Impel-Welbound automates end-of-line packaging at Repro India

Book binding machines manufacturer Impel-Welbound has installed an automated packaging line at Repro India’s Surat facility.

21 Dec 2020 | By Aultrin Vijay

Arvind Kalasur (centre) and Babban Khot (right) of Impel-Welbound in front of the shrink-wrapping line

According to Repro, the automation of the packaging process has helped the company avoid duplication and misplacement of books during shrink-wrapping and packing operations.

Indian book printing companies generally find it difficult to meet the export deadlines, as the process of gathering the finished books and then shrink-wrapping it, manually, consumes enormous amount of time. A case in point is the Surat-based manufacturer’s facility. Repro exports books to the African countries, and it used to employ huge workforce in its warehouse to complete this job. Thus, they approached Impel-Welbound to facilitate its operations.

The book binding machines manufacturer specialises in collating, stacking and shrink wrapping line that collects the books in sequence into a pile before shrink-wrapping them.

Pallippuram Sajith, managing director of Impel-Welbound group, said, “The solution sought by Repro was provided by our partners Jinxin Corp from Shenzen, China. We explained about the Indian market requirements and the built in specific needs related to exports for Africa. Arvind Kalasur, who heads our knowledge services, travelled to Shenzen to test and dispatch the machine.”

The engineers from Impel-Welbound along with the technicians from Jinxin Corp completed the commissioning and handing process under one week.

Repro Team with the book collating line (L-R Ketul Parikh, Abhijeet Langhi and Brajesh Tiwari)

“Repro is the first Indian company to install such a state-of-the-art packaging facility. It will enable them to ship books on time, without any issues,” Sajith added.

According to Sajith, the packing line comes with a reliable high-speed book separation unit for both perfect bound books and saddle-stitched books. In addition, an integrated book collating channel ensures that each book pile is in good alignment, and this is connected in-line with automatic shrink packing machine.

“We will leverage our knowledge to bring in cost-efficient solutions in bookbinding. It is important to provide pre- and post-installation support to our customers. Our specialists in application and electrical-mechanical support help us in meeting the customer's delivery requirements,” said Kalasur.

“We are presenting a new series of made in India machines and services that can cater to book printers all across the world. We have relied on our immense knowledge in bookbinding, machine building and automation to manufacture machines that provide optimal productivity, while opening up possibilities and expandability, unavailable till date,” Sajith concluded.