Micropress eases pressure on production with double CoBo-Stack purchase

Family owned commercial printing business Micropress has said its recent investment in two MBO CoBo-Stack automated stacking machines has helped ease pressure on production and improve workflow.

Purchased from print finishing specialist Friedheim International and installed at the start of December, the two CoBo-Stack machines have already proved to be shrewd investments for the Suffolk based company.

The CoBo-Stacks are operating as part of the wider Micropress production process, which also includes litho and digital printing presses, cutting, folding, stitching and binding kit, along with spot UV and foiling.

Paul Coby, Director at Micropress, said the CoBo-Stacks now form an integral part of production and, since installation, have helped improved production.

“Like all other print companies, we have been under greater pressure during the last year due to Covid-19,” Coby said. “We traded throughout the pandemic and were busy again towards the end of the year.

“As a result, we were looking for greater automation in our print production to help workflow. The CoBo-Stacks were the first pieces of kit we invested in since the first lockdown last year and we had to ensure we got it right.

“Despite having only been running for a couple of months, we have seen some benefits already, with the CoBo-Stacks freeing up staff to look after other work.”

Coby said one of the most pleasing aspects of the double purchase was that the two machines have performed exactly as expected, with both of the new CoBo-Stacks running smoothly.

“December was a very busy month of the year for us and we were really pleased that the CoBo-Stacks were able to hit the ground running,” Coby said. “They have been running well, we've had no major issues and we've also got an update booked in to further improve performance.”

Micropress has enjoyed a long term relationship with Friedheim, having worked with the finishing specialist for more than 12 years, so had no hesitation in returning to the supplier for its latest purchase.

“We’ve got a good relationship with the team at Friedheim,” Coby said. “We get a good service when working with them and they are reliable when it comes to assistance with kit.”