The Print Services Department at Newcastle University has seen a dramatic improvement in productivity since installing a Duplo Digital System 2000, with sheet feeder, booklet-maker and trimmer.The system is designed to take pre-collated booklet and complete the stitch-fold-trim function as well as optionally square-backing.
Today, the Digital System 2000 is processing 95% of the Department's booklet-making workload and has significantly reduced running costs as a result.
July to October is the busiest time for the Print Services team as the University gets geared up for the new academic year and the return of its 20,000 students.
Andy Houghton, Print Room Specialist noted, "When we finish offline, our digital presses run faster as they don't have to finish as well. Year-on-year we find volumes are growing and this year we coped exceptionally well through the rush. The Duplo definitely kept productivity up."
The University purchased the equipment from local finishing equipment specialist, Glendale Presentation and Graphics.
Mark Wilson at Glendale explained why he recommended the Duplo, "They are a digital only print room so a Duplo DSF series sheet feeder was the ideal choice. It handles pre-collated work and has extra features like the anti-static kit to help prevent feeding issues. They produce a lot of thicker books so the ASM-500 on the end of the line squares the spine for a more attractive finish and easy packing."
The final advantage the team pointed to was that offline booklet-making has enabled them to produce books with greater commercial value. The combination of square spine and full bleed booklets (which is simply not possible with an online finisher) has helped the University when pitching for external contracts.