Stephens & George Print Group has once again turned to leading strapping specialist Mosca Direct Ltd to fulfil the requirements of its expanding production-line, with the installation of two SoniXs Evolution MP-6 T strapping machines.
Having already ten machines in use across the business, Stephens & George was confident of the consistent reliability offered by Mosca technology, which, according to the company’s Group Bindery Manager Marcus Partridge, made the decision to install two more a ‘no brainer’.
The new SoniXs machines are being used for the application of strap to various brochure and mail-out products. Standard features of the SoniXs MP-6 T include tool-free disassembly and reassembly, resulting in easy access for cleaning and maintenance, while wear-free DC drives with integrated electronics, adjustable strap tension via potentiometer and programmable strap tension value ensure reliability and user-friendly operation. Other benefits include cycle counter integration; quick strap coil change achieved by changeability options from the front and side; automatic strap threading system complemented by automatic strap loop ejection; and strap end detection with ejection of remaining strap.
In addition, Mosca’s patented SoniXs ultrasonic sealing system delivers excellent energy efficiency thanks to its electronic self-calibration.
Requiring no warm-up time, energy is only consumed at the moment the strap ends are sealed. Similarly the option to switch from maximum to material-friendly eco speed adds to the minimal energy consumption of the machine.
Mosca’s record of reliability and outstanding performance meant there was little competition when it came to choosing the new machines.
“Having used a variety of other branded strappers on our mailing lines and none of them being that reliable, I was beginning to think this was just the norm,” explains Marcus Partridge. “That changed as soon as we installed a Mosca strapping machine; the kit does exactly what it says on the tin and straps all bundles of varying depths with consistency and reliability.”
Recently celebrating its 100 year anniversary, Stephens & George Print Group is a family owned and run business that specialises in magazine and commercial product printing. Its litho sheet-fed print and bindery plant in Merthyr Tydfil is capable of supporting both small and large print runs from anywhere between a hundred copies to a hundred thousand.
Alongside its printing facilities, the company offers folding, saddle stitching, perfect and PUR binding, mailing, and distribution services.
The company prides itself on providing excellent customer service, which includes keeping up-to-date with the latest machinery and technology.
“Reliability is key,” continues Marcus Partridge. “Mosca strappers are user friendly and the workforce has really bought into this equipment because it is so dependable and consistent. If we need strapping machinery, whether it’s in-line or stand-alone, I simply ring Mosca and place my order.”
As well as Mosca machines, the group is also users of Mosca strap, taking advantage of the comprehensive service contracts that Mosca offer. “I would recommend Mosca to others in the industry and I will use them again without hesitation,” concludes Marcus Partridge.
Based in Cotgrave, Nottingham, Mosca Direct Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mosca GmbH. The company supplies strapping machinery which is based on modular design to fit easily into existing lines or as part of a new project.
Mosca also supplies PP & PET plastic strapping, comprehensive engineering services and spare parts to the whole of the United Kingdom and Ireland.