Imprimerie Reflet, a renowned Quebec trade printer, expanded their productivity and in-house services with the addition of two folding systems purchased from KBR Graphics, the Canadian distributor for Standard/Horizon Finishing Systems.
Founded in 1995, Imprimerie Reflet serves a variety of markets with both digital and offset presses as well as a wide range of finishing options. Four years ago, they installed and are successfully running an RMGT 9 Series automated sheetfed offset press which was the first in North America to feature LED-UV instant curing technology. With LED-UV, no dry time is required and sheets are finish-ready. Pierre Méthot, co-owner of Imprimerie Reflet stated that "To say this press delivered us a new competitive advantage is really an understatement."
Since the RMGT 9 Series press expanded their capabilities by printing ultra-light to extra-thick stocks and by tripling their production capacity, Imprimerie Reflet needed superior finishing solutions to keep up with production.
With the addition of the AFC-566FG folder and the CRF-362 creaser/folder, Méthot noticed an immediate impact on their productivity "With greater speeds and full automation we are now even more competitive in the marketplace. We are not only operating faster and more cost-effectively, we can now handle complex work that we previously would have turned away or subbed out."
The AFC-566FG is a folder that includes easy-to-use advanced set-up automation including gap settings of all common fold formats and sheet sizes. The folder was designed for ultra-quick changeovers and the ability to handle sensitive digitally-imaged sheets without marking, enabled by specially-formulated combination roller and scoring systems. It is equipped with 6-fold-plates, which allows a wide variety of fold patterns in a minimum amount of floor space, at speeds running up to 42,000 sheets/hr.
The CRF-362 is a creaser/folder, designed to handle the unique requirements of creasing andfolding digital color output across a wide range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated or uncoated. Creasing and folding can be done in one pass for easy and accurate processing of a variety of applications. Capable of up to ten crease lines on a sheet, the system uses an impact scoring technology that eliminates or minimizes cracking. The system allows for easy set-up and changeovers and can handle paper weights up to 400 gsm and sheet sizes up to 14.33" x 34", at speeds up to 5000 sheets/hr. "We now easily produce tricky complex jobs much quicker, which is especially important for us when running digital and short-run jobs through it." Méthot says.
KBR has worked with Imprimerie Reflet since their early days in business. Karl Belafi Jr., Vice-President at KBR Graphics explains "We are so pleased to see them continuously grow and pursue innovative technologies that keeps them ahead of the game. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them".