The Barnsley Chronicle has selected a second ROMFUSION automatic strapper from Mosca Direct for its Muller Martini ‘stich and trim’ line, applying a single strap to bundles of newspapers prior to loading onto pallets.
The new machine features Mosca’s innovative ‘Direct Drive Technology’ which utilises low energy consumption brushless DC drives and eliminates the use of gears, pulleys, chains and belts, to provide increased reliability and minimum down-time. Other features include user-friendly electronic controls, a hinged table plate, adjustable strap tension via potentiometer and a selector switch for soft strapping of delicate bundles. The strapper also offers easy cleaning and maintenance.
Barnsley Chronicle is a long-standing enthusiast of Mosca machines and the latest installation continues a successful working partnership between the two companies. The newspaper purchased an automated Mosca RO-TRD in 2005, followed by its first ROMFUSION in 2013, and has been very impressed with the performance and reliability of the equipment which plays an important role in the end of line operation. “If the machines did not perform, this could significantly slow down or even stop the newspaper press in its tracks…which we simply cannot afford,” states Tim Brooks, Engineering Manager at Barnsley Chronicle.
It was this positive history with its existing Mosca machines and the overall Mosca experience which gave Barnsley Chronicle the confidence to stick with the strapping machine specialist when it came to acquiring a new stand-alone machine.
“Mosca machines are by no means the cheapest, but you definitely get what you pay for,” say Tim Brooks. “Mosca is the Rolls Royce of the strapping world! As a small company, we can’t afford downtime, so we need machines that do what we want without any problems. The Moscas are quick, reliable, and easy to use. We will definitely come to Mosca in the future for our strapping machinery requirements.”
The Barnsley Chronicle is one of the UK’s oldest regional newspapers and one of the few weeklies still in private ownership. It was launched in 1858 and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008.
ROMFUSION machines are part of a vast range of both semi-automatic and fully-automated strapping systems from Mosca. They are German designed and manufactured and available in the UK through its wholly owned subsidiary, Mosca Direct Ltd, based in Cotgrave, Nottingham. Mosca Direct has an extensive team of UK based sales, service, engineering and customer service representatives, plus an emergency out-of-hours service.