“Royal Mail is making noises to suggest that in the future, any one-piece mailer will need to be properly sealed on three sides, whereas at the moment they are mostly just sealed along the fore-edge so that the recipient only needs to peel one edge to open it,” explained Encore Machinery managing director Mike Biggs.
“The problem is that on the Royal Mail machinery these mailers can get inserted within each other so they want them to be sealed down the sides as well, which is going to cause people a bit of a headache, and that’s where we come in.”
The company’s new mailing line, Biggs said, would offer a solution and conform to the proposed regulations. “It’s not been enforced yet but a lot of people are talking about it and they are going to need to be prepared,” he added.
The new line comprises a Pitstop DH double-headed creaser that can crease and perforate in one pass. It feeds into an MB Net 52 folding unit with timed pulse perforating capability and a Robotec hot-melt gluing system, prior to folding.
The system, which can produce 14,000sph up to 520mm wide, will be on display at Encore’s stand (S2-E182) with a KT tabbing machine at the exit of the folder as an alternative to gluing.
Biggs said the mailing line, which is already installed at two UK firms, could cost from £50,000 up to £200,000 due to the wide range of configurations available.
Elsewhere on Encore Machinery’s upscaled 72sqm stand visitors will see demonstrations on equipment from new partner Kyocera as well as products from existing suppliers Samed Innovazioni and FourBind.
Samed will be demonstrating a new entry-level semi-automatic casemaker with automatic board feeder and viscosity monitoring, while FourBind will demonstrate a Newbind Pioneer PUR binder with end-sheet lifter, an end-sheet making machine and a headbanding machine.