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Bell and Howell Ascender 16 Review

Bell and Howell are a globally renowned company who offer solutions and up to date technologies for communications and printing.

Ascender16

In October 2012 they introduced the Ascender 16 inserting system, a mailing system which enables users to manage mailing runs of all lengths, at speed, and with 100% accuracy.

What are the Ascender 16's Capabilities?

The Ascender 16 can reliably process letters and flats, completing up to 16,000 insertions per hour.

This model connects to any Bell and Howell input or output module and gives flexibility for expansion should your business grow.

Using the Harmonix solution, the inserter cycle speed will be optimized without an operator being required to change settings manually.

The Ascender 16 is compatible within all ADF software environments, uses optional JETVision technology (a camera based technology which is used alongside Bell and Howell's IQ Software Suite) and has the capability to control third party peripherals.

It has an in-line envelope feeder which is easily accessible and which increases efficiency by avoiding jams.

Using a rotary and friction speed feeder option, the Ascender 16 can process a wide range of document sizes and also hosts a unique document collator.

Envelopes are diverted at the same speed as the machine, thus avoiding stoppages and increasing productivity.

Specifications

The maximum cycle speed is determined by the medium you are using. These are as follows:

  • For #9 and #10 you can expect up to 16,000 insertions per hour.
  • For 6" x 9" and 6" x 9.5", 14,000 insertions can be produced.
  • For #14 brokerage insertions - up to 12,000 per hour.
  • For Flats - 9,000 per hour can be expected.

The Ascender 16 has a flexible rotary and friction feeder which can take a minimum envelope size of 4.125" x 8.25" and a maximum size of 10.0" x 13.9". Maximum collation thickness is 0.5".

The Ascender 16 is now only available as a recommissioned model. If you would like a brand new machine, check out the Producer 16