KOLBUS keep Bishops in the Premier League

Portsmouth based Bishops Printers went to drupa last year with a view to streamlining their bindery operation. They liked what they saw being demonstrated on the KOLBUS stand and after subsequent product testing at the KOLBUS Rahden facility placed an order for a high specification KOLBUS KM 610 binding line.


Over the 30 years which Bishops have been in business they have grown to a £20 million turnover company producing brochures, catalogues, annual reports, and direct mailing products. But their speciality is Premiership football club products, from matchday programmes through kit catalogues to stadium brochures. It was the need to hand feed the technical components within these football programmes which was causing lengthy run times and which led Bishops to investigate a more automated solution.


The tests carried out at the KOLBUS factory, using Bishops products, were not only successful in feeding all the components automatically but also doing so at vastly superior speeds. Bishops were convinced, and the order placed.


The result is that the binding line now installed and running in Portsmouth comprises: a 16 station KOLBUS ZU 822 Vacuum Gathering Machine; KOLBUS KM 610 Binder, running at 9,000 cycles/hour, with Hot Melt and PUR gluing; and a KOLBUS HD 153 Trimmer.


This highly specified KOLBUS line is equipped with a full make-ready and data transfer system to provide fast automated make-ready throughout, including the stacker. With 9,000 cycles/hour output Bishops productivity has increased dramatically.


Greg Bird, KOLBUS UK Director of Sales, said: ›I believe it was the combination of fast changeovers, high outputs and consistent quality production which was decisive for Bishops to invest in this KOLBUS kit‹.