In 2008 Clays awarded STC their prestigious maintenance contract as it was felt by the company there was a need for change. STC provided a comprehensive site survey to enable the customer to understand fully the nature of the scales which were on the site some of which were linked directly to production presses via some complex software.
In recent years a number of these units started to have problems and it was discovered that the parts were no longer available. Ian then asked STC to investigate how we could supply and install a suitable indicator which could retro fit to both the scale bases which were on site and also interface with the complex software programme. STC’s engineer Alex Blake spent 3 or 4 days with various machines and finally it was decided that the best fit was the GSE562 Indicator which could be programmed to replicate any of the software commands which was necessary to control the present machines. We rolled out the first 2 of these soon after and subsequently supplied spare indicators and now have a solution whenever a machine needs to be replaced.
We have also been fortunate enough to supply new stand-alone scales and stand-alone platforms into clays as well as systems which will sheet count and monitor waste. STC are delighted to work with Clays as they are one of the premier book producers in the UK. Andrew Lawrence (Digital Print Manager) said he was ‘delighted with the platform scales and was already seeing the benefits in reduced waste’.