Pushing the Envelope in the Mailing & Fulfillment Center

The Mailing & Fulfillment Center—the industry’s largest mailing event anywhere in the Americas—is offering new solutions here and extending even beyond its boundaries across the entire show floor.

One of the innovations to look for in this area of the show floor is envelope converting. A number of companies now offer solutions for this time, paper, and money saving operation.

Kirk-Rudy’s KR738 Envelope Converter (Booth 4603) is a standalone machine running off-line from other machines. A lug-driven chain carries the envelope product underneath each feeder to collate the inserts. The envelope is then glued and folded around the inserts inside it and then transported onto vacuum belts that carry product smoothly beneath the Net Jet print head to print the shipping address. Convert your flat product into a mail-ready envelope with inserts inside with this all in one system: feed, score, collate inserts, glue, fold, and inkjet all in the same pass.

Pitney Bowes’ (Booth 1238) in-line envelope converting module for its Mailstream Wrapper Productivity Series uses continuous rolls of paper to produce high-quality wrap material in-line during the mail finishing process. This unique technology allows mailers to cost-effectively produce wrap material with a scalloped flap and window patch, resulting in a finished mail piece with the appearance of a traditional business envelope. Integrated seamlessly with the Mailstream Wrapper, the module transforms mail finishing into a continuous workflow to produce variable page transactional and direct mail customer communications.

Meanwhile, W+D Machinery Company (Booth 3601) is rolling out the U.S. debut of W+D TIMOS (Totally Integrated Mail Output Solution). It offers high-quality envelope manufacturing and individual printing and inserting (enveloped-on-the-fly), all in one step. W+D TIMOS reduces your operating costs while increasing productivity and the value of the envelope. Built with best-in-class materials, the envelope blank module provides a high-precision web alignment system and web tension control for an endless feed of white or pre-printed envelope webs. The magnetic cylinder of the cutting station enables the creation of multi-format envelope blanks and windows through the use of flex dies in precise alignment with the register. The self-cleaning, inkjet-based digital four-color printing section offers drop-on-demand, full-face printing. And speeds of inserts and envelope blanks are synchronized precisely to guarantee accurate inserting at maximum speed.