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September 2009
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Speed and Flexibility Result From Six-Pocket Saddlestitcher

JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Modern Litho-Print has added a six-pocket Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 with two cover feeders. Its makeready and running speed, flexibility and configurability allow the company to better handle multiple daily setups and changeovers that typify its short-run business model. The Stitchmaster joins other Heidelberg gear at the plant, including a Stahl buckle-plate folder and a Polar 137 XT cutter with jogger and Transomat stacker.

Printer Keeps Up with Production Demands

FORT WORTH, TX—The ability to handle a wide range of sizes is one reason Motivating Graphics decided to install a second Muller Martini BravoPlus T saddlestitcher. Its third saddlestitcher overall, the BravoPlus T offers simplicity and speed, according to Kevin Hinbaugh, bindery manager. He adds that the unit's touchscreen operation makes it easy and convenient. "And it's fast," he says. "It can produce products at up to 11,000 cph." The BravoPlusT is also JDF-capable, and can be integrated into the digital workflow.

BIA Announces Award Recipients

PITTSBURGH—The Binding Industries Association (BIA), a special interest group of Printing Industries of America, has announced its 2009 Product of Excellence (POE) Awards winners. The POE awards competition is designed for graphic finishers and custom loose-leaf manufacturers to demonstrate the value they provide to the graphic arts community.

This year's winners include American Thermoplastic, Bindagraphics Inc., Bridge Publications, C&C Offset Printing, Holum and Sons Co., Napco Inc., Pacific Bindery Services, Roswell Bookbinding, Unibind, Univenture Inc. and Vulcan Information Packaging.

Pacesetter Club Sets Pace in Print Finishing

DURHAM, NH—With more than 1,200 individual crews qualifying during the past 12 years, the Pacesetter Club continues to highlight the competitive advantage of Goss print finishing technology in the hands of skilled operators.

Crews from more than 45 printing facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America have now qualified for the Pacesetter Club by achieving near-maximum net output with Goss Pacesetter saddlestitchers and Universalbinder adhesive binding systems during an eight- to 12-hour shift. An individual crew can only be recognized once per year.

"We developed the Club to recognize and provide an incentive for high net productivity," explains Toby Clarke, vice president of print finishing for Goss International. "As the capacity of our Pacesetter and Universalbinder systems has climbed steadily to as high as 25,000 books per hour, the qualifying standards have also increased, and crews have kept pace by netting close to 100 percent of that maximum capacity."



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