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Bradford & Bigelow’s Xeikon 8000 Press Expands Its Book Printing Capabilities

January 17, 2011
ITASCA, IL—Jan. 17, 2011—Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced that Bradford & Bigelow, a Newburyport, MA-based provider of supply chain solutions to the publishing industry, has seen improvements in the productivity and efficiency of its short-run book printing operations with the use of its Xeikon 8000 digital press.

Bradford & Bigelow specializes in producing books for the K-12 and college textbook market. The company has transformed its business model from a conventional book printer to a complete supply chain provider over the last several years. Its supply chain service platform includes a Digital Book Factory, full prepress capabilities, a highly automated bindery, custom publishing, warehousing and fulfillment for clients.

Peter Doyle, vice president of manufacturing at Bradford & Bigelow, said the Xeikon 8000 has provided a unique competitive advantages due to its web width of 20.2˝ and no restrictions on the length of the printed image, high print speeds, 1,200 dpi imaging quality and CPSIA-compliant toners. As a result, Bradford & Bigelow is meeting and exceeding its client expectations in terms of reducing their outdated and unsold book inventory, and still fulfilling back orders quickly.

“The trend in this industry is that publishers want to print in smaller, safer quantities,” Doyle said. “The inventory level of books is kept much lower than past years, therefore re-orders are more frequent. Traditional offset presses cannot produce the low quantities cost effectively or produce the books in the turnaround time required by the publisher. The Xeikon 8000 offers us more efficiency in our print and bind platform for these lower quantity re-orders.”

Michael V. Ring, president of Xeikon North America, said digital book printing is becoming a more attractive option for printers who want to offer their customers quick turnaround times and less obsolete inventory. “The publishing world is changing dramatically, and by investing in the Xeikon 8000, Bradford & Bigelow is able to offer shorter lead times and more cost-effective book printing solutions to its customers,” Ring said. “We're excited to be working with such an innovative player in the book publishing space.”

The Xeikon 8000 has been designed with speed and productivity in mind. Web-fed, it prints full color multi- page documents with exceptional uptimes, enabling duty cycles of up to 10 million pages per month. “As our technology can easily handle monthly duty cycles between 5 million and 10 million pages, we enjoy a distinctive product positioning in the market. We are the only available solution for monthly production volumes in this range,” Ring added.
 

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