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BINDERY matters

January 2007
Americans Tour German Facilities

Ludwigsburg, GERMANY—Customers from the U.S. recently visited the Postpress Inforum and various manufacturing sites of Heidelberg Postpress, as well as the Polar Mohr manufacturing location.

The trip started at the Polar facility in Hofheim, where a demonstration of the PACE (Polar Automated Cutting Efficiency) system and Polar’s newly finished Logistics and Parts Center were the focal points.

The group then proceeded to Ludwigsburg, the main manufacturing site for folders and mailer equipment. Stahlfolder demonstrated various extended folder applications, such as mailing and in-line punching/diecutting. A whole section of the Inforum was dedicated to automation in the bindery. A changeover demonstration on a TH 82/4/4/4 folder configuration took only a few minutes between pile changes and adjustments.

Another highlight at the Inforum was the new Eurobind 4000 perfect binder, a flexible, automated binder suitable to run with PUR and standard hotmelt glues.

A visit to the Heidelberg Finishing Moenchengladbach manufacturing facility and Inforum provided a closer look at all folder/gluer and diecutters Heidelberg Finishing has to offer. Demos on all equipment highlighted the various applications and options available. A sightseeing tour of Cologne rounded out the trip.



New Saddlestitcher Praised by Printer

Davenport, IA—Fidlar Printing has installed a Muller Martini Presto saddlestitcher and the company reports the machine has helped enhance business in several ways.

“The Presto reduced setup time, doubled our stitching throughput, increased capacity and added new capability. It also eliminated the off-line folding of covers,” says Bob Barstow, plant manager. “We can now take on more work, provide faster turns and higher quality.”

The new Presto saddlestitcher at Fidlar Printing replaced a 20-year-old Muller Minute Man unit. “Our customers rely on Fidlar to produce their product right and on time,” adds Barstow. “We chose the Presto based on company reputation, reliability of our previous Muller stitcher and service support.”



Trimmers Purchased For Digital Book Output

La Vergne, TN—Lightning Source, a digital on-demand book production provider, has placed an order with Colter & Peterson for five Horauf three-knife trimmers. The five trimmers will be installed during the first half of 2007.

Two of the trimmers will be installed at the main Lightning Source facility in Tennessee, with the other three installed at other Lightning Source locations in the United States and England. This order comes on the heels of four Horauf three-knife trimmers Lightning Source purchased from Colter & Peterson in the past three years.
 

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