Bindery Matters

Operator Larry Brown stands with the new folding machine.

Automated Folder Reduces Overtime and Increases Throughput of Short-Run Jobs

MONTGOMERY, AL—Walker 360, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company, has purchased a highly automated Stahlfolder TH 56-4/4 pile-fed folder to take advantage of faster makereadies on shorter runs (<500). The configuration features a preslitter shaft, rear-mounted slitter shafts in the first station and SAK stream delivery.

“At the end of the day, it’s about incrementally decreasing labor through automation,” says Taylor Blackwell, company president. “Since the new folder became operational, we’ve reduced overtime and significantly increased our throughput on both commercially folded and signature work.”

Quick Cuts

  • Quo Vadis Editions, Hamburg, NY, has added a Smyth F180 to join its Smyth F130 book sewing machine to produce planners and notebooks.
  • Harwood Heights, IL-based FCL Graphics has invested in two Saber X15 paper cutters, a new automatic jogger and a complete lift system from Colter & Peterson.
  • To expand its in-house services to include package converting, Ross Printing in Spokane, WA, has purchased a Kluge ComFold folding and gluing system.
  • A Bobst Expercut 106 LER blanker has been installed at Platinum Converting‘s Itasca, IL, facility.

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