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Bookletmaker installed at University

The University of Wolverhampton is the latest educational establishment to invest in a KASfold 640T, a 640mm sheet length bookletmaker with trimmer and Squarefold unit from Ashgate Automation.

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The installation of the KASfold bookletmaker will help to expand the University’s external print service

The university, which has 20,000 students, has a digital print services department which comprises of a team of eight. The department provides graphic design, printing, and finishing for both staff and students, and in recent times, external customers too.

Having achieved the desired print quality after investing in Ricoh 7110 and Ricoh 7100 digital presses, the university needed finishing equipment which was suitable for the digital work it was completing.

“Appearance is very important across our wide range of print, from teaching material to student dissertations, marketing brochures and leaflets,” says Gae Forbes, head of digital print services at the University.

Although its previous bookletmaker was relatively new, the University experienced limitations and decided to invest in the KASfold in order to increase workload and expand its external print service.

we made up our minds that this was the right machine for us both in terms of performance and price

“We were unable to finish A4 and A6 landscape booklets, which are popular formats. We have a banner tray on one of the Ricoh presses which gives us the capability to print A4 landscape booklets, so we needed the capability to be able to finish this size too,” continues Forbes.

Prior to the installation, the University was receiving requests on a Friday to produce 200 A4 landscape booklets by Tuesday which put pressure on the department. It often had to print and finish 2,000 booklets by hand, with a fast turnaround.

Following a visit to an Ashgate stand at an exhibition, Forbes says the firm went above and beyond to demonstrate the capabilities of the machine in line with the University’s specific requirements. She says: “They were very obliging and we made up our minds that this was the right machine for us both in terms of performance and price.

“We were pleased with the onsite tuition because basically Ashgate gave us as much time as we needed, so that we were confident to go into production. All in all, we are very pleased with the KASfold, it should definitely help us to bring in new commercial work.”

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