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Duplo’s Direct Marketing division has launched two new collators, the Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation System.
The two new machines, which are listed at around €150,000 for the Mini Collation system and €100,000 for the Esper, were given their soft launch in the early part of this year.
The Mini Collation system, which was shown as a prototype at Drupa, is Duplo’s first machine to be twinned with its E-Tandem software, which will be rolled out in November and connects the machine with the cloud, allowing for the production of job reports, job file transfers and diagnostics.
“We’ve had many occasions where envelopes have arrived, glued together, which causes all sorts of problems,” said Neale Horstead, who heads  the Direct Marketing division.
“Now you have a way of distinguishing the different documents that are run in each particular set and whether certain documents cause more problems than others.”
Running at 9,000 sets per hour, both machines handle a range of document formats, while the Mini Collation system extends the inline processes of the Esper by incorporating both a ‘Load-on-the-run’ facility and a ‘Cascade’ function that can be programmed to handle larger volumes of small runs of inserts, as well as thicker folded documents. A stacker unit can be programmed to deliver batches from five to 50, with no pause in production.
“With the Mini System you get control of production because the stacker is split into two,” said Horstead.
“It basically allows the collator to keep feeding. A lot of our customers have developed their own range of conveyor systems over the years, so we realised this was something required.”