Horizon CRF-362 Eliminates Bottleneck at Zenith Print & Packaging

Zenith Print & Packaging has invested in a Horizon CRF-362 creaser and folder and retrofittable Multi-functional Imprinting Unit for its Foliant laminator to support a number of fast turnaround short run services.

The Pontypridd operation is part of the Zenith Group which was established in the 1980s and has grown organically and through acquisition. It not only supplies UK business but also buyers abroad and has won a Queen’s Award for Export.
The group runs a variety of SpeedMaster presses, Suprasetter CtP technology and both commercial and packaging post press machines from Heidelberg.

Kelli-Louise Johnson, Digital General Manager, explains the reason for the new additions: “With our turnover growing in the digital department, investment was needed to enable us to offer quality and speed on finishing leaflets, covers and brochures. I liked the Horizon CRF-362 because it is all in one and compact. It also saves time and money with its speed and set up. It will also ensure the high quality of finished products.”

As for the business impact the system has made so far, she says: “This machine has helped the finishing staff no end, with its speed and accuracy. Jobs are being turned around in minutes not hours.”

The foiler was chosen to offer value added print on short runs: “With small quantities this was perfect, as we have foiling in our litho department, but this gave us the ability to foil one off certificates, covers, or prototypes for packaging – all with no die costs. It is quick and easy to use which is very important for short runs.”

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 ten 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 the high resolution intuitive colour touch screen.

The retrofittable Multi-functional Imprinting Unit will affordably transform output from Zenith Print & Packaging’s Foliant Vega laminator. It makes foiling and spot varnish fast and affordable for short run and personalised print by applying foil or varnish to a pre-printed black toner. The sheet can then be reprinted mono or four colour. It runs a wide range of colours including gold, silver, red and green and a clear gloss for spot varnish. There are the options to add foil to un-laminated paper, or, for a more luxury feel and look, foil can be added to laminate film such as ‘Soft Touch’ or ‘Anti Scuff Matt’. The process transforms business cards, luxury packaging, letterheads, stationery, wedding stationery, high end print, book covers, greeting cards and security printing.