BINDERY matters

K/P employees standing with the Muller Martini BravoPlus T, from the left, include Dave Bates, vice president of operations, central region; Dave Iverson, bindery team lead; Judy Ferrin, lead operator; Jeremy Edwards, lead operator; Pat Smith, operator; and Ana Rosas, operator.

Shown with Packaging Graphics' new Bobst folder-gluer are, from the left, Alejandro Luna, operator; Brad Lopez, finishing manager; and Bobst's Harold Leete.

The printer employs a staff of 19 and is using its new folder to produce tri-fold brochures, bi-folds and letter folds up to 11×17˝ on 100-lb. gloss stock, in runs of up to 5,000 pieces.

“It’s fast, flexible and a lot more accurate,” says Production Manager Paul Pillen, citing the folder’s micro-adjustable combination buckle plates. “The ease of use is just outstanding,” he adds, “so much so that an operator with no experience with automated equipment could walk right up to it and get comfortable with no problem whatsoever.”

GR Print is operating the folder for one shift per day, although it expects to add a second shift by the beginning of February to accommodate increasing volume. The company also operates a four-color Speedmaster CD 102 press and a Polar 115 X guillotine cutter.

Quick Cuts

Goodcopy Printing and Digital Graphics, New Haven, CT, has added a Standard Horizon AFC-566FKT automated floor-model paper folder to its bindery. The folder’s intelligent, icon-based, color touchscreen provides quick makereadies and instant recall of regular jobs.

• The Binding Industries Association (BIA) has announced a strategic partnership with Kolbus America. Kolbus will serve as the premier sponsor of the 2010 BIA Mid Management Conference to be held May 17-19 in Baltimore.

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Standing to the left of GR Print’s new folder are Rafael Esparza, folder operator; Jose Renteria, feeder/second pressman; Sam Rodriguez, lead pressman; along with Paul Pillen, production manager (kneeling) and the GR Print cutter/bindery/packing crew (standing to the rear and right of the machine).

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