A First for Fifth Third: Inkjet Press with In-line Binding
"[Inkjet] does require a significant investment, but what it gives you back is tremendous," Kearns stresses.
"For us, prepress and postpress were always labor intensive. It has always been a bottleneck in the print process. That was a big concern for us," he confides. "As we moved toward a very high-speed inkjet printer, we had some concerns that pre- and postpress equipment was not going to be able to keep up—or might even inhibit the printer."
After great consideration and due diligence, the Fifth Third Bank in-plant made the decision to install the Ricoh InfoPrint 5000—customized with a Standard Hunkeler roll-to-stack solution—in April 2013.
The total workflow unfolds like this: the unwinder feeds the InfoPrint 5000, which outputs to a DP6-II dynamic perforator. After that, it moves to a WM6 web merger, then to the integrated CS6-II rotary cutter with chip-out and finally to an LS6 stacker.
"We're particularly excited about the Standard Hunkeler DP6," Kearns confides. The DP6 dynamic perforating and punching module creates precise cross and vertical perforations in two-up mode, which can vary from sheet to sheet.
Prior to the installation, the in-plant had to warehouse various types of pre-perforated media.
"We had a lot of cut-sheet paper—some with top perf, some with bottom perf, some multi-perf," Kearns notes. "Now, we can get rid of all that and move to one standard paper, perf that on the fly, and save money on space, inventory and ordering."
Kearns was impressed with the ease with which the new printer and postpress equipment became part of the operation.
"The Standard Finishing Systems team worked so well with the Ricoh InfoPrint team," he reports. "Here, space is at a premium, and we're a production shop. We didn't stop production just because we were getting the equipment in. They got it in; they got it working. Everything was tested, and it was all done on time. We actually learned a lot about the equipment, just by being involved with the installation."IPG