Adare SEC, a provider of technology-led, paper-based and electronic communication solutions, has become the first company in the UK to test a new cross-cutter that is almost 20 per cent faster than the previous model.

With a commitment to innovation, streamlining its production and remaining at the forefront of the sector, Secure and Essential Communication Solutions specialist Adare SEC was asked to BETA test Hunkeler’s new CS8 Sheeter as an upgrade from the existing CS6 length and cross-cutter.

The CS8’s cutting module produces full-bleed documents using its double cross-cutting cylinder. It can also be equipped either with two knives for variable chip-out, or with one cutting knife and one perforating blade to produce dynamic folding perforations.

The equipment, worth more than £400,000 and purchased through finishing equipment specialists Friedheim International, is based at Adare SEC’s Huddersfield site.

The CS8 has helped provide more flexibility around product routing and generating capacity gains across its finishing department and digital print and enclosing departments. It has been used to sheet down various types of secure documents offline with very little waste, achieving over two million forms per day.

Steve Davis, Head of Production at Adare SEC, said: “The rated speed for the CS8 is 180metres per minute, which is achievable on a regular basis, and offers valuable support to our current CS6 that we invested in only 14 months ago. The beauty about these machines is they can be tailored to achieve specific or generic requirements.

“The CS6 sheeter runs 153 metres per minute and the machine was rated at 150 metres per minute when we acquired it. Hunkeler offered us the chance to BETA test their new line at the new rates speed, so we couldn’t resist putting it through its testing.

“The new CS8 stood up to the test whilst also offering the reliability expected from Hunkeler, not to mention the expert field engineers that come with their vast knowledge and experience.”

Adare’s CEO, Richard Slee, added: “It is very humbling to be part of this BETA test. We take the offer from Hunkeler to be a great compliment as it demonstrates that we drive the machines hard in what is a very difficult financial climate, achieving fantastic efficiencies that show through to our bottom line.”

The CS8 addition is part of ongoing investments across all of Adare SEC’s sites in Huddersfield, Redditch, Guildford and Nottingham, as it gears up for a period of accelerated growth in 2018.

Robin Brown, Sales Manager for Friedheim International Digital Solutions, said: “Friedheim’s relationship with Adare goes back over 30 years and, as a trusted partner and their commitment to innovation, they have progressed through the entire series of Hunkeler POPP (printer online paper processing) systems over the last 25 years.

“We wanted to test it in the most demanding environments which is why Adare SEC was chosen to run the first in the UK producing high security paper products.”