PRINT wizards Denny Brothers is offering other companies the machine development expertise that put it ahead of the rest.
The Bury St Edmunds-based group has its own engineering wing, Db Engineering, with 30 years’ experience in designing, manufacturing and setting up production machinery and now wants to move into doing development and prototype work for other companies who need sophisticated machines to make their products.
Denny Brothers invented the Fix-a-Form booklet label which it licences for production in 22 countries. All the machines that produce the labels, found on products from Marmite to weed killer, are designed, manufactured and assembled in-house and installed by Db Engineering staff.
Fix-a-Form engineering manager Alan Bonnett said: “We’re a highly skilled engineering company and want to offer those skills to others. If you have an idea and think ‘where can I get this done?’ or want to talk to someone about whether it is feasible, that’s the sort of thing we can offer.”
Group managing director Andrew Denny said: “We can offer a one-stop shop because we have a design capability, a machine building capability and we can develop the control systems. We also have experience of intellectual property. That is a minefield, but we’ve mapped the minefield.
“It’s easy for people to think what we do is simple because it’s print and labels, but handling paper is difficult because you can’t push it.”
Yet the Denny-developed control system on the Fix-a-Form machines detects the gaps between labels on a strip and speeds up over them, then slows down to print the label. It does this at about 50 metres a minute to an accuracy of 0.25mm.
In addition, the machines are tailored to their markets, volumes and things like the gluing systems used.
Db Engineering staff are also working on refurbishing older machines around the world and developing their replacements.
The latest versions even have an internet link so staff can help operators anywhere in the world.
Mr Denny said: “We are taking the service we have offered to our licensing partners for years and offering that to other customers.”
Visit www.fix-a-form.com for more information.