Gómez Aparicio, a Spanish printer and binder located in Madrid purchased a Polar 176 Plus with 2 lifts to replace an older machine in VLF size. This new POLAR cutting system consists of 2 new stack lifts on each side of the cutter, as well as the cutter N176 Plus. This new guillotine works 8 hours per day and is focused on trimming paper size in VLF format for the printing presses. It also finishes products for the binding processes.
Gomez Aparicio is a printing and binding plant specialized in hard and soft cover books as well as magazines. They also have a digital press division which has been growing constantly in the past 5 years.
Since the guillotine has been in operation, the performance has increased in terms of speed, quantity, quality and precision. The system brings up to 20% more performance in comparison to a cutter without auxiliary equipment. The operator’s performance remains constant due to better ergonomics, as the lifting and descending of heavy material is no longer necessary. Additional saving potential was achieved through the POLAR OPTIKNIFE.
Core part of the Polar System 120 is the Polar cutter N176 Plus. Already in the basic machine configuration the machine offers features that increase the production output. The lift enables automatic material lifting onto an easy handling height for the operator to transfer the reams to the cutter. A second lift is placed to unload the material from the cutter. This can be optionally equipped with an angular plate which makes the unloading much easier. The descending is half automatic, i. e. the cycle has to be started manually and will be stopped by the photocell.
The company was founded in 1958 and Mr. Luis Hedo is the third generation running the business. It has 90 employees working 2 and 3 shifts per day in size 3b and VLF, as well as sizes 6 and 7B.
Outstanding reasons for its success are quality, innovation and service.
Though the company’s geographic area of activity is Spain, it is now increasing its exports.
Beside the new cutter they have two other Polar cutters in sizes 115 and 137.
Book printing is now growing again after several years of stagnation, which is good news for the editorial sector. This increase is not only in traditional offset printing, but also in digital inkjet and toner printing as well.
Mr. Luis Fco. Hedo Gómez
Phone: +34 91 813 3555
Managing Director Mr. Luis Hedo and Sales Manager Mr. Angel Grutzmann from Heidelberg Spain on the right side together with the machine operator and J. Pujol from Polar in front of the new system