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Successful installations at APS Group Secure Communications (UK)

BOWE SYSTEC UK has provided a major role in supporting APS Group’s Secure Communications business relocate from its former Chester location to a new purpose built Super Centre in Preston Brook, Cheshire, with the installation of two Dual Channel BOWE SYSTEC Fusion Cross Inserting Systems and two reconfigured Criterion high speed Letter Sorting Machines (Consolidators). The new 97,000 sq feet site is strategically located close to the M56, M6, M62 motorway network, with close proximity to Royal Mail and the DSA carrier hubs.

The new site serves a dual purpose with one half of the site dedicated to APS’s Delivery & Fulfilment proposition, whilst the other half provides an automated facility processing critical communications for a variety of customers from those in banking and retail to insurance, government, health services and membership organisations. “The move across to our new Preston Brook site went seamlessly and with no delays. The support provided by BOWE SYSTEC UK was second to non and they supported me all the way with the transition which was a great help” comments Steve Goodall, Director of Print and Logistics at APS Group.

Steve Basnett, Senior Account Manager at BOWE SYSTEC UK says: “For 75 years, Communications Organisations, Government and Financial Service companies have been investing in market leading technology and service support from BOWE SYSTEC to assist them in delivering high security and complex applications.

BOWE SYSTEC‘S professional support team helped plan a smooth and seamless transition for APS to the new state of the art facility in Preston Brook with a minimum of disruption. The two Dual Channel Fusion Cross Inserters enable high throughput (up to 22,000 envelopes per hour each) whilst also providing the flexibility to process not only standard 2-up stationery, but on-line cross folded applications, negating the need for additional time consuming off-line processes. BOWE SYSTEC provides on site service support and is honoured to be recognised by APS Group as a trusted business partner, with both parties working together to optimise automation and efficiency“.

The Fusion Cross is a true hybrid inserting system enabling the processing of statements, but also more challenging marketing driven applications. It‘s intuitive Cockpit operating system, with recipe driven menu, and automated job changeover feature, allows APS Group to process wide ranging applications in the shortest time frame possible for their clients. The highest levels of security and integrity are provided through file based processing and camera reading technology which track each mail piece through the whole process.

Mail sorting of customer communications is optimised through mail sorting software which sorts the mail in post code sequence into the Fusions‘ on-line automated traying system (EPOS). Short profile applications (under 4,000 maipieces) are automatically routed to one of two BOWE SYSTEC high speed Criterion Letter Sorting machines (Consolidators) which amalagate mailings so that workshare mailmark mailsort discounts can be achieved, thereby reducing the cost of distribution.


Alexandra Stölzle

Corporate Marketing
Phone +49 821 5702-305


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