Nitecrest invest in new Kern 91 card affixing system
The machine, the first of its kind to be installed in the UK, comprises a full-colour CMYK printer for white paper cut sheet processing, high speed integrated sheet feeding and folding technology, devices to read all necessary code types on the carriers, four high-capacity insert feed stations, document grouping capability, envelope inserting and sealing mechanism and PCL production control reporting software for time and date stamped audit trail.
This fully integrated affixing system has a high speed inline sheet feeder that can read and decode various code types using a magnetic stripe reader or a CCD camera for OCR, 2D and 1D card reading. The single run processing solution will facilitate Nitecrest's need to process both short run complex daily production and large batch work efficiently. It was particularly suited to their requirements because of its ability to provide a camera audit from start to end which ensures Nitecrest and its customers receive a secure and reliable service.
Processing over one billion cards a year, Nitecrest is focusing on ensuring accuracy; with the Kern 91 it will enable them to track the entire affixing process from start to finish. Sensors are positioned at each stage of th channels to detect and track each card, carrier sheet and ultimately the completed pack. A variety of insert types can be processed from the four servo controlled high capacity feeders where inserts are added to the card affixed pack on either a selective or fixed count basis. This enables Nitecrest's customers to amalgamate a range of business collateral with plastic cards including terms and conditions, promotional leaflets and communications.
The affixed pack is enclosed using the same technology that Kern delivers to their high volume transactional sector customers. This "unique to Kern" envelope pocket inserting technology ensures the card affixed pack is fully protected throughout and more particularly at the point of insertion with a patented Kern packing pocket design which reduces the potential for spoils and remakes. For card production and processing, this is an essential benefit to ensure all contractual service levels and internal key performance indicators will be fullfilled at all times, and the cost per piece is kept to a minimum.
Kern, a company with a time-honoured reputation for innovation in mailing and packaging systems, worked with Nitecrest to provide a solution that would eradicate the need for pre-printing letterheads or manual loading of cards and carriers onto a conveyor.
Kern's CEO, Peter Jolley "Every element of Nitecrest's current and known future requirements around this project were identified and worked through in granular detail. We developed a clear understanding of the business drivers behind this investment which in turn allowed us to build a fit for purpose solution what catered for the exacting needs of Nitecrest's complex production. Our combined objective was to provide Nitecrest with a unique and valuable offering in card production and processing within the financial market sector, and I believe we have achieved this. We recognised the necessity for a machine that provides more than simple card affixed output, and the Kern 91 solution was chosen as the perfect offering to meet Nitecrest's current and future requirements. The machine features state of the art servo and device control technology and a card pick and place robot system from Epson that delivers unseen before accurate and flexible card placement and positioning. Kern is looking forward to being part of Nitecrest's future successes in what is already a successful and meaningful partnership between the two organisations. It has been a pleasure to work with the Nitecrest team who have proven to be extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout. We look forward to working with them in the future to provide additional solutions and services".
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