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JUST-IN-TIME FINISHING--Finishing Touches

February 2001
BY SCOTT POLK


Eighty percent of printing jobs need finishing work, according to Duplo USA Vice President of Marketing Peter Tu. With customers demanding quick turnarounds and quality work, the bindery plays an important role in the overall printing process. This is especially true as commercial printing continues its digital revolution.

"Print-on-demand has become increasingly popular among printers today," Tu notes. "It offers many benefits such as waste elimination, versatility and cost savings. It's no secret that the widespread availability of on-demand technology has expanded the capabilities of printing operations. Printers are always looking for ways to keep up with technology while maintaining reasonable costs. They are now printing shorter runs and keeping pace with an increasing number of jobs."

There are a variety of finishing solutions available. For example, as a response to needs of the print-on-demand market, Duplo offers a range of in-line and off-line automated finishing solutions. Such items include an assortment of collators, bookletmakers, slitters and scorers.

Duplo's collating and bookletmaking System 4000 is said to be ideal for all printing environments. It is a vacuum-fed system that offers printing operations a complete finishing solution designed to maximize productivity. Comprising a heavy-duty collator, dynamic bookletmaker, face trimmer and precision stacker, the System 4000 is capable of producing up to 4,200 booklets or 10,000 collated sets per hour and features a state-of-the-art feeding system.

Extending Functionality
Compatible with various electronic printing systems, DBM in-line bookletmakers extend a printer's functionality in a production environment by allowing booklets to be produced directly from the printer's output. An exclusive feature of the DBM series is the DB-10C buffer/interposer. The interposer allows intelligent feeding from two different bins for cover or color insertion into the printing stream without slowing down the printing productivity. The DBM system offers the ability to create up to 3,600 sets per hour.

Like many aspects of the printing industry—and any business for that matter—keeping an eye on finances is paramount. Edwards Brothers, located in Ann Arbor, MI, has been in the book printing business since 1893 and made the digital conversion in 1997. Lee Mohr, digital book center manager, reports that the switch made the company reassess how it does business.

"You've got to run a real tight ship because it's very costly to do," Mohr admits. "It's hard to make money at it because the prices of digital impressions are so high—with all the click charges and metering charges from the print engine suppliers. The technology costs are a lot to overcome."

 

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