Quad Bindery Crew Cranks Out Jobs
LOMIRA, WI—In today's competitive, "must have it yesterday" stitched catalog market, speed and overall output capabilities are the keys to success.
At the Quad/Graphics facility here, the production crew is setting the pace for stitching speed and output utilizing a Tempo saddlestitcher from Muller Martini. The Quad Tempo is capable of running at 20,000 cycles per hour and the crew was recently recognized with an "Excellence in Finishing" award as the highest producing saddlestitching team among Quad's arsenal of more than 100 machines.
Quad/Graphics' LHT-132 team relies on its 36-pocket Tempo saddlestitcher for production output that enables Quad to meet the needs of its customers. The operators on the team include: Tony Killinger, Brian Odekirk, Andy Strobel and Russ Yohn, complemented by their supporting crews.
The skilled team running LHT-132 produced more than 89 million catalogs in 2004, and are on pace to break that mark this year. With 36 selectively fired feeders on their Muller Martini Tempo stitcher, the crew is often running four, five or up to 10 different versions of a catalog simultaneously.
Demo Site Comes to the West Coast
ROSELAND, NJ—Bobst Group USA, based here, has opened a West Coast machinery demonstration site. Located at the Advanced Die Supplies facility in Santa Fe Springs, CA, the site houses a fully operational Bobst Fuego 110-A2 CS folder-gluer and a Bobst SPeria 106-E Autoplaten diecutter. The facility opened for customer demonstrations in August, and an open house was scheduled for late September.
"Customers like to get an up close and hands-on feel for the machinery when they are considering a purchase," says Chris Raney, vice president, folding cartons for Bobst Group USA. "Competition between converters or printers often complicates finding a place to take a customer to experience this equipment. So we feel that having demo facilities makes it more convenient for the customers. They don't have to travel as far to see the equipment and we can take them whenever it works for their schedule."