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BINDERY matters

June 2009

New Capabilities ?Up Competitiveness

BALTIMORE—Pack Appeal, a division of Bindagraphics, has acquired a high-speed Emmeci slipcase manufacturing production line to be more competitive in high-volume and quick-turnaround slipcase design and production. Slipcases are often companion pieces for a wide variety of book, magazine and looseleaf binder projects.

The Emmeci installation also gives Pack Appeal the ability to manufacture "Godiva style" rigid setup boxes, as well as to produce game board boxes, totes and multimedia boxes.

"We believe high-speed slipcase and rigid setup box capabilities are an excellent complement to Pack Appeal's existing line of binders and tabs," notes Matt Anson, president. "And the new product line can be decorated with any number of finishing effects—foil stamping, debossing, windowing, spot UV coating—to create high-end packaging that cuts through the clutter in the marketplace."

Diecutter Doubles Production Speeds

CHARLOTTE, NC—Commercial printer Classic Graphics recently expanded its finishing capabilities by adding a Bobst Commercial 106 Autoplaten diecutter. The unit has a built-in stripping station. A maximum sheet size of 41-3⁄4 x 29-1⁄8? has eliminated Classic's need to guillotine sheets down before diecutting. The new Bobst machine replaces three older cylinder presses.

"We can diecut a much larger range of materials than we could with our old cylinder presses," says Bill Gardner, president. "Our production speeds have more than doubled and we've enhanced the quality of our diecutting."

Printer Adds Its Second Co-Mailer

MECHANICSBURG, PA—Fry Communications has added an additional co-mailer. Installation began in the first quarter.

"This additional co-mailing horsepower is a great benefit to our customers who have readily embraced it in view of rising postal rates and continued discounts offered to efficient mailers," says Steve Grande, vice president of sales.

Fry's co-mail facility also recently announced its ability to co-mail polywrapped products.

quick cuts

Variable trim binding, a technology that allows for the stitching of multiple titles with varying face trims in one co-manufacturing pool, is now available at Brown Printing's Woodstock, IL, facility.

Cincinnati-based Seemless Design & Printing purchased a new Polar 78 XS cutter from Heidelberg.

Roswell Bookbinding, Phoenix, acquired a Thomson ValueLine stamping and embossing press, complementing eight other stamping presses currently ?in operation. PI



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