Kern (Konolfingen, Switzerland) has launched its new 3200 Inserter – a high-performance, multi-format inserting system that introduces automatic switching between different envelope sizes for the first time, to achieve faster changeover times between applications and class-leading uninterrupted processing. The new machine will come in three versions to cater for all speed requirements up to 24,000 envelopes per hour. The company’s first new high-speed inserter launched since 2016, the Kern 3200 can be used wherever there is demand for flexible and complex requirements that must handle both transactional and direct mail. The multi-format machine has a newly developed inserting module at its core, which can be equipped with more than one envelope magazine. This unique concept in this class of inserter means that different jobs can be run in succession, without an operator having to intervene and change envelopes. Also announced was a faster version of Kern’s existing 1600 inserter machine, able to handle speeds of up to 16,000 envelopes an hour. Along with the three new 3200s, the expanded entry-level 1600 range completes Kern’s inserter platform of six inserters, designed to cater to all industry requirements as many customers shift to shorter runs and demand more flexibility.
Kern’s 3200 is the only system in its performance class that can be equipped with more than one envelope feeder, said the OEM. This means that automatic envelope changeovers between C4, C5 and DL envelopes while running multiple jobs can be done. The system’s three different models can offer speeds of up to 24,000 envelopes per hour, while the Kern 1600 can offers either 8,000, 12,000 or 16,000 envelopes per hour. Offering a wide range of possible applications, the 3200 Inserter can be combined and equipped with a wide variety of modules. These include multi-channel solutions for special applications, multiple inputs in different performance classes, single-sheet inputs and various feeders for feeding inserts. The system can also be equipped with up to 16 insertion stations (friction or rotary feeders) while at it exit, it can be supplemented with a Print@Exit digital printing system.