BINDERY matters

Horizon Celebrates Factory Opening

BIWAKO, SIGA, JAPAN—Standard Finishing Systems joined Horizon International for the ceremonial grand opening of Horizon’s newly expanded post-press equipment factory here. This state-of-the-art facility is now 25 percent larger and has been further modernized with more than US$20 million in new machine tool, injection molding, parts logistics and assembly technology that will permit faster and more flexible production. Manufacturing capacity is expected to increase by nearly 30 percent when the Biwako factory reaches full-scale operation.

Stitching Addition Expands Range

DENVILLE, NJ—RedmondBCMS provides a diverse range of services—from business communications and marketing support, to printing, mailing and distribution. Now, RedmondBCMS is also poised to expand its profit potential and its customer base, after installing a Presto saddlestitcher from Muller Martini equipped with an in-line three-knife trimmer and Apollo compensating stacker.

Binder Solves Digital Finishing Needs

NEW YORK CITY—RR Donnelley (RRD) Financial Services, based here, and The Jerome Group in St. Louis can both lay claim to unique digital printing and finishing installations.

Both involved the IBIS Smart-binder. At RRD’s location in the lower Manhattan financial district, an IBIS Smart-binder SB-4 was coupled to a
Delphax CR 2000 electron beam digital web press running at speeds of up to 450 fpm.

Particularly challenging for this application is the use of 27-lb. offset stock as opposed to the normal 40-lb. offset. The Smart-binder individually folds each four- or eight-page sheet for maximum quality, then either stitches or cold-glues the sheets together and trims the booklet on three sides. In this way, the Smart-binder can produce up to 6,000 booklets per hour.

RRD’s SB-4 can also create cold-glue signatures that are transferred automatically to a perfect binder in order to produce booklets up to 2˝ thick.

Jerome Group installed a Smart-binder SB-2 last November. Jerome’s production involves personalizing booklet covers; offset-printed booklet covers are personalized on Jerome’s Xerox Nuvera high-speed imagers. Booklet text is produced on Océ 7000 series continuous web printers. Booklet text and covers are matched using laser barcode scanners on the Smart-binder.

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