Rotherham and Barnsley shop-fronted business John Brailsford Printers has purchased more finishing equipment from Morgana Systems in the shape of a Uchida AeroCut One multi-purpose finishing unit and a Canny Bander machine.


John Brailsford Printers runs two Presstek offset litho machines as well as Xerox digital printing equipment, from two print centres in Rotherham and Barnsley.


The company has been a long-time fan of the Japanese manufactured Uchida products, with the new AeroCut One replacing another similar unit that had been in use for seven years, and has now been sold to another printer to continue its productive life. 


The AeroCut One from Uchida is a compact slitting, cutting and creasing unit. Creasing can be set at five different levels, while two single blade and two double blade slitters trim the top and bottom margins of sheets. The durable guillotine can handle stocks up to 400gsm. The patented Tri-Suction top-feed system can feed a variety of stock including coated papers. The Flex Mode even allows users to cut multiple sizes of cards from a page and add a desired number of creases. Two perforating wheels can also be added to the system.


Commenting on the arrival of the new machine, company owner John Brailsford says: “Our previous Uchida had been a great servant to the business, but this new model comes complete with a bar-code reader, and that really is a game changer. We didn’t really appreciate the difference it would make until we had the machine installed for a trial period. Our Xerox print unit adds a bar-code to the regular job imposition before printing, and this contains all of the job information. The AeroCut One picks up on the bar-code and sets itself up for slitting, cutting and creasing as is required for the job. It’s amazing to see it in action. It’s fast, accurate and needs no operator intervention.”


Mr Brailsford says the reaction of his team has been one of delight: “We should have bought this sooner! It’s easy to use, saves time on every job, saves any operator errors, and just moves the job speedily through production with the minimum of touch-points.”


To compliment the Uchida the company has also purchased an additional banding unit. 


“The Canny Bander sits beside the Uchida finishing unit so that we can band the business cards and postcards prior to packaging,” continues Mr Brailsford. ‘It helps to present a neat, finished job to our customers – and they do comment on the presentation of the work when delivered.”