Cambridge Newspapers Runs StreamStitch in New Ferag Mailroom

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By: E&P Staff

Cambridge Newspapers is the first in England with StreamStitch, from Ferag, Hinwil, Switzerland, which re-equipped the company’s mailroom in a space-saving design that puts the operation on one level rather than two.

Introduced a year ago, StreamStitch allows Cambridge to stitch in-line in the copystream, with a later option for product trimming. The ?2.5 million installation’s MultiDisc winding system will boost efficiency by overcoming the need to manually stack newspapers onto palettes before moving them to the inserter, according to Operations Manager Alan Mee.

The mailroom overhaul permits on- and off-line operation and includes two UTR Universal conveyors (with single-copy gripping in 1:1 or 2:1 mode), StreamStitch, two MultiDisc winding/unwinding stations, two MultiDisc unwinding stations, an MSD-C MultiSert inserting drum with two twin RollStream modules for pre-collecting supplements, and three MultiStack bundling units with the LineMaster control and thermal printer for producing topsheets.

The 1.7 million copies are printed each week on KBA Anilox and full-color Colora presses include the Cambridge Evening News, The Daily Star, The Express, and several contract titles for Herts & Essex Newspapers. Mee said that unlike the former copystream conveyor, the single-copy gripper prevents set-off problems.

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