Diamond Digital’s booklet maker

Diamond Digital in Woolwich has installed an Ashgate KF640 booklet maker and trimmer with a squarefold in-line unit to meet the demand for high quality, A4 landscape booklet making.

The company, which was set up by Gary Wise almost four years ago to focus on high end, short run, fast turnaround digital print, has three Ricoh presses, including a direct to garment digital T shirt printer. The Ricoh Pro C7200 and the 5200s both have the banner feed option, giving Diamond Digital the opportunity to produce digitally printed A4 landscape booklets.
“It is a growing market but we were missing out because we could not find an affordable booklet maker to finish this type of format. We either had to stitch them by hand which is laborious and time consuming or outsource them, which made us uncompetitive,” said Gary.

“When we heard from Ricoh that Ashgate were introducing the KF640 booklet maker, manufactured by KAS Paper Systems, we were very interested. I knew of Ashgate because I had used their equipment before,” he continued. “I saw it being demonstrated and took with us A4 landscape and A6 booklets as a trial. Both were finished perfectly.”
The KF640 is the first booklet maker and trimmer of its size and price to produce a maximum booklet size of 320mm x 320mm and more common sizes like A4 landscape and 12” x 12”. It will also handle a maximum sheet size of 640mm x 320mm which means that the SRA2 sheets do not require pre-trimming of the short edge on a guillotine prior to producing an A4 landscape booklet. Features include heavy duty 44 gauge staple head using 44/6mm and 44/8mm staples and a high speed fold knife system which eliminates marking.

“It’s ideal for our type of work, not only because of the formats it can handle but also because it finishes a range of stock, including gloss and laminates. We like the fact that it is manual because, as well as being compact and robust, we can get into the machine and adjust every part independently. This makes if very quick and easy to change from one size to another. Speed is really important because we pride ourselves on being able to turn jobs round within 24 hours.
Diamond Digital also bought the squarefold in-line unit which sits between the booklet maker and the trimmer. “It is proving very beneficial to flatten books, without noticeably slowing down production. The squarefold is an efficient way to give them a perfect bound look with the security of a stapled finish. Like the KF640, it finishes booklets from A6 to A4 landscape, giving them the quality we require,” Gary commented.

“We have been pleased with the training and after sales service from Ashgate. “We have been on a learning curve and they have been very helpful.”

He added, “The K640 has been a good buy. We are already marketing it to our customer base and sending them sample booklets. The future for this type of booklet making is looking good and, with the extra work that it is already bringing in, we expect it to pay for itself within two years.