BINDERY matters

New Contract Requires Fast Install Ideas

DES MOINES, IA—After landing a major piece of business that came with a demanding time table, full-service sheetfed shop The Printer Inc. needed to quickly expand its saddlestitcher capacity. The company had already placed an order for a new Best Osako Estar stitcher from distributor Best Graphics.

“The job had to be produced almost immediately,” says Randy Walter, COO. “We needed the added capability to produce the job efficiently
in-house, and we couldn’t afford to wait weeks for our new stitcher to arrive.”

Best Graphics provided a solution by offering Walter a step-up Tener model that had arrived in California that same day.

“We talked on Wednesday, and Best Graphics had the stitcher in our plant the following Monday,” Walter recalls. “Their people were working here all weekend and had the stitcher set up and running—and my operators trained—by Wednesday.”

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West America Graphics, a 70-employee sheetfed printer in Foothill Ranch, CA, has installed a Muller Martini Bravo-T saddlestitcher.

Elk Grove Graphics, of Elk Grove, IL, is now running a Rollem 30˝ double head ETR scoring and perfing system equipped with a DM Econo feeder.

Database marketing agency Merkle Inc. has entered into an agreement with Direct Group in Trenton, NJ, to provide a range of mail production services including direct mail printing, personalization, and assembly to existing and future Merkle clients.

Richmond, VA-based Worth Higgins & Associates has installed equipment from Technifold USA, including Tri-Creasing units, a Spine Creaser, a micro perforating unit, two Multi-Tool units and an Easy-Fit Tri-Creaser.

Dekker Bookbinding in Grand Rapids, MI, reports it has purchased a second Kolbus DA-270 casemaker with large-format capabilities, plus a new Kolbus PK 170 board cutter for its casemaking department. An Aster 2000 sewing machine has also been added to the sewing department.

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