Mailing specialist Kern has announced the 3200, a high-performance multi-format inserting system that for the first time features automatic switching between different envelope sizes, bringing faster changeover between applications, and ‘class-leading’ uninterrupted processing at up to 24,000 envelopes per hour.

The company also announced a faster version of the existing 1600 inserter, able to handle speeds of up to 16,000 envelopes an hour. Along with the three new variants of the 3200, the expanded entry-level 1600 range completes Kern’s inserter offering of six inserters, designed to meet varying requirements as  customers shift to shorter runs and need more flexibility.

Kern’s first new high-speed inserter since 2016, the 3200 is suited to flexible and complex requirements and can handle both transactional and direct mail. The multi-format machine features a newly developed inserting module, which can be fitted with more than one envelope magazine. This concept, said by Kern to be unique in this class of inserter, means that different jobs can be run in succession thanks to automatic envelope changeovers between C4, C5 and DL envelopes without an operator having to intervene.

‘Perfect for today’s direct mail requirement of processing multiple jobs on the same machine, the Kern 3200’s modular design ensures investment protection for the future and completes Kern’s new inserting platform,’ explained David Cox, head of UK Sales at Kern. ‘With direct mail reasserting its importance during the pandemic, the newly expanded family of machines now reaches all customer budgets and inserting demands. Kern is known for its large volume, high speed inserting with total reliability and the 3200 cements this position. We expect high interest in the 3200 due to the flexible manner in which it can deliver multiple mail campaigns with one of the fastest job change-overs in the industry, while the cost-effective 1600 range ensures smaller jobs and budgets are now better catered for too.’

The Kern 3200’s three different models offer speeds of up to 24,000 envelopes per hour, while the Kern 1600 offers 8000, 12,000 or 16,000 per hour. The Kern 3200 can be combined and equipped with a wide variety of modules including multi-channel solutions for special applications, multiple inputs in different performance classes, single-sheet inputs as well as various feeders for feeding inserts.