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Kern introduces the Ai-33Direct Intelligent Inserter

Monday, April 18, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Grove City, Ohio – Kern, a global leader in high-speed, end-to-end production mail solutions, is pleased to introduce the Ai-33Direct, the next generation of mail inserting systems.  This system is capable of exceeding the fastest mailpiece finishing speeds available today, inserting at 33,000 mailpieces per hour.  The Ai-33Direct incorporates the most advanced electronic control system available, combining top performance controls with comprehensive safety features. The intelligence of the Ai-33Direct allows for the system to "learn as it goes," making alternate adjustments in timing to minimize inefficiencies and maximize throughput.  The speed, along with this intelligence, ensures the highest document integrity and delivers the lowest overall cost per piece in the industry.  The Ai-33Direct incorporates a modular design that allows for easy future expansion or system enhancements at minimal cost.

"Kern's culture of innovation was a driving factor in our pursuit of the most advanced inserting system ever brought to market," said Dr. Thomas Brock, President and CEO of Kern, Inc.  "We listened to our customers to better understand the features that would help them be more successful. Mailers today are concerned with the cost of labor, materials, and the need to maintain an overall low cost per piece.  We are extremely proud of the product that we have developed."

The Ai-33Direct was designed for mailers that have a high throughput without the need of a front-end cutting device.  The mail inserting system features Ethercat technology, which acts as a single communication system for controlling safety information and functions, as well as offers real-time response and flexible speed options.  The system utilitizes a centralized communication system, enabling effective and simultaneous communication with each module for the most efficient data transfer.

The Ai-33Direct utilizes specially designed features to assist operators dealing with the industry's fastest available speeds.  The Ai-33Direct features a 9' outer envelope hopper and a 15' output conveyor.  The insert hoppers each can hold 39" worth of material.  The system features operator displays conveniently located throughout the system and utilizes #10 or 6" x 9" envelopes.

Pricing and Availability The Ai-33Direct is available for purchase April 18 and is configured to customer's precise specifications, resulting in a variable base price.  Orders are being filled on a first come, first served basis.  The choice of software, number of divert bins, and number of insert feeders, along with other features, results in variable pricing.  To receive a quote based on specific production requirements, call 1-888-KERNINC or email info@kerninc.com.


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