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Hi-Colour delivers fine finishing with Duplo
Thursday, 27th November 2014

SITUATED in the busy industrial Johannesburg suburb of Strydom Park is Hi-Colour Printers, a thriving and dynamic family-owned enterprise.
In 11 short years, the business, owned and managed by Nick and Robin Owen, has fast expanded to include a specialised in-house design and repro department and ultra-modern lithographic and digital printing facility. Earlier this year, an all-new Duplo 3500 booklet maker was installed by Kemtek to provide a top-quality document finishing service.

‘From the start, our philosophy has been to maintain the highest production standards, delivering a wide range of value-added leading-edge and customised printing solutions ranging from business cards to full-colour corporate brochures, books and posters,’ comments Nick Owen. ‘Up until late last year we were contracting our fine finishing to other bureaus, preferring to concentrate on our design and printing exclusively. However, with print demands increasing and customers looking for swifter job turnaround, we decided that an in-house finishing department should be established.’
The Duplo 3500 is a modular, fully automated system combining sheet feeder, booklet maker, front-edge trimmer, square spine module and the Duplo DSC10/20 tower collator.

Described as a real alternative to dedicated in-line booklet making systems, it uses stitching heads instead of a staple cartridge, enabling it to process up to 60 000 books before a staple change, and provides features such as job integrity, fast operation, two feed trays (to allow the merging of differently finished stocks) and book press for a quality finish. Its well-proven feeding system allows for easy, one-man operation and control.

The technology is operated from a PC Windows based graphical user interface that allows simple programming, adjustments and job recall from a virtually unlimited memory. Automated control is also made from this point, allowing quick setup between jobs. The feeding system uses a combination of top-feeding, pumps and active anti-static devices to ensure consistent operation, and the paper follows a relatively flat paper path under transparent safety covers, allowing operation to be monitored and adjustments made. 

‘Since taking charge of the Duplo 3500 our business efficiencies have improved dramatically,’ declares Robin Owen. ‘It provides us with the flexibility to change sheet sizes quickly and easily and gives us total control over our booklet finishing process. The benefits of this are guaranteed precision and speedy production. Furthermore, every finished item is now personally checked and approved by our own expert team before being released, offering total peace of mind to our customers that we’re delivering on our quality guarantee!’

Hi-Colour owners, Nick and Robin Owen, are delighted with their new Duplo 3500 booklet maker.


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