K.E.P. Print Group Lamina Blackline Litho Laminator upgrade
Summer 2017 - To keep up with the high workload due to business growth, KEP Print Group, Ltd. based in Tamworth, UK has installed a high-speed Lamina Blackline 1620 FA 1600/800. Faced with increasing sales and a laminating machine that was running at maximum output, Managing Director Mark Plowman knew he needed to invest in a faster laminating machine. “We were running our old Lamina in 24-hour shifts to keep up with the demand,” Plowman explained. “The new machine runs nearly four times faster and has shorter make-ready times, so our previous 24-hour workload can be done in one shift.” The new Lamina Blackline 1620 is a high-speed fully automatic sheet-to-sheet laminating and mounting machine and produces high-end corporate retail packaging and POS advertising display materials. The new Blackline has a higher capacity feeder, allowing full pallet quantities to be loaded into the machine. “With the higher capacity, we spend less time loading the machine,” stated Plowman. “It also uses the latest computer technology which reduces our set up times for each job and leads to a higher quality end product for the consumer. We’re excited to pass on quicker turnaround times and the best products to our customers.”
Simpson Group invest in Bickers Plotter Gluer at FESPA 2017
UK POS printer Simpson Group has signed for a Bickers Gluejet at Fespa 2017. The 2m x 3m plotter gluer can apply hotmelt and/or PVA glue and is Simpson’s first Bickers plotter gluer machine. It will be installed after the show has finished. Simpson chairman Mark Simpson said the Gluejet’s benefits included increased automation and consistency in the construction of P.O.S. display units. “It also means we are creating higher value jobs for our people by replacing lower-value manual jobs,” he said. The Gluejet from Bickers is the largest format and fastest cnc plotter gluer of its kind available on the market. Many companies describe the Gluejet as being a 'no brainer' and many existing companies have stated it is the best decision they have ever made. Bickers installs are now approaching 50 in the UK alone making it by far the machine of choice for display producers.
Greenshires streamlines finishing with Gluejet Plotter Gluer
Commercial and wide-format printer Greenshires Group has installed a Bickers plotter gluer Robotic Gluejet in a bid to speed up the gluing process. The machine was installed by Bickers' UK sales agent Finishline Machinery at Greenshires’ Leicester premises around six weeks ago. Greenshires managing director Marcus Cross said he expected to recoup the cost of the machine within two years.
Cross first saw the machine at Drupa 2016 and settled on it after a visit to Bickers’ headquarters in Germany, where he tested it using a number of different samples. The company has previously relied on hand-held glue guns.
Cross said: “It was quite laughable when we were working the machine and seeing how good it was. It got to a stage where we were all like a bunch of children; so it was a no-brainer. “Now it is suddenly a totally new way of thinking, not only with finishing but this also changes the way you design a unit, as instead of finding an intricate way of putting the thing together, you just put it on the gluer.
“The problem with glue guns is that each person who uses them does the work differently. This way we standardise every unit that goes out so compliance for customers in stores is at its maximum, whereas before you were at the whim of whoever is operating the glue gun.”
Meant for FDSU and POS work, the gluer applies hotmelt and PVA glue in almost any pattern.
Cross added that the Gluejet plotter gluer has halved the time required for producing POS jobs.
Boxes & Packaging Opts for Lamina Crash Lock Folder Gluer
The ability to glue together our packaging solutions is of critical importance to all our sites, but our Manchester site was experiencing a particularly high volume of work which required investment in this area of its operations.
As a result a Lamina Crash Lock Gluer CLG 1812 was commissioned to meet the needs of customers, provide gluing flexibility and fulfil shorter lead times. The compact gluer is a fully automatic folder gluer that is equipped with a non-stop suction belt feeder and a variety of guides and belts to handle standard one-point glued boxes or three-point glued crash lock boxes. Furthermore, set up times are as little as ten minutes with capabilities for 10,000 pieces per hour. The simple batch separation system makes it a very operator friendly machine and supports the site in improving it efficiencies and KPI’s. “The Lamina gluer was particularly appealing due to its easy set up requirements and the ability to maintain high quality products whatever the quantity required,” said Gary Hargreaves Managing Director Boxes and Packaging (Manchester). “The installation of the Lamina gluer has been a great success taking just three days to install and two days of training before the machine was fully operational. It will support us in our continued drive to increase our customer portfolio in the North West region.”
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer DRUPA deal for SMP Group
During a successful DRUPA 2016 show for Bickers GmbH a deal was signed by SMP Group, based in London, for the latest plotter gluer Gluejet. A full demonstration of the machine on the stand was enough to secure the sale on the same day. The latest options for the Gluejet are DXF transfers, camera with large screen for programming the glue positions and turbo speed which doubles the previous velocity. Bickers currently has 43 installations in the UK with many more ongoing projects. The installation was completed in September 2016 and has already proved to be a great asset. Rick Bleek, Finishing Director says "The new Gluejet has been a welcomed addition to our factory by increasing capacity in production and providing a much more streamlined process than using hand-held glue guns." The Gluejet cnc plotter gluer is perfect for finishing FSDU/POS display work saving on staff, increasing productivity and giving consistency throughout the job.
CELLOGLAS Mirri installs Lamina Blackline
Mirri, a division of Celloglas has installed a large format Lamina Blackline 1620 FA 800/500 sheet to sheet laminator as part of it's 2016 investment programme. Mirri is a leading brand of metallic paper and board, supplying product to the point of sale, packaging and commercial print sector. The installation of this new machine, (manufactured by Boras, Sweden-based Lamina System AB and handled by its UK agent, Finishline Machinery Ltd), will widen Mirri's POS offering, facilitating a faster turnaround service of a range of large format Mirri boards that have been laminated to thicker substrates for use in point of sale projects.
"Large format Mirri can now be supplied laminated to materials such as Foamex, corrugated and display board," explains Mark Askham, Business Development Manager at Mirri. "These substrates will then be ready to make into 3D structures, FSDUs and other POS items. The growth of large format digital printing in the POS sector has also increased demand for thicker Mirri substrates that can be printed on digital flatbed presses." Andy Kirby, General Manager at Mirri concludes, “These are exciting times at Mirri, the large format sheet laminator will compliment the new ultra large format film laminator that is also being installed soon."
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer for Easypack POP Display Group
Technology is a wonderful thing, it’s something the wider Fencor Packaging Group has cheerfully embraced for a long time and last week saw the latest piece of technology delivered, installed and commissioned at the Easypack/POP Displays site in Suffolk.
A shiny new Bickers plotter gluer table is now central in the finishing department and is ready to make a big difference to the consistency and efficiency of the gluing operation.
As it employs multi-axis, servo-controlled adhesive dispensers it’s incredibly versatile and flexible for the display sector (as well as other packaging areas). The Bickers Gluejet plotter gluer can apply hot melt adhesives and cold PVA glue together in a single operation to small and large surfaces using as many as four different application procedures.
As the hot melt adhesive is pressure sensitive it remains in a useable state long enough to allow for very complex assemblies. As four items are able to be controlled and processed independently there are almost no limitations to the possible geometry of the application of the adhesives. The digital programming is aided by a laser pointer for perfect accuracy and once programmed the pattern can be saved for future use ensuring consistency of glue pattern and the ability to replicate extremely strong and flexible joints.
As with all good computer controlled technology this new gluing table can be accessed remotely at a distance should there ever be any need to. It’s a great addition to the existing plant and will increase the efficiency and productivity of the plant.
Superior invest in Lamina Gluer
Swedish manufacturer, Lamina System, has pleasure announcing their recent UK installation of a 2200 Gluer with Working Station and Tape Units at Wiltshire based Superior Creative. The machine will be used to increase production and consistency of glued and taped P.O.S. work in the finishing area. Superior has now entered its 40th year and employs over 150 highly experienced staff. Richard Blueitt (Operations Director) says " Our finishing hall is constantly under great pressure from our growing business. The new Gluer with Tape Applicators will help us to achieve tough deadlines." Lamina's UK Sales Agent, Neil Thayer, at Finishline Machinery sold the machine and we are all looking forward to FESPA and DRUPA in 2016.
Saxon Packaging boosts laminating capacity with Lamina investment
The 1.6x2m format machine was installed at the company’s premises in Lowestoft in August 2015. The Lamina is a high-speed sheetfed fully automatic mounting machine. It provides a sheet that is ready for die-cutting into luxury, high-end retail and promotional packaging, a growing market for Saxon. Sales manager Mike Impson said: “As a company we have seen an increased demand for decoratively printed packaging. Litho printing offers the highest quality of print available. With a high percentage of purchasing decisions made in-store, the use of colour and print enhancement to stimulate buyers helps deliver immediate brand recognition. Mounting these printed sheets to corrugated allows us to manufacture packaging that creates and promotes the brand in a highly effective manner. We used to sub out our litho laminating work; having the Lamina gives us more control and flexibility. We can do short runs if required; we can do tests on particular jobs if we want.”
The company flexo prints in-house in two or three colours but has invested heavily in litho lamination over the past decade. It subs out litho print, typically ranging from 170gsm to 225gsm, and then mounts sheets to lamination grades of fluted material for customers.
“Being a brand new machine it’s extremely accurate. With older machines the work can move about too much and that affects how a job goes through the die-cutter, which has to be really accurate. The Lamina is part of an 18 month, £1.5m investment programme at the company, which employs 53 people and has a turnover of £5.5m. Printweek Story
Kolorcraft Install First BICKERS TAPEJET in UK
Kolorcraft, based in Ossett, one of the UK’s largest designers and producers of point of sale for top brands and retailers, has invested over £600,000 in automated print finishing equipment, including two new machines from Bickers that will combine to offer customers unprecedented speed, accuracy, strength and cost efficiency when it comes to constructing more complex displays.
The new TAPEJET® machine is the first of its kind in the UK and provides accurate, rapid application of a wide range of speciality tapes of all widths, combining with pick and place functions, while the plotter gluer GLUEJET® combines hot melt and cold PVA to provide fast, accurate and durable bonds. Historically, the POS industry has relied upon conventional hand-gluing to bond individual elements of items such as free-standing display units and counter-top displays for retailers and brands.
“Although we’ve always been able to guarantee great quality, automating our gluing and taping functions will drive our efficiency and service up a further notch by reducing lead times and costs, while adding strength means we can continue to push the boundaries when it comes to creating and producing stand-out concepts and in-store theatre,” says Phil Findley, Managing Director, Kolorcraft.
The TAPEJET ® and GLUEJET ® machines are both manufactured in Germany by Bickers who specialise in the manufacture of gluing & taping machinery. Sold in UK by Neil Thayer of Finishline Machinery.
Andreas Bickers, Bickers GmbH says: “The TAPEJET machine is not being officially launched until the FESPA exhibition in Cologne from 18th-22nd May 2015, so Kolorcraft’s customers are very lucky to be benefiting now from this new technology. Theirs is currently the only machine of this type outside of France and Germany.” Printweek Story
PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS PHIL FINDLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KOLORCRAFT, WITH THE NEW BICKERS MACHINE.
2nd LAMINA Laminator at Glossop Cartons
Lamina System is proud to announce the installation of a second fully auto laminating / mounting machine that will allow the award-winning firm to quickly and easily laminate paper and cardboard-to-cardboard, both solid and corrugated.
Jacky Sidebottom-Every, Sales Director at Glossop Cartons, comments: “We’re always looking for new technology that fulfils our customers’ needs and requirements. The Lamina FA is a perfect fit for our manufacturing facility, and I’m positive that our customers will reap the benefits of this new and exciting piece of machinery.”
The first machine, which was on display at the 2014 Ipex show at London’s Excel, is the latest investment in a string of high-profile investments for Glossop Cartons, further positioning the family-run firm as an innovative front runner in the industry today. The second machine arrived six months later. Neil Thayer of Finishline Machinery concluded: “We’re thrilled that Glossop Cartons have chosen to add two Lamina laminators to its existing suite of machines. To install these machines to one of the UK’s most innovative carton manufacturers is a real coup for us. We’re excited to see what the company can achieve with them"
Bickers Plotter Gluer Gluejet for McGowans / First in Dublin
Utilising versatile and accurate gluing systems is vital to producing top-class POP and the latest Bickers Gluejet plotter gluer adhesive table, which is a 2000mm x 3000mm configuration, now meets the ever-growing needs of this fast-expanding business. It’s an automatic plotter gluer that applies hot melt and PVA glue within the same programme on up to four separate work stations. Specifically designed to maximise productivity and product quality. All functions are checked and managed using the logical control unit with touchscreen and joystick.
‘With the ever-increasing expectations and requirements of the POP and POS market, we need to know we’re producing finished designs to the very best quality.’ remarks Mal McGowan, owner of McGowans Digital Print. ‘The Gluejet plotter gluer and all our other investments serve to confirm our commitment to quality and service excellence, delivering what the market is looking for'.'The machine was installed quickly and professionally and already we don’t know what we did without it.’ he adds.
L-R: Stephan Keimer (Bickers Sales Manager), Mal McGowan (Company Owner) & Neil Thayer UK Sales Agent, Finishline Machinery.
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer installed at Augustus Martin
One of the largest UK producers of point of sale items has had a Bickers Gluejet cnc plotter gluer installed at its site in East London during Q4 2011. The machine has a 2m x 3m gluing area with scissor lift elevating split tables and can apply both hot melt and PVA adhesives. This plotter gluer is perfect for FSDU/Dump bin style work and in many cases reduces time and labour by 50% or more. The Set-up is easy, quick and by using a pressure sensitive hot melt spray and cold PVA combination, bonds are very strong. More installations are planned for the coming months.
L-R: David Barrow, Operations Director, Augustus Martin & Neil Thayer UK Sales Agent, Finishline Machinery.
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer at DS Smith Multigraphics
Bickers GmbH are proud to announce that they have recently installed their popular 17.25 GLUEJET plotter gluer with Pre-loading station at DS Smith Multigraphics based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The Bickers machine can apply glue in almost any geometrical pattern making it perfect for complex FSDU's and display units. The GLUEJET will increase both productivity and profits, giving a fast investment return. David Atchinson, Operations Director says 'The Bickers Gluejet cnc plotter gluer has improved DS Smiths productivity and quality consistency together with making the finishing area a safer place to work in.’
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer speeds up production at CREO
Christmas has come early for the CREO Group based in Benfleet, Essex. They took delivery of a Bickers 1.7 x 2.5m Gluejet plotter gluer machine in early December 2011. This XY plotter gluer machine will be helping to achieve tough deadlines set by new business acquired by CREO. During the installation & training period all the different designs that were tested on the machine went smoothly, enabling work to be completed in a fraction of the time using a reduced number of operatives. The Gluejet cnc plotter gluer can apply hot melt (and PVA if required) in almost any geometric pattern making it the perfect machine for both easy and complicated display units. "The GLUEJET has at least doubled our productivity when we compare it to using hand guns, and they can be dangerous!" says Matt Foney, CREO Production Director. *SECOND BICKERS GLUEJET INSTALLED 2014*
Bickers Gluejet Plotter Gluer at PPFS / largest in UK
Bickers have installed a 2m x 3m Gluejet plotter gluer at Professional Print Finishing Services in Edmonton, London. There has been a dozen installs in the UK over the last 12 months but this is the largest size. The machine can apply pressure sensitive hot melt (together with PVA if required) in any pattern, line or spray. This makes it perfect for complex FSDU’s and other POS style finishing and it will increase quality, productivity and profits, giving a fast investment return. Owner Joe Hobbs commented 'This is the best machine i have ever bought and i have already ordered a second Gluejet only 6 weeks after the first installation'!!
Another Bickers GLUEJET Plotter Gluer Sold to Wilmot Budgen at Ipex 2010
After a successful IPEX show Bickers is proud to report great interest in their GLUEJET PLOTTER GLUER. The show machine was sold to London based Wilmot Budgen, which is their 3rd GLUEJET. Another 4 installations of the popular 17.25 GLUEJET will take place in the next 6 weeks, with others pending. Hot melt (and cold glue) can be applied in bead or spray in any geometric pattern including line, waves, circles, arcs, dots etc. The pressure sensitive hot melt glue has incredible bonding properties on most substrates used in the print industry and it has almost infinite open time enabling complex assemblies. The GLUEJET will increase both productivity and profits, giving a fast investment return.
The Printed Image invest in a Bickers Plotter Gluer Gluejet
The Printed Image based in Dublin has invested in a Gluejet plotter gluer from Bickers. This industry standard machine improves speed and consistancy in a normally manual area of the factory. After researching a way to automate the finishing area it was concluded that the Gluejet was the machine of choice to take gluing to the next level. Its ability to apply hot melt and PVA in spray or line in almost any pattern or shape on an X/Y axis is a huge advantage. The hot melt remains 'Open' meaning large areas can be covered in one pass prior to assembly. Training was carried out by Andreas Bickers, pictured with Tracy Dodd (left) from TPI and the some of the staff now operating this machine.
Lamina at Showcard Print
As part of their 2009 investment programme Showcard Print of Letchworth has recently had a Sheet Laminator from Lamina System installed. The Laminator is a 1.6x2.1m semi automatic with Down Stacker. This laminator compliments their recent KBA investment. After extensive research, which included a trip to Lamina’s factory near Gothenburg in Sweden, it was concluded that the Lamina is the best and most popular sheet laminator on the market today.
Bickers PLOTTER GLUER Sold to K.E.P. Print from IPEX 2014
K.E.P. Print Group based in Tamworth have just taken delivery of their new Gluejet cnc plotter gluer from Bickers. The 17.25 PAi2 was exhibited at IPEX 2014 then sent for installation from the stand. The XY pattern gluer will mainly be used for FSDU and POS items. By using the machine we often find customers telling us they complete work in half the time with half the staff, or better!!
Another Lamina Laminator for T.J. Finishing
East London based T.J. Finishing, has just had a 1622 Fully Automatic Lamina Sheet Laminator installed. The machine has high capacity feeders meaning less down time. T.J.’s have been running two Lamina laminators for many years and now needed to increase the format size. One machine was part exchanged and the remaining machine was upgraded on site during the install. John Champion, Managing Director, says ‘I am very pleased with the many new features on the Lamina machines that give excellent production speeds, even with difficult substrates’. During the last 18 months, Finishline Machinery has sold 24 Lamina machines into the UK market.
Lamina's new BLACKLINE installed at Proctors
Proctor Paper & Board have just had the new generation of sheet laminator from Lamina called the ‘Blackline’ installed in their factory in Leeds. This model is a fully automatic 1600mm x 2000mm machine complete with a pressure belt and down stacker. The ‘Blackline’ has a new feeding and registration system that means it can reach speeds that are 70% faster than the standard fully automatic. This new design is proving very popular with operators also as it has a faster and easier set-up together with excellent feeding properties for the substrates. October 2007 marks the end of Finishline Machinery's 3rd year as sole UK agent for Lamina System, with Proctors Blackline being the 35th UK installation during this time.
Boxes & Packaging Choose Lamina Crash Lock Gluer
The 2017 installation of a new gluer at Boxes and Packaging’s Merseyside site has been a huge hit with operators and senior management team alike. The Lamina Folder Gluer CLG 1812 has increased gluing capabilities and capacity and is seamless in its operations, making it easy and efficient to process a vast array of packaging solutions.
Taking just four days to install, the machine has already made a significant difference to Merseyside’s gluing operations and with a tape-applicator for postal packs and self-seal mail order packs, more business opportunities are now available for the busy site to secure. Its compact design has had minimum impact on the layout of the factory integrating with ease into the work flow system. With touch screen activation and monitoring, operating status continually displayed and the opportunity to integrate cold gluing capabilities alongside the typical hot melt function, the machine presents operators with uncomplicated procedures which deliver high performance results.
“The Lamina Folder Gluer has already proved its worth in the machine portfolio at Merseyside and has streamlined our gluing procedures increasing efficiencies and helping work pass through the factory more quickly due to its quick set-up times and ability to cope with small quantity runs,” said Stefan Weig, Managing Director, Boxes and Packaging (Merseyside). “It has unlocked the potential for us to secure more of this type of work and we look forward to promoting this to new and existing customers in the future.” This is the second Lamina folder gluer within group.
New Lamina / New Factory for PPFS
Summer 2009 saw Professional Print Finishing Services based in North East London move into a new larger factory nearby. This move also meant new machines, one being a new 1600mm x 2500mm Lamina laminator. This Lamina laminator compliments the 1600mm x 2000mm machine installed in 2004. These machines are both semi-automatic and offer quick set-up times, perfect edge-to-edge registration and can deal with various stocks up to 10mm thick. In recent years, PPFS has purchased 5 Lamina machines!!!