Blue Star upgrades Ferag postpress

IVE subsidiary Blue Star Web is boosting its Ferag UniDrum stitching system at its Silverwater site in western Sydney, investing in an EasySert inserting drum and RollStream collating solution.

The new modules form an insertion combination allowing collating, stitching, trimming and inserting in one pass at the same speed, without intermediate product handling.

Prior to the installation, the company only had access to offline insertion for the magazines on its high performance line. In addition to the EasySert inserting system, the new upgrade includes a RollStream pre-collecting and feeding system for inserts and three JetFeeders for manually-fed inserts.

Darryl Meyer, group general manager, Web Offset, IVE, says, “Everything was well planned and executed.”

[Related: IVE delivers strong full year results]

The UniDrum has been in operation had been in operation since 2004, along with other saddle stitching and perfect binding lines. The former UniDrum was a 420-format gatherer-stitcher drum with seven hoppers served manually or by log feeder, an SNT-42 trimming drum for three-sided trimming and unloading of finished products through to a Segbert system for stacking and palletising.

The Silverwater facility houses four 16 page heatset web offset presses along with one 32page machine.

Last year IVE also finished constructing its newest offset facility in nearby Huntingwood.

Blue Star Web now employs 190 people, producing 240 titles.

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