Home' Australian Printer Magazine : September 2013 Contents GRAPHITYPE Printing
Ser vices has recently
installed a new Horizon
AFC 566FG fully automated
folding unit, after investing in a
second hand Horizon binding line
earlier in the year.
Dave Morris, managing director
of Graphitype Printing Serv ices, says
the time had come for the company
to update its finishing equipment.
He says, “We have had a Horizon
binding line for 20 years and while
we needed a new binding machine,
we don’t do massive amounts of
collating and finishing, so we don’t
need a large binding line system.
Fortunately, we source a five year old
refurbished line from Currie Group.
“Our production manager says
it is a perfect fit for what we do.
Although it is five years old, it has
a quick makeready and the staff
members enjoy running it. We use
it for jobs right across the board. It’s
quite versatile, as there is nothing
set, or hard and fast, about our work.
“ The old Horizon binding line
was good but this one has much
better electronics, with a quick
and easy set up and information is
entered into the electronic screen,
which automatically sets the guides.
Although our most common sizes
are A4 and A5, we also do a variety
of different sizes, with some jobs we
can add covers as we go. It’s a good
fit for us.”
THE needs of a new client sent
Graphitype in search of a new
folding machine. Morris says, “We
had an old folder. It still folds okay
but the work with our new contract
required more accurate and neater
folding. When the time came to buy
a new folder, we also looked at a lot
of second-hand machines but they
weren’t really what we needed.
“I had heard about the Horizon
machines and seen some at the trade
shows, and other printers spoke
highly of them. After phoning Currie
Group, it took only a short time
to discuss, have a demo and then
install the folder. It was apparently
an ex-PacPrint offer and was still
in the box. Installation only took
about 10 days, from my original
phone call. Since then, it has run
exceptionally well, with the Horizon
folder being very operator friendly.
Our operators enjoy the ease of
operation and can set up simply by
pushing buttons on the electronic
screen. It is perfect for us because we
do a lot of jobbing work. The short
makeready also helps to make us
more competitive. A couple of big
pluses are the accuracy of the folds
and the ability to adjust the fold on
the run, when you sometimes just
need to give it a tweak to get it right.
There is a similarity between the
Horizon screens and that has helped
in training our operators as they
moved on to the new machine.”
Adapt to thrive
GRAPHITYPE Printing Services
began 28 years ago when Morris,
his wife Kath and a client, who
had become a good friend, started
printing in a garage. He says, “I was
working for AM International at
the time and my client was always
at me to get involved. After star ting
in the garage, we moved into larger
premises, bought our first GTO and
rest, as they say, is histor y.”
Morris has no secret recipe for
longevity in this business. He says,
“ You have to change and adapt.
We are a good case in point. Our
industry has changed dramatically
in the past few years and, while
our sheet fed division is busy at the
moment, it is still difficult when it
goes quiet as we still have the same
Like other Australian print
companies, Graphitype Printing
Ser vices would like to see the market
settle a bit after the recent tumult.
Morris says, “We are all hoping,
post-Geon, the market will have
some common sense. You can’t
dominate the market with cheap
prices; that won’t work. The GFC
also changed every thing and we just
have to adapt and modify. You have
to be realistic and we are looking for
niche markets because the regular
work is being dominated by on line
sites. The bigger more established
ones gang-up much of the work, but
that is not something we can do.”
“We are looking to be as efficient
as we can so the new finishing
gear helps. The Currie Group has
been good to deal with, and over
the years, Currie Group has had a
reputation as one of the more steady
companies and they have always
had quality gear. Whenever a show
is on, we visit the Currie stand and
see the guys there. The Horizon gear
comes w ith decent handbooks but
whenever we have needed ser vice
and support, Currie has responded
38 September 2013 - Australian Printer
Dave Morris, managing director at Graphitype with the Horizon AFC 566FG
THE AFC-566FG is a fully automated folding
machine. Features include:
All roller gap settings can be performed
automatically through the LCD touchscreen
inserting a single sheet at the calliper.
17 fold patterns are set up by touching the icon
for the desired fold pattern and inputting the sheet
size on the large LCD colour touchscreen.
Standard wireless remote controller for more
Equipped with six buckles, one cross knife and
two buckles under the cross knife.
Fold rollers are constructed with a combination
of steel and soft polyurethane for superior grip and
sharp, consistent folding.
Up to 200 job settings can be memorized for
quick and easy recall of regular jobs.
Specially-coated buckle plates minimise paper
friction to help maintain fold accuracy.
Horizon’s advanced rotary suction feed system
for fast, consistent feeding of a wide range of paper
The machine boasts speeds of up to 42,000
sheets per hour with A4 parallel fold.
Full automation on the Horizon
Buyers Guide: Finishing
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