15 March 2020 Print Companies

PJ Print completes upgrade of perfect binding

Ipswich commercial printer has noticed the difference after installing a new Horizon perfect binder.

PJ Print has replaced an ageing perfect binder with a Horizon BQ270 from IFS. The new single clamp machine joins a StitchLiner and creaser supplied by IFS, at the Ipswich commercial printer.

Managing director Ben Perkins says: “It was time to replace the system we had. The choice was straight forward as we are very used to Horizon systems. As well as the binder we were updating we also have a StitchLiner, folder and a creaser. There was no need to look at what else was on the market.

“We like Horizon because the build quality of the systems is good and they are easy to use. The BQ 270V went straight in and is running very well. The quality of the bind has improved ten fold and that is exactly what we were expecting.”

Four years ago the company installed a four colour Komori LS29 H UV, switching to Kodak's Sonora plates. It also runs a Ricoh Pro C7200 digital press along with the full complement of finishing capabilities.

The new machine has already opened new areas of business. The single clamp, 500 cycles per hour is faster to set up and suits on demand production of short run perfect bound products. A digital calliper system adjusts settings according the thickness of the book block.

Even though this is not specified with PUR, the binder will cope with both litho and digitally printed work. And it has been doing so with aplomb. Perkins says: “We got the binder because we needed it and it has been great. We are now being asked to demo for potential IFS customers.”

PJ Print’s own customers are offered a choice between papers where carbon generated is offset through the World Land Trust or through the Woodland Trust in a Premier Papers backed scheme.