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Rollem 80th Anniversary

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Sheffield manufacturer Rollem is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the development of several innovative finishing systems for the commercial, packaging and digital sheet-fed markets. The company is one of the world’s leaders in creating bespoke finishing systems, which range from standalone numbering, perforating and scoring units to sophisticated lines that may require extremely accurate slitting, gluing, folding and wrapping.

“Many employees have been with the company for more than thirty years and this concentrated depth of knowledge allows us to provide finishing solutions in situations that other manufacturers would not want to even consider,” says managing director Stuart Murphy, who acquired Rollem in 2006 along with fellow director Colin Pears. “Rollem equipment is based on rotary technology and is in use today in an extensive variety of print related sectors.”

Visitors to the company’s IPEX stand (Hall 18, Stand E860) can expect to see some of the most exciting finishing solutions on the market. Those who don’t see what they need can simply ask – a large percentage of Rollem’s products are tailored to specific customer’s needs.

About Rollem

UK manufacturer Rollem is one of the world’s leaders in developing, building and installing bespoke finishing systems for the sheet-fed commercial, packaging, digital and specialist print markets. Equipment ranges from standalone units to sophisticated in-line systems and can incorporate creasing/scoring, slitting, perforating, micro-perforating, semi-slitting, collating, gluing, punching and numbering facilities. Its systems produce a variety of products ie playing cards, business cards, greeting cards and post cards plus mailing, packaging and promotional items. With eighty years experience in designing bespoke finishing systems, Rollem is an expert at providing solutions in challenging situations.

Rollem Autolay

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Rollem have recently developed an innovative system to compensate for printing processes where the printed image can wander on the sheet. This new system is essential for accurately finishing digital prints.

This animation shows how the AutoLay works – click here

The system can also be used for litho where the sheet size varies, for example with web sheet printing/slitting systems.

This exciting system is available on Rollem Revolutions, Rollaways and JetStreams.

Setstream at Rapidpoint

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Raffle ticket printing specialist Rapid Print has cut hours from its production process with the installation of a new gluing machine from finishing manufacturer Rollem.

The bespoke machine was installed at the printer’s Sudbury-base at the end of September, predominantly to handle raffle and draw tickets, which accounts for around 90% of the company’s business.

Previously, the husband and wife team would bring in outworkers to staple the tickets.

The Rollem, which is specially designed because Rapid Print prints ticket books three-up on an A4 sheet, takes the sheets straight from the press.

Managing director David Risley said: “It may take someone an hour and a half to finish a job by hand, but with the gluer it comes straight off. That’s an hour and a half saved, imagine what you could save when you have 10 jobs going through.”

Rapid Print numbers tickets while they are still three-up and an A4 sheet could consist of similar or varying tickets. Glue patterns and frequency can be altered so that the top sheet of each set of booklets does not have glue applied.

As well as its ticket work, Rapid Print also produces commercial work.

Rollem Speedset

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Rollem has announced the launch of a new tooling system that reduces setup times by more than 75%.

The SpeedSet system contains slitting, creasing, perforating and micro-perforating capabilities in one self contained unit.

According to Rollem Director Colin Pears the launch of this system gives our customers the unmatched quality, accuracy and speed that is taken for granted with a Rollem, but now with the ability to change over from one job to another in a few moments.

Abbeyhine Gains Advantage with Rollem Order

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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.

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