MANHEIM, PA—According to Doug Shelley, owner of Phillips Graphic Finishing, faster makereadies and higher production speeds were some of the key criteria used when he selected two Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 models to replace two of his aging saddlestitchers.
"The value of these machines is huge in terms of speed and turnaround," notes Shelley. "Our makereadies have been cut in half, and our run speeds are already nearly double what they were before."
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."