We have developed new and exciting partnerships with leading manufacturing facilities in south east Asia which has enabled The Finishing Point to bring to market some of the most advanced print finishing technology currently available in Europe. In order to distinguish this new range from our existing partner ranges we have created a new brand known as GEMINI.
Our manufacturing partners 200,000 square meter factory is centrally located yet has excellent air, rail and sea connections with Europe. The manufacturing processes employed comply, and in many cases exceed ISO9001, ISO12001 standards as well as operating to 6S Management Processes to ensure perfect working practices in line with many of Europe’s leading manufacturers. All our machines have also been CE Certified and Authenticated in the UK to ensure absolute compliance on our complete range.
Working in partnership with our own manufacturing facility in south east Asia, GEMINI has developed a whole new range of innovative technology and equipment specially created and formulated for the Digital Print Finishing Industry. The GEMINI range is currently split in to 4 targeted segments, Guillotines, Laminating, Binding and a new range of automated Multi-Functional Card Cutters. All models are stocked at our Cheshire base with a full and comprehensive parts store for each model as well as our own in house engineering team offering national UK coverage on all of our machinery. Each model is also backed by our Market Leading 2 Year Parts and Electronics Warranty ensuring any purchase can be made with absolute confidence. We also have a complete demonstration suite where we can show you our full range of GEMINI machinery in a relaxed environment.
The first on this list is the new Gemini range of Paper Guillotines which have been successfully sold throughout the UK and Ireland for the past two years. We have received much positive feedback with regards to the reliability, ease of operation and accuracy of our machinery with several customers returning and specifically requesting our Gemini products. We sold over 50 units of the Gemini 465 Guillotine in 2017 with that trend continuing in to 2018 with several installations being completed each month. As a result of this success we have further enhanced our Gemini Paper Guillotine range with the addition of the Gemini 490 as well as several new Hydraulically Powered Systems aimed at the higher volume digital and commercial printers looking to cut up to SRA1 sheets.
The latest Gemini Hydraulic Guillotines are available in cut widths from 520 to 670 mm all offering fully hydraulic operation of both the knife and clamp with pressure adjustment also possible on the clamp from 200 to 1,500daN. To further enhance this new range of Paper Guillotines we have fitted all models with the latest in colour touch screen technology in the form of a 270 mm TFT High Resolution display across the range. The screens all offer ultimate ease of control, instant setup, programming features including the unique divide program function which accounts for gutters and margins automatically as well as full diagnostics and instant calculations with integrated calculator functions. Also included as standard is a three point control of the back gauge to remove squareness issues which is further enhanced with Servo Motors to accurately power the back gauge at speed between positions. A class leading cutting capacity of 90 mm across the range as well as side tables as standard on all models concludes the package on the new Gemini range.
The new and innovative Multi-Lam range has been specially developed to fill a gap in the market for a desktop range of short run digital laminating machines that also offer the latest in Foiling and Sleeking techniques. The range is still new to the UK having only been officially launched in early 2018 but already we can see there is a high demand for this product.
No other laminating machines currently on the UK market offer such a complete package in a compact, easy to use desktop format. Unlike other desktop laminating machines which are slow, cumbersome and don't offer the best results and certainly not able to offer foiling, the Multi-Lam range are surprisingly quick in operation and versatile with the ability to offer single and double sided laminating, encapsulating and foiling as standard. This is all made possible by high powered 1,400 Watt heating elements partnered with a steel chrome upper roller providing high pressure in a traditional spring loaded setup.
The Multi-Lam models are currently available in either semi and fully automated desktop formats with both machines offering guided feed sequences based on the sheet length being laminated. A sensor on the front table is programmed from the LCD Display which includes sheet length and gap requirements between each sheet, this allows for semi or fully automated single side laminating with or without an overlap on each sheet. For double sided laminating the gap can be set to zero so the sheets are essentially stream fed either by hand or automated on the auto feed models. A built in perforation blade on the upper roller also allows the sheets to be easily split once laminated.
In late 2019 we will be bringing to market the latest vacuum fed Multi-Lam machine which offers fully automated feeding of coated and un-coated stocks up to 400 gsm. Built in sheet separation allows for completely operator free operation in a package that is not only compact but also free standing and at class leading prices.
Our EasiBinder range has been a huge success since we launched the machines at The Print Show in 2017. We sold 7 machines from the stand in 2017 and a further 3 in 2018 at the same show. All the machines have been installed with the 2017 machines now being in use for over 18 months we have been given extremely positive feedback by all our customers. Partnering our machines with the latest in Digital Adhesives from Planatol has enabled us to offer a cost efficient, reliable and high speed solution to the problem of perfect binding digitally printed materials usually only possible with much more costly PUR devices.
The EasiBinder range offers full spine preparation with an integrated milling and riving head, independent glue tanks for the side and main glue rollers, independently adjustable carriage and nipping station height to ensure perfect book alignment and 3 operating modes ensuring any book large or small can be processed with ease.
Our own latest brochure, which is available now, has been produced in house using our machinery including the EasiBinder 800 and EasiBinder 500. All the internal sheets are coated 150 gsm gloss with a 300 gsm matt board cover which has also been laminated. The complete brochure has been printed in house on our Xerox Colour 560 Digital Press and once complete the brochure is a testament to the quality and strength that our EasiBinder machinery offers, even on digital media!
Our latest addition to the range is our high speed multi-functional card cutters which we developed to offer class leading capabilities on all stocks up to 400gsm including laminated materials. The entire machine has been designed to offer complete simplicity of use with a quick interchangeable cassette function which allows for a wide variety of card sizes to be produced.
The range includes a compact A4 machine known as the Gemini CC10 and the larger SRA3 model known as the Gemini CC21 Pro. Both models are built on similar platforms to ensure the quality of the process and cutting remains consistent no matter which solution you choose. The Gemini CC10 can produce up to 100 business cards per minute on all stock types up to 400 gsm whilst the Gemini CC21 Pro can produce up to 132 business cards in one minute from a SRA3 sheet and stocks up to 400gsm. A range of fixed cassettes are available offering a variety of finished card width sizes from Business Cards to simple A5 and A6 post cards. The cross cutter positioning is programmable ensuring you have the ability to offer the widest range of finished products without the need for an operator.