Bristol printer Philtone will take delivery of a Polar guillotine from Heidelberg next year, completing an investment programme that will end bottlenecks in its finishing department, according to director Neil Mercer.
The new guillotine is a Polar 115N and comes complete with full Flowline handling capacity. This entails Transomat, jogger and stack lift and will result in a 33% uplift in productivity over the existing Polar, says Mercer. The existing machine dates from 2005.
It will not be plumbed into a Prinect workflow, though it will have its memory loaded with the base impositions that the company uses to call up cutting sequences.
Operators will be grateful too for the lifts and jogger. “Cutting will become less strenuous and that is the thinking behind this investment. Operators get tired when they are always lifting. The system will be good for operators and also alleviate bottlenecks and increase throughput which is good for the business and for our customers,” says Mercer.
The investment in cutting caps an upgrade all around the bindery. It has installed a Cellcoat laminator, with Horizon folder and autocreaser from IFS. “We will save time in finishing,” he adds. “Finishing has not been able to keep up with the presses.Now we can take on more work and fill more capacity on the presses.”
The handling equipment around the guillotine will mean that operators no longer need bend and lift stacks, job and load them to the machine’s table. Instead the jogging step is automated and creates a clean stack ready for the operator to slide into place. “It will make a real difference on a job like a long run of leaflets which is repetitive in terms of lifting and cutting. Reliability is a big factor – 99% of what we print goes through the guillotine – and so we cannot afford to have it out of action.”
Steve Spencer, Phil Mercer from Philtone, Heidelberg's Mark Singer and Close Brothers' Nick Aust, gather around a Polar guillotine at the recent open house at Heidelberg in Brentford. The Bristol printer is installing a new machine with Flowline handling equipment.