our makeready times,” he says.
The Southwold business looked at the potential for a CutStar but eventually decided against it. “It would involve a change in paper handling, so stuck with what we know,” he says. But there is a new warehouse being built to provide additional space for paper storage and so avoid having to stack pallets in the press hall.
The company had ordered additional stock ahead of the supposed Brexit date and this has restricted movement around the plant. “We have outgrown the building we have now,” says Cross. “We moved here in 2012 with lots of space, but we have gradually filled the production space with lots of paper storage.”
If paper storage is tight, there is adequate capacity for plates and finishing says Cross. And it has not yet decided whether to fit solar panels to the roof of the new building before it is completed in February.
By Gareth Ward
The Southwold business has invested some £4 million by installing a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 and building a new warehouse to increase storage space while freeing up room around its press hall.