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Print Week feature on Rollem

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.

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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 https://bit.ly/2Z8QWfO.

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.

Rollem sponsors Loundfest 2019

Lound Junior School in Chapeltown held their annual family festival at the end of June.  Lound Fest has been running for two years now and is a great family event and is a genuine celebration of the community. Adults and children listen to live music, eat, drink and have fun.

Rollem sponsored the food tents for the festival. Stuart Murphy, Managing Director of Rollem said “We are keen to support the local community with events such as this. Rollem has been based in Ecclesfield and now Tankersley for 90 years and believe in putting something back into the area.”

Deputy Headteacher, Richard Cottam said “Genuinely, your sponsorship makes a big difference to the school.”

To view the video of Loundfest 2018, click here

Rollem sponsors prizes at Golf Tournament in aid of British Heart Foundation

On Sunday 23rd June 2019, 72 golfers came together to play golf and raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of 34-year-old football manager, Chris Ledwell.

Chris was a football manager for Thorncliffe Football Club, including running his own daughter’s under-10 girls’ team. Sadly, and unexpectedly, he passed away on 7th March this year. This is a tragic loss and is also less than 12 months since the family lost their 17-year-old son Carter to cancer.

The club wanted to pull together the community and personal friends, to help raise funds for Christopher’s widow Becki and daughter Matilda. The club hosted a family fun day at the St. Georges Football Club and Thorncliffe Pavilion Club on Saturday 22nd, with the charity golf day taking place the following day.

The charity golf day took place at Tankersley Golf Club with Rollem sponsoring the prize for the winning team. Rollem’s General Manager, Andy Longston, plays football for Thorncliffe Football Club and took part in the charity golf day in memory of Chris.

Pictures: Golf – courtesy of Oliver Whittaker, Instagram

Chris Ledwell – courtesy of Karen Whittaker, Facebook Chris Ledwood Funday page

Rollem launches SlipStream refurbishment service

Back in September 1980, Rollem supplied the world’s first SlipStream card finishing machine to Grammer & Co. in Kent, in the UK, run by David Endersby.

This is the first Rollem SlipStream, being tested immediately before delivery to Grammer & Co. in September 1980

For the next 39 years, the Rollem SlipStream has been the benchmark machine in the industry, producing playing and game cards by the billion. Although the levels of automation and functionality may have evolved over time, the machine still operates on the same basic principle, and even early models are still in use throughout the world. Rollem, to this day, are still able to provide spares and support for the core modules of the machine.

Recently Rollem, at their international headquarters in the UK, have been busy developing an enhancement programme to allow the upgrading of any SlipStream model to support their efficient operation in the 21st century.

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 motors and drive control system can be upgraded to 21st century PLC technology, providing modern levels of reliability and consistency, and advanced diagnostic capabilities, including remote access and over-the-air updates. The updated electronics also provides previously inconceivable levels of intelligent integration with upstream and downstream equipment such as the Rollem AutoPunch.

After this upgrade, the SlipStream becomes much simpler to setup, operate and maintain, replacing the mechanical settings with a single touchscreen.

 

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.

If you are lucky enough to be a Rollem SlipStream owner or user, and you would like to find out more about how Rollem can help to ensure your machine will continue to provide efficient and reliable service, and up-to-date levels of automation and functionality, please get in touch with Stewart Dyer on +44 (0) 1226 745476 or email [email protected] .

 

Paul Byrne joins Rollem International in USA

USA based Rollem International announced the hiring of Paul Byrne as its Northeast Sales Representative. Byrne most recently served as the Regional Finishing Solutions Manager for C.P. Bourg Company.

He brings many years of finishing experience to Rollem International where he will represent Rollem’s Slitting, Scoring, Perforating, and Collating systems along with the Insignia Series of sheet-fed rotary diecutters and Durselen automated paper drilling systems. He is based in the Boston, Mass., area and will cover the New England area and Eastern Canada.

To visit the Rollem International website click here

King Ecgbert’s School supported by Rollem wins Innovation Challenge 2019

Rollem teamed up with King Ecgbert’s School in Sheffield for the 2019 IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Innovation Challenge run by The work-wise Foundation.  The annual challenge sees a business set a team from the school a real workplace problem to solve. The team have three months to come up with a solution with the end result being put on display at the annual Get up to Speed with STEM event at Magna in Rotherham.  A team of industry judges then awards the winners trophy on the day.

Rollem are an international manufacturer of print finishing equipment, the challenge for the students was to design a change to their machines to enable an SRA3 sheet to be cut in 2 directions by turning the sheet so that the finishing equipment could be in one line instead of the usual L-shape.  Thus saving the customer floor space whilst maintaining high standards of accurate cutting.

This year’s winners were L-R Y10 students Theo Holmes, Louis Fletcher, Saba Nabi and Rumaysa Rabbani, (pictured above) with their Design and Technology teacher Beth Hastings and Rollem’s Managing Director, Stuart Murphy.

The students from King Ecgbert’s School (pictured above) receiving their trophy at the annual Get up to Speed with STEM event on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. L-R are Stuart Murphy, Managing Director or Rollem, Rumaysa Rabbani, Saba Nabi, Louis Fletcher, HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Andrew Coombe, Theo Holmes, IET’s Regional Chairman, John Lawrence and member of the judging panel, Richard Edwards.

 

 

Rollem host South Korean visit

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Last week Rollem played host to a potential customer from South Korea. Mr Jung-Ho Kim (Kim) from DTPIA Co. Ltd based in Seoul, travelled to Barnsley specifically to see a demonstration of Rollem’s business card finishing equipment. Across Asia business cards are seen as being important, a business card (name card) in Korea is called a 명함  and should be presented and received with respect.

Mr Kim was accompanied by Sang Hun Lee of OZ Partners, based in London. Mr Lee acted as translator, guide and chauffeur for Mr Kim.

Stewart Dyer, European Sales Manager for Rollem said “the visit was very useful for both parties, and Mr Kim and Mr Lee were a pleasure to work with. We were able to demonstrate the equipment which Mr Kim is looking for, to improve the efficiency of his production facility, and he was confident that it would provide what he needs. As a result of the discussions and demonstrations, we agreed that we would progress to the next stage of the process.”

Pictured are the visitors with Stewart outside the Rollem factory. Mr Lee is on the left of the picture, and Mr Kim in the middle.

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