High Wycombe digital and large-format print specialist Your Print Solution has installed the UK’s first Renz AP 300 compact heavy-duty, floor standing, automatic punch machine.
Left to right: Your Print Solution founders Steven Brown and David Jackson
Steven Brown and business partner David Jackson founded the business in 2006 and today the operation runs an Indigo 7000 press and a HP 2600 Latex wide-format printer. Clients include Twentieth Century Fox, YMCA, Euro Car Parts, Arbonne, The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and Kensington.
‘The Renz AP 300 has more than doubled our capacity,’ says Brown. ‘We do a lot of wire binding. We can get through a couple of thousand print on demand books a day. Each one can be for a specific course or personalised. On average we were wire binding for about eight hours a day. It was one person’s job. Now they can do that in a half a day and move onto something else.’
The system was chosen after a thorough review of the market available solutions explains Brown, ‘We went to drupa and looked at a number of options including GBC. We looked at the Renz AP360 as well but it was too big for us. The new AP300 was perfect – just what we needed.’
He continued, ‘The goal was to save time. There was a lot of pressure on the operator to get the work out. Now we don’t have that constraint on our time. We are able to turn work around much faster. It is also automated so it can be left alone to run.’
The Renz AP 300 has an automatic punching process and two finger paper pick up system which can handle a range of mixed stock and enables fast die and format changes. There is a touch screen for assisted set-up process, QSA (Quick Size Adjustment) for high flexibility of different paper formats and high pre-stack capacity up to 4,000 sheets. Fitted wheels allow the machine to be easily moved around.
As for its business impact Brown stated, ‘It was an investment in a system that we needed and it is making a big difference. Our operator said it has been a massive help. Punching is a labour intensive job. The AP 300 has taken our punching bottleneck away. We now have the capacity to take on more work.’
Renz UK managing director Iain Bullock commented, ‘The Renz AP 300 incorporates many features tried and tested on its highly successful bigger brother – the AP 360. It has been designed to sit between high end benchtop systems and high speed automatic solutions. It addresses, and is aimed at the punching bottleneck in the A4 and A5 market.
‘Its ease of use is a big attraction as it can be set up and left to run while the operator does something else. It can also be wheeled in and out when it is needed making it ideal for operations with very tight bindery space.’
© Graphic Repro On-line, 02 December 2016.