BINDERY matters

Curtis Picks Up Landmark Diecutter

SANDY HOOK, CT—Curtis Packaging has installed the first Heidelberg Dymatrix 142 CSB diecutter in the Western Hemisphere. It replaces a 30-year-old machine.

The massive, 60-ton diecutter was shipped from Heidelberg Postpress production in Manchengladbach, Germany. From there, the machine was dismantled, then shipped via freighter to the United States. Upon its arrival in New York Harbor, the Dymatrix 142 was sent to Curtis Packaging, becoming the first piece of Heidelberg equipment the company has ever owned.

Now in full production mode at Curtis, the Dymatrix 142 CSB (cutting, stripping and blanking model) with automatic pallet feeder has met or exceeded all expectations, according to John Giusto, Curtis Packaging’s senior vice president of manufacturing. He notes that the Dymatrix runs quietly and vibration-free, even at speeds up to 7,000 sph.

Curtis operates the new diecutter across two 10-hour shifts with one operator and one helper for each shift.

Bindery Manager Honored

LIVINGSTON, MT—The Research and Engineering Council of the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) named Krystal Cipriani of (PFL) its “Bindery, Finishing and Distribution Operations Manager of the Year” award winner.

Chosen from entries nationwide for her excellence in postpress production management, Cipriani was honored at the inaugural R&E Council of NAPL Applied Technology Conference held last June in Atlanta.

“Krystal’s strong record of performance as a bindery manager at makes her well-deserving of this honor,” notes Robert G. Whitton, R&E Council of NAPL managing director.

A native of Hereford, TX, Cipriani has a bachelor’s degree in design communications from Texas Tech University. She joined PFL in 2001.

Bindagraphics Obtains Art Laminating

BALTIMORE—Bindagraphics Inc., which specializes in postpress services, recently purchased Art Laminating & Finishing, a finishing company located in Atlanta. The new company will remain in Atlanta, operate as Art Laminating & Finishing LLC and will retain its Website address,

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