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BINDERY matters

September 2011

University Printer Adds New Folder

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Graphic Arts Services department at The University of Tennessee here has acquired a fully automated two-station Stahlfolder USA B20 with gatefold attachment. Replacing an aging, semi-automated model, the new Stahlfolder adds touchscreen setup, programmability, and the ability to store and recall folding programs used in the production of a wide variety of brochures, newsletters, and small-signature booklets and forms.

According to Jack Williams, Graphic Arts and Mail Services acting director, the labor-saving, automated features of the new folder have made the shop more productive and efficient, as well as limited its need to outsource or rely on hand-finishing and work-arounds for gatefolded products. Williams also notes that the operators especially like the automated fold plate setup.

BIA Names Contest Award Recipients

PITTSBURGH—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) has named its 2011 Product of Excellence (POE) award winners. Considered to be the "pinnacle of success" in the binding industry, the annual award recognizes outstanding examples of craftsmanship from graphic finishers, trade binderies and custom loose leaf manufacturers from around the world.

To win the Product of Excellence award, an entry must be technically flawless, according to the judges.

Quick Cuts

The Drawing Board, of Waynesboro, PA, has purchased a 24˝ Rollem Jetstream for business card slitting.

Exton, PA-based Brilliant Graphics has installed a Heidelberg KAMA ProCut 74 automatic diecutting system with hot foil module for handling half-size diecutting work in-house.

A new Website (www.spielassociates.com) has been launched by Spiel Associates. It features dozens of videos, case studies, testimonials and white papers about Spiel's bindery and finishing equipment.

The Binding Industries Association (BIA) has elected Chris Eckhart, president of Eckhart & Co. in Indianapolis, to the position of chairman. Eckhart follows in the footsteps of his brother Brent Eckhart and their father Bill Eckhart, who both served as chairmen of the BIA.

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