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Fine cutter for Fine Print’s dedicated digital suite


Having created a dedicated digital suite at its Witney premises, Fine Print Services has turned to Heidelberg for a Polar 66 NET because the hydraulically run guillotine is quiet and can provide dedicated small format cutting.

The company has calculated that the digital print team handles 44% of the total number of jobs produced at Fine Print, nearly half of which come via its Pageflex Storefront web-to-print solution before being routed through Prinect to either litho or digital output. However, representing just 15% of their £5m turnover, this high volume of low value jobs requires very efficient production processes and the simple, yet highly programmable Polar 66 NET helps achieve this. Fine Print also chose the NET version of the Polar 66 with a view to ultimately incorporating digital trimming into the extensive JDF/JMF workflow at the company.

“We are a Heidelberg house with Speedmaster XL 75 technology, Prinect JDF integration, many Saphira consumables and finishing products supplied by them,” says Fine Print managing director Dan Bakewell.

“Selecting the Polar 66, a direct replacement for a 20 year old Polar 76, was straightforward. It leaves the digital production unit fairly self-contained and not interrupting the litho postpress operations.”

The Polar 66 is a very popular guillotine with small format and digital users and fits as well in an office as in a factory environment. It provides an economic but class cutting solution that can flexibly produce work across a range of stocks. It has a 670mm cutting width. Polar provides safety checks on all guillotines during a machine’s warranty period and can provide on-going service as part of a support package thereafter.

For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Paul Thompson, Heidelberg UK, on 07770-637702
Dan Bakewell, Fine Print Services, on 01993-777450.

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