Swiftly Downstream – Conveying Solution Streamlines Throughput

Harlequin, the world’s largest publisher of romance novels, recently eliminated finishing bottlenecks with integrated, inline digital print and binding equipment. Its distribution center in Depew, NY, employs advanced conveying technology to minimize product damage and downtime, reaching a throughput rate of more than 1,000 paperback books per hour.

Harlequin produces 130 million books annually in North America alone. These travel through a 400,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Depew, NY. Another 120 million books annually are distributed internationally. The company manages over 2,000 title configurations each year for the North American market in paperback format, trade size and hardcover. Its selling channels include

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