Allied Printing Services Adds a Pitney Bowes Envelope Inserter to Support Addition of Xeikon Presses
MANCHESTER, Conn. - November 15, 2017 - To support the growth of three new Xeikon 9800 digital web presses, Allied Printing Services has added a Pitney Bowes MPS high-speed envelope inserter. The new inserter supports this growth on the back-end in its full-service mailing services/lettershop department.
This new inserter has added capacity to Allied's mail department, and joins five existing envelope inserters. Allied’s new Pitney Bowes inserter features an MCS Eagle inkjet head, and a fully integrated camera system to handle match mailings while validating authenticity that each envelope receives the variably printed letters that match the inkjet address.
“The Pitney Bowes inserter also has a pile-feeder, folder, and accumulator on the front end. We are now going straight to our inserter with flat cut personalized letters, and our envelope inserter is feeding, folding, accumulating, and inserting each piece at speeds of up to 22,000 per/hour,” comments Mark Flinn, bindery manager.
Over the last 12 months, Allied has added six MCS Eagle inkjet heads. These aqueous-based inkjet systems not only offer a higher quality address block, but also a wider range of coverage. “Our new inkjet heads are 4.25˝ wide, which allows us to offer more options to our customers while also being more efficient in the finishing department. We are able to duplex inkjet mailers with our turnover unit as well, which is a new capability for us,” says Jon Kaufman, SVP technical development.
Chris Gouveia, who oversees all production at Allied, has seen a trend where Allied’s bindery and mailing department are really merging into one department. It is not uncommon to see multiple operations being done in-line which oftentimes includes inkjet for mail.
Also commenting on this, John Sommers, president and CEO of Allied, adds, "We’re able to inkjet in-line not only on our inserters, but also on our folders, saddle-stitchers, etc. This has helped us to drive savings for our customers! They also love hearing that our inkjet heads now emit zero VOC’s as the systems are all aqueous based. Allied has been an outlier in the industry in many ways. We believe in continual re-investment, and aim to position ourselves for continued growth by listening to our customers, analyzing our marketplace, and making strategic investments in equipment, capabilities, and people. These recent investments we have made in 2017 are no exception!"
Sommers also adds, "We see digital printing, personalization, repetitive programs, marketing automation, and direct mail as important parts of our future. We have a wide range of customers who help us to see the trends, and we as a company adapt and innovate so that we can support their needs for the future. Allied is unique in that we have tremendous capacity and capabilities, but with the autonomy and flexibility that you would expect to see in a much smaller company. We have and will continue to be very opportunistic, as we do not hesitate to embrace new technology to improve the way we do things. Many of our competitors have struggled in this marketplace, but we are a financially solid company and we plan on continued growth. I am proud of our team and I love what we do at Allied!”
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