BINDERY matters

Each new machine inserts as many as five items into envelopes as large as 6×12˝ at speeds up to 15,000 per hour. The new inserters also have flexible, easily configured, top-feeder-friction and rotary feeders to give customers more flexibility in what and how they insert. All feeders are also equipped with both electronic and mechanical detectors to catch improper double feeds before they get to the transport.

The company predicts that the new inserters will help Direct Group break its own annual production record of 1.3 billion pieces produced and mailed in 2004.

At its three main production facilities located throughout New Jersey, Direct Group prints, personalizes, assembles, affixes cards, inserts, commingles and mails on average more than five million pieces of mail every day. The company can produce more than nine million pieces daily.

To keep pace with the needs of its customers, Direct Group has more than doubled the size of its largest direct mail production facility, located in Swedesboro, NJ, from 167,000 square feet to 417,000 square feet, doubling the number of printing presses and restructuring the layout to speed workflow from concept through mail.

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Nationwide Laminating, Lorton, VA, has added Wire-O binding capabilities to its finishing lineup. The move allows the postpress provider to increase mechanical binding services for the second time this year after purchasing a Kugler automatic punching machine.

Printograph Inc. of Burbank, CA, recently updated its equipment with a Polar 115 cutter. Printograph is a family owned and operated trade printer that houses 30 employees.

In Baltimore, commercial printer JW Boarman has installed a Muller Martini Bravo-T saddlestitcher. The company now has the ability to handle projects in larger size formats. The company had relied on a Minuteman stitcher for the past 18 years.

Aurora, IL-based Custom Graphics Finishing has installed a Brandtjen & Kluge OmniFold automatic folder/gluer. The company selected the following options to accommodate the production of pocket folders: 4×33˝ top belt drives, four-head hot melt glue system with additional control module and flip gate.

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