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August 2007
Stitchers Star at Muller Martini Open House

HAUPPAUGE, NY—Nearly three dozen print production businesses, including printing and binding companies of different sizes, recently attended a saddlestitching open house hosted by Muller Martini. The event, entitled “First to the Finish: Leading-Edge Saddlestitching Solutions for Maximum Automation,” was held here at Muller’s Long Island headquarters.

Open house attendees viewed live demonstrations of three finishing machines geared toward the middle-performance segment. Demonstrated were a BravoPlus saddlestitcher with AMRYS (Automatic Make-Ready System), a BravoPlus T stitcher with partial AMRYS and a Presto stitcher. During the event, Muller Martini sold a BravoPlus T machine.

Visitors not only saw three of Muller Martini’s most popular saddlestitching machines up and running, they also received insight about ways to increase efficiencies and profit potential with automated finishing technology.

The BravoPlus saddlestitcher with AMRYS provides computer-aided makeready and changeover for fast setups. AMRYS technology can reduce makeready times by up to 50 percent. Capable of speeds to 13,000 cph, the BravoPlus also features a newly enhanced feeder technology.

The 11,000 cph BravoPlus T stitcher is available with partial AMRYS. It features PLC-assisted controls and touchscreen operation with simple adjustment of clinchers. BravoPlus T can be expanded to feed up to 14 signatures or 12 signatures with a cover folder feeder.

The Presto stitcher features menu-guided PLC controls and touchscreen operation. It handles different size books encompassing standard products ranging in size from 12x143⁄8˝ to 41⁄8x41⁄8˝ (31⁄8x31⁄8˝ with accessories). Furthermore, Presto operates in 1:1 or 1:2 modes, providing the capability to run difficult signatures or to maintain high speeds when loading bulky projects. The 9,000 cph Presto offers expansion up to a maximum of six twin feeders (12 feeders).

Also present at the event was MBO America showcasing its B30-S folder featuring six plates and continuous feeder, as well as Navigator touchscreen control, Rapidset automated fold plates and preslitter shaft. A Palamides delta703 with chip board feeder was also shown.

Cadmus Cenveo Plant Is Very Selective

EASTON, PA—Cadmus Cenveo produces more than 300 wire-stitched monthly magazines at its plant here, most of which are personalized. A new PrimaPlus SB AMRYS (Automatic Make-Ready System) line from Muller Martini, with no fewer than 24 feeders, provides selective binding of the products.

Precision Graphics Stays on Cutting Edge

MOHNTON, PA—Precision Graphics, a high-end commercial printer based here, recently added a new Polar 137 XY programmable cutter to its full-service bindery.

Newspaper Opts for Goss Insert Control Technology

LAS VEGAS—The Las Vegas Review-Journal has chosen control technology from Goss International to update and integrate its packaging operation, which processes an average of 12 million preprinted inserts per week.

The paper is adding Goss Omnizone supervisory controls and equipping four existing Goss NP630 inserters with latest-generation Goss Omnicon controls and downstream control technology. The PC-based Omnicon inserter controls are designed to support advanced micro-zoning and selective inserting capabilities.

Omnizone supervisory controls include modules to manage advertising orders, production planning, inventory and automatic downloading of production data to the inserting and packaging components.

Donnelley Vegas Bolsters Cutting Output by 50 Percent

LAS VEGAS—RR Donnelley’s commercial printing facility here recently upgraded its cutting department with the addition of a Polar 137 XT programmable cutter equipped with RA-4 jogger, Quartzell scale and Dorner waste delivery system. The new cutter replaces an older machine and was installed to expedite cutting jobs and boost the company’s bindery output.

According to Plant Manager Robert Stanke, the new Polar has improved cutting productivity by 50 percent or more. Stanke also feels the telephone support provided by Heidelberg has been “a huge help.”

Quick Cuts

Plastikoil of PA, based in suburban Pittsburgh, has purchased its second Wohlenberg Champion S perfect binder from Colter & Peterson.

Standard Register of Radcliff, KY, recently installed a 30˝ Rollem ETR system with a 30˝ feeder and stacker.

The Austin (TX) American-Statesman has signed off on two shaftless Goss Magnapak packaging systems, Ferag UTR press grippers and MultiDisc storage systems to be installed in mid-2008.

A Bobst SPeria 106-E Autoplaten diecutter has been acquired by Meadowlands Bindery of Moonachie, NJ.

Bindtech Inc., Nashville, TN, has obtained a new Kugler Womako mechanical binding line. The company also recently installed a Moffett side sewer.

Caterpillar, of Peoria, IL, has acquired a PB-09 jogging, drilling and delivery system from Rollem International.

The Naples (FL)
Daily News has tabbed Goss International to install an integrated postpress packaging system, comprised of two Ferag UTR press gripper conveyors, three Goss NP400 gripper-to-hopper online infeed units and two servo-driven Goss Magnapak packaging machines.

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