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September 2007

Vatican Opts for Perfection Folder

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican printing house has ordered a folding machine from MBO. The K 800 Perfection combination folder comes with Navigator control including Vacuknife.

It will be installed at the historically significant location of the so-called “Tipografia Vaticana,” the roots of which go back as far as the year 1587. The Tipografia Vaticana’s collection and selection of fonts is considered unique worldwide. Today, the printing house primarily deals with printing papal files, official and holy documents, and liturgical books—often in large print runs.

“The challenge for the folding machine in this case is not only the high throughput, but also the use of very different types of paper—ranging from thin printed paper to very heavy types,” explains Manfred Minich, MBO Germany managing director.

Two Companies Install Stitchers

ELKHART, IN—On the heels of installing a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 press in 2006, Lithotone, based here, has opted to acquire a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher.

With the ST 450, Lithotone expects productivity to increase at least 30 percent. With 52 employees, Lithotone serves local, regional and national clients in the high-end wood products and fabrics industries.

Meanwhile, Caskey Printing of York, PA, has enjoyed an 80 percent increase in productivity following the installation of its Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 350 stitcher.

Plant Operations Manager Jim Chioda reports his bindery operators can produce booklets at twice the previous speed, since hand work is no longer required due to automated offerings on the stitcher. The company produces more than 6,000 booklets an hour, a drastic increase from its previous output of 1,500 per hour.

Quick Cuts

Rasch Graphic- Services, based in Houston, has obtain-ed a new Kolbus ZU-804 PUR/perfect binder with a rated speed of 8,000 books per hour. It is expected to be operational in October.

Master Mailers in Las Vegas installed a 24˝ Rollem Doublehead Rollaway right angle unit.

The Printing House, located in Quincy, FL, acquired its first major Heidelberg cutting system, a Polar 137 XT with Autotrim. The system includes a jogger, lift, Transomat loader, conveyor and scale.

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