01 September 2013 Finishing

Precision Printing gears up for busy calendar season

The digital printer is buying its second automated calendar line from Renz, in time for the key autumn period.

PRECISION PRINTING WILL INSTALL a second Renz Inline 500 wire bound book and calendar production unit to cope with peak season demand in the run up to Christmas.

The investment comes just two years after the first of the Renz machines was installed at the Barking factory. It has proved a great success says production director Andy Skarpelis, hence the decision to return for a second machine. The requirement comes as Precision continues to build volume in photo products, particularly photobooks and personalised calendars.

THE INLINE 500 IS CAPABLE OF producing 30,000 calendars a day and while Skarpelis is not expecting to reach this volume immediately, there are other reasons driving the investment in a second machine. “We are anticipating growth in wire bound products,” he says, “but also the SLAs we have agreed to have come down so that we have just 24 hours to produce from order received. I was asked ‘can we do this?’ and said that we would need another machine.”

The installation will require some reorganisation. The first machine is being shifted so that the second can be positioned facing it. This will allow the two lines to be operated by three people, maintaining lean manufacturing principles.

EXPERIENCE WITH THE FIRST Renz has been excellent, says Skarpelis. “The Renz service department has been fast to respond when we do get a breakdown and they have been here to do health checks and provide an onsite store of parts as we start into the busy season. It has been this speed of response that has won them the new business.”

The year has already been one of further growth for Precision with installation of one of the first Indigo 10000s in the UK. This has increased the volume of digital work the company can produce and has again shifted the dynamic between digital and litho productions. Further investment is already earmarked for the bindery with an automated Horizon folder due to be delivered from IFS in the next few weeks he adds.

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The first Renz system is being joined by a second this month.

The first Renz system is being joined by a second this month.