Colt Press has installed a Horizon CRF-362 creaser/folder from IFS as part of a drive to enhance the efficiency of its digital print department.

The Essex-based business, established in the 1980s, manages a wide range of general commercial print on a Ricoh Pro C9100 and a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75.

Managing director Paul Haddow explained the decision to invest in the CRF-362. ‘We had an older creaser but we wanted something to fold and crease more responsively alongside our digital press,’ he said. ‘Now we don’t have to move work to the main bindery area and we don’t have to interrupt production on the bigger folder. It helps us to manage short-run jobs more effectively and enables us to work more efficiently while adhering to social distancing guidelines.’

Mr Haddow and his team did consider other options before making his choice. ‘The Horizon CRF-362 Creaser Folder is more suited to the type of work that we do and can complete the multiple creases we needed,’ he added. ‘It is able to crease up and down folds and handle a longer sheet as well. It provides us with much greater production flexibility.’

The Horizon CRF-362 creases and folds in one pass a wide range of light and heavy weight stocks, coated or uncoated. Capable of up to 10 crease lines on a sheet, it uses an impact scoring technology that eliminates or minimises cracking of the stock or printed image. Set-up and changeovers – including fold pattern, creasing number, and up/down crease selection – are completed on a high resolution colour touch screen.