Leading commercial print and marketing operations business Precision Proco has said that its purchase of specialist Hunkeler kit has allowed it to significantly expand its print finishing offering.
Available in the UK through finishing technology specialist Friedheim International, the Hunkeler UW6-22 Unwinder, WM8 Merger, CS8 Cutter and LS8-30 Stacker are all now in place at Precision Proco’s facility in Sheffield.
The machines are operating together as a roll-to-sheet solution and being used to support the firm’s new HP T240 Page Wide Press, which it also recently installed as part of a wider effort to enhance its services.
Graeme Parry, production director at Precision Proco Sheffield, said it was important for the company to have a solution that gave as much flexibility as possible and was able to keep up with 152/m per minute running of the T240, and if possible, even exceed this speed.
“This certainly narrowed the field, but we also wanted to purchase the equipment that had a great service offering and pedigree the reel handling space,” Parry said. “There are not many go-to manufacturers that that ticked all the boxes that we had on our wish list, but Hunkeler satisfied all of them.”
The primary role of the roll-to-sheet solution is to support Precision Proco’s direct mail offering, with Parry explaining the company needed a sheeting line that gave the firm the option of creating a wider scope of enclosing options, other than just running from reel-to-reel and into its Bowe 9Gs.
“We needed a solution that could sheet down direct mail pieces that we could then present across the direct mail kit portfolio, but also open up other formats,” he said.
“The flexibility of the line has meant we can look at switching production methods that before may have only been possible as cut sheet projects by origination. With the speed the line runs at this has meant quicker manufacturing times and better load balancing on the work.
“Having the ability to run reel to sheet means a greater depth of finished formats can be offered, opening up more opportunities for us and our customers.”
Precision Proco forms part of the Precision Proco Group, a family of industry-leading companies that, brought together earlier this year, also includes Prime, an expert in mass customisation, Where The Trade Buys, an upload and print webstore, and also Climb, a digital solutions provider.
Parry added that such has been the impact of the Hunkeler kit, Precision Proco has been able to help production across other areas of the group.
“We have been working on other non-direct mail applications that will support the Precision Proco Group; it’s been a steep learning curve on the kit and we are constantly trying new things to see where differing projects can be converted to the reel to sheet format,” Parry said.
In addition, Parry was keen to pay tribute to Friedheim International’s role in the investment, describing the service provided by the finishing specialist as “exemplary”.
“Friedheim understood the brief, tailored the kit to the right requirements and were highly flexible through a very turbulent time for the industry,” Parry said.