GRELIND PRINTING CENTER -- Technology Matters
Because Grelind has such a diverse product offering, the machinery that the company purchases must be very flexible and efficient. Which is why Peterson believes that upgrading equipment has been such a huge key to her company's success over the past 20 years.
"With the direction that the printing industry is going, I believe that the more efficient we become with new equipment the better we will be able to capture more market share," she claims.
A recent purchase that has greatly improved the company's efficiency is a modular Duplo System 2000 suction-feed collator and in-line bookletmaker.
"We had been looking at binding systems for a number of years. There was only one problem: most of them were too large for our space," according to Peterson. Grelind has about 6,000 square feet available to them.
"The System 2000 fit our space and needs, and it lowered the cost of binding for our customers," she states.
Before purchasing the machine, Grelind used a very antiquated system in the bindery, which was very labor- and time-intensive. Jobs were folded on a Heidelberg Stahl folder, hand collated, stitched on what Peterson terms an "old-fashioned" stitcher and then trimmed. "It took too long and was an expensive process. But Duplo came up with the best system for our needs," reveals Peterson.
Two recent jobs have proved to Peterson the versatility and the flexibility that the System 2000 brings to her shop. Grelind ran a two-book project on cardiac services recently for a local hospital. One book was a run of 750 books with 218 pages and 11 tabs. The other book was a run of 250 books with 140 pages and eight tabs. The project, which incorporated every aspect of the shop, had to be completed in less than seven days.
"We really hustled on the project, but we wouldn't have been able to complete it in time without the Duplo 2000," she remarks.