Bury St. Edmund printer AbbeyHine intends to speed up the turnaround of many jobs produced at the site with the delivery in August of an Advantage finishing system from Sheffield manufacturer Rollem. The Suffolk printer currently outsources work that requires creasing, but this was introducing a delay that was becoming unacceptable.
“In the present ‘on demand’ climate you can’t produce a job quickly in the pressroom only to wait a day for it to be creased at a finishing house,” says finishing manager Mike Royal. “We knew of Rollem’s reputation in the market, partly because the founder of AbbeyHine had used a Rollem machine about twenty-five years ago – and he remembered its solid build quality and reliability from those days!
“The Advantage was on Rollem’s Ipex stand and could see immediately that it would meet our needs for fast and accurate creasing and perforating of light and heavyweight stock up to SRA3. AbbeyHine operates a wide range of Heidelberg presses and normally we perforate jobs on the press, but the Rollem system will enable us to handle this process in the bindery department, which will be much more efficient.”
Rollem introduced an upgraded version of Advantage at Ipex and this incorporates its new Digital Scoring System, which provides high quality scoring of substrates from 80 gsm to 700 gsm without the risk of cracking, even on fragile papers. Advantage is ideal for post press handling of direct mail, brochures, greetings cards, POS leaflets, post cards and photo products.
The easy to operate finishing system can be used to slit, trim, bleed and semi slit, perforate, micro-perforate and slit-perforate. The standard model can handle stock ranging in size from 125 x 125 mm to 580 x 610 mm (bespoke sizes can be produced), while the extremely fast running speed allows A5 work to be processed at up to 15,000 sph.
The Advantage system can be extended by incorporating automated collating facilities and has the ability to be integrated with existing machinery via the right-angled folder, to further extend its cost effectiveness.
The on-the-fly adjustment facility lets the operator compensate easily for variations in sheets size and print image position whilst the job is running, thereby reducing waste to the minimum and ensuring perfect alignment of each sheet. As with other Rollem systems, Advantage requires only one person to operate it, ensuring the greatest cost efficiency levels possible.
“One of the benefits of dealing with a manufacturer in Sheffield is that costs are not affected by fluctuating exchange rates and there are no issues regarding spare parts, service or advice if we need it,” says Mike Royal. “We have no doubt that the Rollem Advantage will add-value to the services we offer and enable us to be even more competitive in the marketplace.”
AbbeyHine was formed in 1982 and today provides an extensive selection of print related services, from design to finishing. Its sister company, Abbey Labels, operates from nearby premises.