British Print Shop Installs Three New Heidelberg Presses and Will Increase its Turnover by Around £2m Over the Next Five Years
PBL Print installed brand new SX-platform - a Speedmaster SX
74 and two Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor
New Stahlfolder TH 56 and KH 56 ensures higher folding
Move to new premises completed
In a move that has the potential to see the company's turnover rise
from £3.2m to £5m over the next five years, PBL Print has
moved premises and installed three brand new presses.
The Washington, Tyne & Wear, company believes its
investment will give it a 50% increase in capacity following the
eight mile move to its new 30,000 sq ft freehold facility. It has
plans to further extend the offices to give a final space of 33,000
All 40 staff have transferred and will benefit from a
re-equipment programme that enables the company to move to
Heidelberg's latest professional class Speedmaster SX platform. The
new line up will include a Speedmaster SX74-5-P+L (a B2 five-colour
perfector with coater) and two Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolors, a five-
and a four-colour and each with a dedicated inline coater. These
replace two Speedmaster presses, a straight SM 74-5 and a SM 52
Anicolor -4+L. A Printmaster PM 74-2 will be retained and
transferred to the new site.
To keep pace with the expanded print capacity PBL Print is also
adding a third guillotine, a Polar 92X Plus, and also two more
automated folders, a Stahlfoder TH56 buckle and a Stahlfolder KH56
"We have Easy Control spectrophometry on the SX 74 and
Heidelberg UK is looking at how we can have a colour measurement
tool on the Anicolors as well," says director Chris Murley.
"Although colour measurement is unnecessary from a production
perspective because there is only a little manual adjustment on the
Anicolor we would like something that would allow us to give
customers a print out of the colour levels attained thus proving
that their job was run to ISO12647-2 stadards. We are a member of
the Heidelberg Colour Club, a printer that holds the Heidelberg ISO
12647-2 certification and running to that standard remains
important to us."
The company has replaced an existing folder with a Stahlfolder TH
56 buckle machine and is expecting the Stahlfolder KH 56
combination folder, featuring a continuous feeder facility, to
follow in the next few weeks.
"Having these two folders we have 98% of our folding
requirements covered," says Mr Murley. "We like the build and
longevity of Stahlfolder technology which better suit our type of
high volume work. The automation and touchscreen technology marries
up better with the pressroom, taking finishing into the modern
world. We have no current plans to become JDF connected in this
area but at least these machines are future-proof. We are convinced
that these folders are the best match for our type of high volume
PBL Print undertook a five week overlap on premises which
allowed them to make the transfer with minimal disruption to
service. The presses are now fully commissioned and running
All equipment and staff have transferred. One welcomed improvement
at the site is the full delivery bay with a speed door meaning
temperature and humidity conditions in the plant will remain
relatively stable. PBL Print provides a 24 hour, five day a week
service to its customers who include several NHS Trusts and print
management companies such as Communisis, Charterhouse.
The British print shop PBL Print moved premises
and is producing with three brand new Heidelberg presses and modern
post press equipment.
The innovation transfer achieved by combining the
innovative and pioneering technology of the Heidelberg Speedmaster
XL series with the successful platform of the Speedmaster SM 74
enables the Speedmaster SX 74 to boost productivity significantly.
The optional Anicolor zoneless short inking unit
reduces paper waste by up to 90 percent. The Heidelberg Speedmaster
SX 52 Anicolor therefore results in a print process that delivers
eco-friendly operation at low costs.
The Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH/KH 56 ensures
shortest make-ready times, high automation and productivity
combined with ease-of-use. The extensive integration into the
Prinect production and management-workflow leads to high
transparency and boosts process efficiency.
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