08 July 2018 Print Companies

J&A keeps up to speed with guillotine upgrade

Heat transfer labels specialist has installed its second Wohlenberg guillotine from Friedheim this year.

Garment decoration specialist J&A International has installed its second Baumann Wohlenberg guillotine this year.

The new cutter is a 115 model and joins a similar guillotine that was installed at the Lincoln factory in March. The first was an investment to increase capacity, the second a replacement for an old machine.

The purchaser is a specialist in garment decoration for sportswear, safety outfits and workweek. Digitally printed logos, badges and safety flashes are transferred to all manner of clothing through heat transfer technology. The guillotines are needed to cut the smaller patches from the large printed sheets.

Managing director Martin Kemp says that the Wohlenberg cutters are adept at handing this volume of work. “The guillotine’s main advantage is their ease of use. My operators find these new machines to be intuitive and the operator manual is great,” he says.

“We operate double shifts, five days a week and we needed trustworthy and reliable guillotines to match our production. The build quality of the Baumann Wohlenbergs are self-evident and a mark of a good high quality, premium machine.”

The company was the first to specialise in heat transfer labels when founded in 1979. At the time these were screen printed. Screen printing remains important, but has been joined by narrow web printing and digital printing, with both HP Indigo, sheetfed and rollfed inkjet printing with Roland DG Eco-UV printers.

J&A International now operates across the globe with sales offices in multiple locations, approval from Adidas to decorate its garments and 150 employees generation sales of more than £11 million.

Key to the decision to remain with the Wohlenberg as the time came for further investment and renewal was the support provided by Friedheim International. “Friedheim really know their guillotines,” he says.

Gareth Ward

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Mark Hawkins, J&A

Mark Hawkins, J&A

Mark Hawkins, J&A finishing team leader, finds set up of jobs is made easier with Baumann Wohlenberg's new intuitive user interface. The company has installed two new guillotines this year, both from Friedheim International.

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