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Rollem launches new SlipStream III

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The Rollem SlipStream III is our most profitable and accurate two-directional, single-pass slitter and collator.

We will be highlighting a new feature each month in the build up to drupa 2020 in June where we will be demonstrating the new SlipStream III. For more on our drupa presence please click here.

This month’s new feature – Rollem Deep Pile Feeder


Suction Deep Pile Feeder

The hand-feed table, or early automatic feeder, will be replaced with an up-to-date, high capacity, Rollem Deep Pile Feeder, and highly accurate register table, integrated with the rest of the machine, to provide unprecedented periods of continuous running.

The new Rollem High Capacity Deep Pile Feeder is a suction feeder that will be electronically controlled with the rest of the system.

To discuss please contact Stewart Dyer on +44 1226 745476 or click here to email


Next month’s new feature will be the SlipStream Cutting Module



Rollem exhibiting at drupa 2020

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Rollem and Rollem International will be exhibiting at drupa 2020 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany from Tuesday 16th to Friday 26th June 2020 in Hall 6, Stand C61.

Rollem will be demonstrating their New SlipStream III system with the Rollem Auto Punch running Playing and Gaming cards. Along with a Business Card System with a feeder, 2 direction cutting and autocollator.

Rollem International will be demonstrating their Insignia die cutting systems which will be producing packaging cartons.

Come along to the stand and see the demostrations and meet our sales teams to discuss your print finishing requirements.

To find out more about the exhibition please visit the drupa website here.

Rollem Electrical Engineer, Adam Huckle is awarded first class honours

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Rollem Electrical Engineer, Adam Huckle, has gained first class honours in his BEng (Honours) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from Sheffield Hallam University.  The course took four years of part-time study alongside full-time employment.

Adam joined Rollem in 2014 and has become a key member of the team. Stuart Murphy, Managing Director said “We are delighted and proud of Adam on his achievement. It is well deserved for the hard work he has put in.”

The course included modules on analogue and digital, embedded networks, communication protocols, maths, control systems and digital signal processing.

Adam’s final year dissertation project was based around sensors reading temperature and water levels and displaying them back to a user interface using wireless Bluetooth communication. Adam designed, manufactured and tested the product and received 2 offers to take the product into production.

Adam said “As if working full-time and studying for a degree wasn’t hard enough, I’ve also travelled internationally for weeks at a time as part of my job during this time. Two years into the degree my partner Stacey was due to give birth to our son, Logan, on the day of one of my exams but fortunately he was late!”



Rollem awarded ISO9001 accreditation

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Print finishing systems manufacturer, Rollem, have been awarded the internationally recognised quality standard, ISO9001:2015.

The ISO9001 standards have helped Rollem continue to improve their process and streamline operations to maintain a high quality of products and service throughout the company.

Stewart Dyer, European Sales Manager, said “As we are increasingly working closely with major OEM’s in the print industry it is becoming a requirement for us to hold the ISO9001 standard.”

Rollem, who are now in their 90th year in business, supply print finishing systems across the world, with 80% of business being export.

Rachel Murphy, Business Support Manager, Rollem said: “Having worked with our ISO consultants, Darren Forder at Clear Quality over the past 2 years, this accreditation process has helped improve the efficiency of our day to day operations. The process hasn’t slowed or stopped operations as we worked through it and it has streamlined some areas making them easier for us than ever before.”

Darren Forder, ISO Consultant, Clear Quality said, “Working with Rollem has been great, we had such a methodical approach that each section of the business really understood and took the quality management system on board to improve some business processes.”

Print industry role for Rollem MD

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Rollem Managing Director, Stuart Murphy, is one of four new Council members for Picon, which represents suppliers to the printing, publishing, papermaking and paper converting industries.

Newcomers to Council are Iain Bullock from Renz, Tim Cox from Vpress, Ryan Miles from Heidelberg and Stuart Murphy from Rollem. Upfront asked the quartet what it was they valued about Picon membership and what they hope to add now that they have joined Council. The networking opportunities are important to all four, with Stuart identifying the special benefits this provides to SMEs: “There’s real value in having access to a network of businesses facing similar issues and sharing similar experiences. As well as providing a sounding-board for ideas, it gives us a degree of comfort.”

Iain prizes the “open, and if necessary confidential, discussions with individuals performing a similar role to myself in the industry”, while Ryan lists the benefits as “networking, industry identity, collective thinking, industry promotion and heritage.” For Tim, membership represents a barometer on the industry, our peers and competitors.”

The new blood brings to Council a historical understanding of where the organisation has come from and where its priorities should be going forwards (Iain), insight into areas such as cloud-based architecture and complex integration (Tim), and an engineering pedigree and northern background! (Stuart). Ryan believes his experience with a global manufacturer presence will benefit the wider membership.

To visit the Picon website please click here

Rollem launches rental service for print finishing systems

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Rollem are responding to the ever-changing print finishing market by engaging with a partner organisation in the financial services sector, to create an offer for customers and potential customers as an opportunity to “test the water” in a new market or product area, by renting a production line or specific modules on a short-term agreement.

As companies look to secure their future by diversifying into new products or markets, this can drive the need for new capacity or capability, which means investing hard earned capital in machinery to deliver this, with the risk that the new venture does not deliver the anticipated result. Rollem’s latest initiative now allows them to explore new opportunities, and at the same time to limit their longer-term exposure.

The modular nature of much of Rollem’s equipment allows them to design and create bespoke production lines with specialised capability, using generic modules combined with application specific software. These can be assembled in relatively short periods of time and installed on a customer site ready to capitalise on the new opportunity.

The customer can the test out the business, and, once the market has been assessed and established, the equipment can be either, purchased outright with appropriate credit given for the sum already paid in rent, or returned to Rollem.

To discuss packages please contact Stewart Dyer on [email protected] or +44 1226 745476

Print Week feature – Rollem plays its cards right

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Article by Simon Eccles

In this series of features, Printweek is highlighting some of the UK’s world-beating development and engineering businesses.

Rollem plays it’s cards right

This developer of bespoke finishing devices is marking 90 years of manufacturing this year.

About half of our Best of British subjects and future candidates have surprisingly long histories. They’ve survived by adapting to the huge changes in technologies, social and economic conditions over the years and still manage to present relevant products to the market. Often they’re successful exporters too. Rollem certainly ticks these boxes. The end of this year marks its 90th birthday and today’s products remain on the (literal) cutting edge, integrating finishing with digital and analogue presses. Turnover is currently £3m, with 80% of work exported.

Its machines can be configured and customised to finish products including playing and trading cards, business cards, photobooks, mailings, shelf edge labels, postcards, CD inlays and raised print. Customers include international brands such as Bluetree Design & Print, Hasbro, Panini, Pokemon and Xerox.

To download the full article please click here



Rollem exhibiting at The Print Show 2019

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Rollem will be exhibiting at The Print Show 2019 at NEC in Birmingham from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th September on stand P34.


Come and talk to the team about the latest new developments including:

  • The new MK3 SlipStream for playing cards, game cards and trading cards;
  • AutoPunch which provides a ‘Casino Quality Card finish’;
  • New MIS interfaces and Andon Displays.
  • New monthly rental deals for print finishing systems starting from £995 excluding VAT.
  • The recently launched SlipStream refurbishment service which include new feeder, registration and upgraded electronics package. Read more here.
  • Ex display – Used and rebuilt systems available from stock.

The Print Show showcases every aspect of the production process from Digital, Litho, Finishing and Software solutions through to specialist print related service providers. Simply put, whichever part of the print sector you are involved in, if you want solutions to help you stay ahead of your competition then The Print Show has it covered.

To find out more and book your free place to attend please click here.

Small firms: big ambitions – working with Factory 2050

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Press release by AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) in Rotherham

Matt Bacon, IMG’s project manager for SMEs, lifting the lid on digital manufacturing at the ‘Brew and Bytes’ event.

Innovation is hard wired into the circuitry of all the smaller companies who attended the latest of our informal ‘brew and bytes’ meet ups – kindly supported on this occasion by Patent Attorneys, Withers & Rogers – at Factory 2050, the place where digital meets manufacturing.

“I was massively impressed and amazed that a facility like the AMRC, which can enhance SMEs, is on our doorstep,” says first time visitor to Factory 2050, Ciaran O’Shea, Director of Nprime, which specialises in instrumentation, telemetry, data capture and analysis.

“The work the AMRC does, and the technology it has, is second to none, globally. To have this expertise that SMEs can reference and draw on is unique,” said Ciaran, whose company has strong trading links with the US. “We see similar relationships in America, but I feel there is something special in the relationship that you are trying to build between manufacturing SMEs and the AMRC here in Sheffield.”

“We see similar relationships in America, but I feel there is something special in the relationship that you are trying to build between manufacturing SMEs and the AMRC here in Sheffield.”

The east end of Sheffield based firm, established in 2003, is a specialised supplier of data acquisition and telemetry solutions to the engineering industry including Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems and London Underground.

After the meet up, Ciaran was clear: “Without innovation we remain stagnant, we presently have three proof of concept projects, two people full time employed in new technology and 17% of our turnover is next generation technology, projects and proof of concepts.

“While Nprime is at the cutting edge with what we do, this engagement with the AMRC makes me feel we could access some of its R&D expertise to become more efficient and create solutions for the future. We are interested in sitting with the AMRC to have a kick off meeting regarding an R&D project we are launching shortly.”

Stuart Murphy from Rollem described the digital meet manufacturing event as ‘very important’ and came away with four potential avenues to explore with the AMRC engineers: automation, vision systems, industrial internet of things, and production control software.

“We presently have three proof of concept projects, two people full time employed in new technology and 17% of our turnover is next generation technology, projects and proof of concepts.”

“The AMRC – and Alan Lyons and his team as the liaison link – are essential to the Sheffield City Region SME community,” added Stuart, who is MD and owner of this innovative print finishing company which exports 85% of its production, including 50% to the US market.

Belinda Naylor, Business Development Manager at family-owned engineering and design consultants Webster Technologies, said: “The more we can learn and understand about Industry technologies the easier it will be to identify opportunities to integrate them into the business. Gaining confidence and knowledge about digital technologies through forums and networking events like this supports the adoption of smart technologies.

Belinda is keen to explore how virtual reality, telematics and remote monitoring could not only help her company understand more about the performance of its attachments, but also prove to be useful as a training and skills tool. “Virtual reality, using simulators as a way of learning how to operate equipment such as excavators is also a great way of engaging younger people with our industry,” she said.

“We are interested in sitting with the AMRC to have a kick off meeting regarding an R&D project we are launching shortly.”

There was advice, too, for the AMRC. “It’s good to have more activities like this – events that are interactive, not overly technical. Anything that gives people an opportunity to get together; maybe something like a topic on innovation with attendees splitting into smaller groups during the event to encourage conversation and networking,” Belinda added.

For Alan Lyons this feedback is vital. “Our role is to introduce digital technology and digital tech companies to manufacturing, to show that by working together we can drive big improvements in own productivity and profitability not only at the level of the firm, but also across the regional and national economy. We are all on a learning journey. The more meets we have like this, the easier it will be to spread the word across the Sheffield City Region about the opportunities that are opened up when digital meets manufacturing.”

For Ciaran O’Shea, the opportunity to engage in a five-day free consultation with research engineers at the AMRC was an eye-opener: “I plan on making contact regarding this. Nprime’s expertise in bespoke measurement solutions and the AMRC’s facilities and expertise have clear synergies that could enhance what Nprime do.” Before his visit to Factory 2050 Ciaran confessed that he ‘thought AMRC was out of bounds’ seeing it as a competitor: but now he sees it very differently. “We will be in touch soon.”

If you are an SME who wants to learn more about how the AMRC can help your business make digital technology work for you, contact Alan Lyons at [email protected] If you are a digital/tech company that thinks you can support manufacturing get in touch via the Digital Meet Manufacturing page on the AMRC website at

Master Cutler opens Rollem facility as part of 90th Anniversary celebrations

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On 16th July, The Master and Mistress Cutler, Nick and Liz Cragg visited Rollem, based in Barnsley, to officially open the facilities as part of the celebration of Rollem’s 90th year in business.

In late 1929, the company’s founder Joseph Mellor set up a general engineering firm in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, specialising in brass casting. With the innovative approach that was to become a hallmark of his success, Mellor reversed his surname and christened his new venture ‘Rollem’. The company expanded into subcontract machining and developed first innovative products for the print industry, which were machines to crease and perforate the paper. With the typical machine, the Model S looking more like a 19th century Singer sewing machine than the machines of today.

Today over 80% of the production is exported, turnover is around £3m per year and the company now employs around 40. Employees include engineering graduates, time-served skilled machinists, fitters and apprentices working and learning with Rollem, whilst studying at the AMRC-Training Centre in Rotherham.

Nick and Liz Cragg met with Managing Director, Stuart Murphy; European Sales Manager, Stewart Dyer; Business Support Manager, Rachel Murphy and Marketing Manager, Jackie Cook before having a tour of the facility, seeing everything from design through to assembly of the print finishing systems.



Nick Cragg, Master Cutler said “On behalf of Liz and myself, thank you and your staff for a marvellous visit to Rollem yesterday afternoon. What a product range and customer base you have – so many interesting stories and applications! Your staff were the real stars of the show. You clearly have some very experienced, loyal and gifted people working alongside you. What a privilege to be asked to open your new building.”

Bill Jones, Fitting Shop Foreman was demonstrating the recently refurbished Rollem SlipStream system. The system, originally built in 1989, is having an upgrade as part of a new service being offered by the company.

The machine enclosures, structures and mechanical parts can be fully refurbished, reconditioned or, in the case of moving mechanical components, completely replaced.

The first one of these refurbished SlipStreams is now very close to completion, and, even under close inspection, could be mistaken for a new machine. Shiny paintwork, gleaming chrome rollers, and new gears and drive belts are the outwardly visible indications of the care and attention which has been lavished on the project.


The high-tech, touchscreen controls, digital motors with PLC drive controls, remote diagnostics, and integration capability, set a new standard of operation and functionality that would have amazed the original inventor and Rollem Chairman, Mr James Hill, seen here (right) with fellow Director Mr Albert Hobson.

Stuart Murphy, Managing Director said “We are proud to celebrate our 90th year in business, we continue to build on our history with innovation in our products and services, investment in our facilities and a commitment to training and developing our people. The next 90 years is set to bring further innovation and growth.”



Rollem apprentice, Blake Goldworthy, talked to the Master and Mistress Cutler about his apprenticeship and studying at the AMRC-Training Centre in Rotherham. In 2018, Rollem took on 3 apprentices who are all studying towards Level 2 and Level 3 Mechanical Maintenance apprenticeships.

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