Harlow Printing Limited, based in South Shields, has invested in three Horizon VAC-1000 collators from IFS to help manage a wide range of applications with flexible programming.

The collators feature high power double feed detector sensors and an image checking system that stores and checks the printed image of each page on each feed cycle to protect page order. Production is supported by a Horizon ST-40 stacker.

The company, founded in 1947, provides print management services to the NHS, public sector organisations and local businesses. It has recently taken on additional bingo and promotional games work as well as direct mail and following the closure of nearby Edward Thompson.

Managing director Richard Walker said, ‘We made the investment for one of our core products – the red book child health record. We have three towers running inline to produce these books and they are more than ten years old. It was time to upgrade them to ensure we continue to provide the best service possible.’

The new additions join a raft of IFS-supplied systems at Harlow Printing including a Horizon StitchLiner Mark III, a Horizon StitchLiner 5500, two Horizon AFC-566FG folders, a Horizon SPF/FC 200A bookletmaking system, a Horizon BQ-270V perfect binder and a Horizon CRA-36BU creaser, a Durselen PB-04N drill and two Perfecta 115TS guillotines.