BINDERY mattersJanuary 2009
FITCHBURG, MA—A trio of older model Bobst 1260 diecutters was recently replaced with a new Bobst SPeria 106-E Autoplaten diecutter at Seaboard Folding Box.
“The 1260s had been good machines, but it was time to replace them,” says Ray Falco, Seaboard’s GM. “The speed and lower setup times of the new machine allow us to exceed the combined productivity and quality of the three older machines. So, while we’re replacing equipment and enhancing quality, we’re also adding capacity.”
The SPeria 106-E has in-line stripping capabilities and can diecut and emboss at speeds up to 7,700 sph. It can also diecut paper with a minimum thickness of 0.004? up to 0.160? corrugated board.
The current economic state had little impact on Seaboard’s installation. “We’re staying busy,” reports Falco. “Our customers continue to rely on us to provide them with the best available service and quality, as quickly as we can. We chose the SPeria because its speed, capabilities and quality gave us the best bang-for-our-buck value.”
Two New Stitchers Pump Up Production
ST. CLOUD, MN—When commercial printer and direct marketing provider Nahan Inc. installed its first Muller Martini Tempo 22 saddlestitcher, equipped with 15 flat loading pockets and a folder feeder, in August 2007, the machine ran around the clock, seven days a week.
“The Tempo markedly exceeded our expectations,” says Steve Kirk, Nahan’s vice president of manufacturing. “The high production speed, which ranges from 18,000-19,000 cph, is impressive, and the speed doesn’t compromise quality.”
A month after startup, Kirk says, Nahan boosted its net production in relation to its other saddlestitchers by 34 percent. Then, shortly thereafter, it reached 70 percent.
With the success of the first Tempo 22, the company decided to invest in another. The second saddlestitcher was installed in November, and Kirk reports that the net output is now about 85 percent higher.
That type of output is extremely important to Nahan because the company manufactures a wide range of high-end promotional brochures for its clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, where run lengths can be higher than seven million copies.
Shown here, two bindery workers operate Nahan’s new Muller Martini Tempo 22 saddlestitcher.
New Saddlestitcher Is ‘Game-Changer’