Digital Finishing : Find Your (In, Off, Near) Line

Kansas City, MO-based Mail Print employs off-line bindery solutions from Standard Finishing because the systems’ capacity is higher than the output capabilities of its HP digital presses.

Bird’s eye view of Bookmasters’ in-line and near-line postpress workflow capabilities, including a scalable Muller Martini SigmaLine finishing solution.

Erik Cagle, Senior Editor

About a year ago, Bookmasters installed the scalable Muller Martini SigmaLine, which can produce 1,000 fully variable length, width and thickness books per hour. Bookmasters prefers to go the in-line route due to schedule and labor savings, but also relishes the flexibility provided by near-line finishing gear.

“We have other Muller Martini equipment; several years ago, we installed the Diamant casing-in line for our offset division,” Sevin explains. “We were very impressed with that installation.”

Bookmasters prides itself on true print-on-demand capabilities and the ability to effectively and efficiently produce one-off titles. With the SigmaLine, Sevin says the machine brought both variable trim and barcode reader capabilities to the table.

“The primary enhancement for us is the fact we were not using it as just a stand-alone binder. We were using it in-line with our printer,” Sevin notes. “We can produce product from blank roll paper all the way through to bound book, as well as using it as a stand-alone, near-line binder for other products.”

Bringing Order to Chaos

Sometimes, binding equipment can help bring order and efficiency to scenarios that have the potential to be chaotic. Prestone Printing, based in Long Island City, NY, found a unifying influence with its purchase of a Duplo DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser and a Duplo DSF-3500 full-bleed bookletmaker.

Prestone Printing is an offset, digital and large-format boutique commercial shop that generates $23 million in annual revenues. It digitally produces business cards, brochures, folders, business reply cards, tickets and direct mail pieces, with saddlestitching and perfect binding capabilities. Near-line finishing is the configuration of choice for the Long Island printer.

“Until recently, we would print 200 digital jobs a day and go to the cutters, folders, stitchers,” explains Ira Wechsler, vice president of operations for Prestone Printing. “But we found that we were running short on most jobs.

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