Forerunner Series

Innovation by design

Bell and Howell’s Forerunner inserters are easy to operate, are equipped with the industry’s best enclosure handling technology and include advanced innovations making this proven technology even more productive. Forerunner inserters set the benchmark for dependability and low cost per piece.

Your profitability and return on investment rely on having the fewest operators, maximizing production in a shorter run environment and controlling operating costs. Bell and Howell Forerunner inserters are specifically designed to be run by a single operator. Forerunner inserters are perfect for short to mid-length runs, come equipped with advanced productivity management software and help operators become highly efficient. Unmatched material flexibility, simple tool-free changeovers and the throughput to meet your schedule are a few of the many reasons the Forerunner is the system our industry has come to depend on.

Always ready

Choosing an inserter that can keep up with the ever-changing demands from your applications can pose a challenge. You can count on the Forerunner inserting system to handle your day-to-day production reliably and have the flexibility to easily process unforeseen spikes in volume, high page count runs and the inevitable “hot jobs.”

Each function in the new Forerunner inserting system is optimized. Its new design has incorporated advanced technology that dramatically increases efficiency, resulting in up to a 25% improvement in the inserting area.

Key benefits

  • Improved cycle speed of up to 20% (up to 13,000 pieces per hour) and net throughput by as much as 25% resulting in lower costs per piece
  • Revolutionary new Harmonix maximizes throughput for every job and every operator
  • Optimized performance for low- to high-page set sizes
  • Pneumatic enclosure feeding
  • The elimination over 450 mechanical parts for improved reliability
  • Improved envelope sealing system
Specifications
Max cycle speed
  • p to 13,000 insertions per hour
  • Harmonix production optimization
Feeder types
  • Gripper arm
  • Optional friction feeders
Envelope sizes
  • Minimum: 3.5” x 6” (88.9 mm x 152.4 mm)
  • Maximum: 6.9” x 10.4” (175.3 mm x 264.2 mm)
  • Flap depth: 1” – 2.313” (25.4 mm – 58.4 mm)
  • Maximum collation thickness:
    • 0.38" (9.65 mm) Conveyor Delivery
    • 0.32" (8.13 mm) Turn Over
Insert sizes
  • Minimum: 3” x 5” (76.2 mm x 127.0 mm)
  • Maximum: 6” x 9.5” (152.4 mm x 241.3 mm)

Application versatility

The Forerunner inserter can run a range of applications from low-page to high-page sets. Up to 16 enclosure stations can hold a wide range of insert sizes with a variety of thicknesses. The Forerunner also can handle a wide range of envelopes. An array of post-processing choices reduces mailpiece handling time and increases productivity.

Taking advantage of postal rate promotions is easy with the Forerunner. Its versatility allows you to increase page distributions while ensuring high machine efficiencies are maintained.

Leading-edge integrity

The system monitors the location and the data associated with each piece of every set at all times. Laser and optical sensors monitor all mailpieces throughout the process to ensure every piece is in its place. To further increase integrity, Bell and Howell’s popular JETVision® reading system can be added in multiple places throughout the system. Read barcodes at the feeder, verify inserts in the hopper, and personalize each mailpiece.

Unbeatable flexibility

The Forerunner manages numerous application types with low to high page counts and produces more envelopes in a shorter time. This gives you added capacity to drive new business or reduce overall operational costs.

The Forerunner can attach to any of our more than 100 paper handling modules. Input devices include roll-feed and continuous-form cutters, 1-up and 2-up sheet feeders, accumulators, and heavy-duty cycle folders. Many of these are available with automated changeover to reduce time between jobs.

Navigator system controller

Navigator

The Forerunner also features the Bell and Howell Navigator system controller, which acts as a master command center for virtually any device. With Navigator, operators are free to engage in their operational duties while communicating with the system using the optional voice command. This allows them to focus on keeping the system running and lowering your cost per piece. Read More

Harmonix: The next revolution in inserting optimization

Maximizing the productivity of your inserting systems is always one of a mail processor’s biggest challenges. Production speeds can be gated by application type, material quality and operator efficiency. In many cases jobs are processed at reduced speeds to match the more difficult sets within a job.

Every new Forerunner inserter is equipped with our proprietary Harmonix solution. Harmonix dynamically optimizes the inserter cycle speed based on how the machine is performing, the set size distribution and material capacity. Put simply, the machine will adjust its production speed based on the uniqueness of the application, without operator influence.

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