KJS enhances bindery with Horizon spend

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

KJS Print to Mail has strengthened its bindery after investing in a new Horizon VAC-1000 collator and a pre-owned Horizon SPF-200a bookletmaker.

Speechley: "We believe that this was the best solution"
Speechley: "We believe that this was the best solution"

The Peterborough-based company took delivery of the bookletmaker around four weeks ago, with the collator following a couple of weeks later. A Horizon MKU-54 mobile knife unit was also added to the bookletmaker to complete endorsed folding.

The kit, which was supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS), was chosen following a thorough bindery review by the company to assess its productivity and ways to further streamline its operations.

KJS managing director Stuart Speechley said: “We needed a new stitcher and collator to streamline our digital and litho print. We also wanted a solution that would endorse A4 booklets to A5 because a lot of the mail we manage is C5. We were looking to speed up the process, reduce the manual intervention and increase capacity.

“By bringing our capabilities up to date we knew we could be more efficient and experience less downtime. We have just put an 80,000 run through the system, and it has saved us many hours. We can let it run and that means our team can turn their attention to other systems at the same time.

He added: “We have invested in Horizon before and know and trust the build quality, production reliability and product consistency. Our team are also used to working with Horizon’s touchscreen set up so were immediately familiar with its operation and found it easy to run.

“We believe that this was the best solution to help us more efficiently manage our workload. It handles the jobs better, and staff are confident in their ability to operate it and consistently produce high quality results.”

KJS produces litho print on an SRA2 Sakurai LED-UV four-colour press and digital print on a number of Xerox presses. 25 staff work at the £4m-turnover business, which celebrated its 21st birthday in 2019.

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