Micropress has installed a brace of CoBo Stack automated stacking machines, in the process becoming the first printer in the UK to have two robotic arms.
The two MBO robot stackers were delivered at the start of December and have quickly proved indispensable.
“Like all other print companies, we have been under greater pressure during the last year due to Covid-19,” says director Paul Coby. “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.”
The robotics arms work by collecting a pile from the delivery of the folder, lifting and placing each in the ideal position on a pallet for the next phase of production. It reduces the manpower load on a folder, allowing an operator to concentrate on the feed end while automation takes care of offloading tasks.
The CoBo Stack robots are what is known as cobots, working without guards alongside human operators. Safety systems prevent any unwanted accidents while in operation. And that has proved reliable, says Coby with the devices operating as smoothly as anticipated.
“December was a very busy month of the year for us and we were really pleased that the CoBo Stacks were able hit the ground running,” Coby said. “They have been running well. We have had no major issues and we have also got an update booked in to further improve performance.”
Why Choose Micropress Printers?In addition to our competitive brochure and leaflet pricing and quality assured production, you can benefit from the following additional services:
Generations of Experience
With over 40 years’ knowledge of the print industry, ranging from state-of-the-art litho through to the development of digital print, Micropress has adapted and thrived in today’s increasingly tough print marketplace.
In recent times, the company has developed a personalised account management service. This provides our clients with both the benefit of an individualised business relationship and the delivery capabilities of the largest sheet fed litho commercial printer in the UK.
Serving the Country
Micropress supplies customers throughout the UK. From our print production unit located in Southwold, Suffolk, East of England, we operate a substantial number of printing presses. With 24-hour production, our facilities service an extensive number of clients with a wide range of products.
Our clients vary from small companies through to print management companies and print buyers, each given the same amount of care and attention from our account management team. We have the systems in place to rapidly process different types of orders, including online sales direct from customers through our dedicated portal.
Extensive Paper Stocks
At Micropress, we invest heavily in our recently expanded substantial paper warehouse. By consistently buying in bulk, we not only have the materials to cope with a fast turnaround on almost any job, but we are also able to pass the cost savings over to you – delivering some of the most attractive pricing in the industry.
A Complete End-to-End Service
From pre-press, design and production through to advertising sales and direct mail, Micropress is able to provide customers with a complete range of services to supplement and enhance their printing needs.
Working with a single company and a single account manager offers customers a faster, more streamlined service and ensures a smooth transition between each stage of production through to delivery of your finished print or dispatch by mail to your customers.