CreaseStream (sister company to creasing specialists, Tech-ni-Fold) will use Drupa to launch their sub £1,000 manual Creaser, which they say is a "significant improvement" over the popular yet manual matrix Creasers that use a handle to apply a crease impression. In the words of owner Graham Harris, the difference is "Our version speeds up production over those old technology methods by up to six times."
The CreaseStream Card Creaser, unlike traditional desk top methods that rely on the user manually striking a crease into a motionless sheet one at a time, uses a rotary handle for operators to continuously drive sheets through turning shafts to produce up to two crease impressions simultaneously. The rotary handle compared to the pull down strike handle technique equates to a significant output speed increase that Harris feels will eliminate the obvious frustrations suffered by countless designers, copy shops and digital print firms world-wide who he says "rely too heavily on slow performing technology that does little more than cause bottle necks in production." He concludes, "Our beta version CreaseStream Card Creaser will be demonstrated on our stand using our very best Tri-Creaser technology and we feel is sure to turn heads. Price can be a huge barrier for those who can't justify buying automatic creasing machines and are forced to buy more affordable yet antiquated creasing methods that haven't changed in decades, we simply wanted to do something about it, and shake up the market."
CreaseStream are discounting their Card Creaser from £1,097 to £997 for the duration of the Drupa exhibition and hope that it can go on to fill this hugely vacant gap in the global creasing market.