Friday 13 April 2012

How we add value to our services

Nick Ryder and Paul Hollingworth

Hollingworth & Moss, the Leeds-based traditional bookbinding company, is forging its way into the 21st century with a £250,000 investment in new services and technologies with help from us.

Family-owned Hollingworth & Moss has been based in Leeds since 1966 and continues to use traditional bookbinding skills and craftsmanship, hand-making a wide range of books for customers including universities, local authorities, companies and individuals.

At the heart of company is the world’s fastest automated book scanner. Capable of capturing a massive 3,000 pages per hour, the book rests gently in the ‘SmartCradle’ dynamic book handler, which keeps the book open at exactly 110 degrees thus providing low-stress support for rare and fragile books. This means there is no need for de-binding thereby preserving the integrity of the original documents.

The new state-of-the-art technology at Hollingworth & Moss required a high quality infrastructure to support the amount of data which the company handles across its divisions, and that's where CCS came in, to create a bespoke IT solution for the company which saw all their data being moved from four servers on to one, which was specially configured for their needs. The result is a server which works faster, has more storage capability, and can handle a huge amount of data 24/7.

Nick Ryder, our technical sales manager, said: “The servers Hollingworth & Moss had previously were too slow to cope with the amount of data they now needed for their new services. They had basically outgrown the installation and something needed to be done if they were to be able to offer a fast, efficient service.

 “We looked at their processors and identified a number of weak links. We have replaced hardware and configured it in such a way that creates a system which works faster, is automatically backed up and therefore safer in case of power failure, and enables multiple operations to take place at the same time.

 “It has been a very rewarding project and in some ways has been a challenge – bringing together a great amount of technology for different applications – to allow Hollingworth and Moss to embrace new technologies and create new strands to their business.”

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