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BINDERY matters

January 2009

SPENCER, IN—Binding is truly an art form at World Arts, which employs several hand-bookbinding craftsmen for its highly specialized binding assignments. The company recently introduced greater automation, speed and productivity to its postpress operations by adding a new Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher.

“Saddlestitching is the backbone of our bookbinding process,” explains Matt Leach, bindery manager. “I honestly can’t imagine life without it.”

The Stitchmaster’s flexibility is vital for the company’s orders for very small books, Leach points out, noting that bindery operators, who were working 60 to 70 hours a week, are relieved that the highly automated saddlestitcher has significantly cut production times. The ST 450 joins four Heidelberg Stahlfolders in World Arts’ bindery.

Matik NA Reps Web Finishing Line

WEST HARTFORD, CT—Matik North America has formed a strategic partnership with ESS Graphic, a Danish manufacturer of web finishing equipment, which includes glue and varnish application units, diecutting and stripping systems, patch applicators, sheeters with variable chip-out capabilities and star-wheel delivery, as well as web finishing lines for integrated and promotional products.

Matik North America will add ESS Graphic products to its current lineup, which includes a range of equipment from other European manufacturers.

Quick Cuts

After 20 years of continued use, the Polar cutter at Superior Binding, of Glen Burnie, MD, has been replaced with a new Polar 137 XT cutter.

A new pair of Browst folder/gluers are up and running at Apex Die in San Carlos, CA, bringing the total number of high-speed folder/gluers to five.

Little Rock, AR-based VESTCOM SOLUTIONS invested in six new Rollem 42? deep pile feeders.

In Bloomfield, CT, a new Polar 137 XT cutter, from Heidelberg, is now up and running at FINLAY PRINTING.

After installing a new manroland Rotoman offset web press, Clinton, PA-based KNEPPER PRESS purchased a material handling equipment package from Systems Technology (STI), which consists of a semi-automatic horizontal stacker bundler, full conveying line and Automatic Reject System (ARS).

PRESTIGE PRINTING, a general commercial printer in Austin, TX, recently purchased its first two pieces of Heidelberg gear: a Polar 78 cutter and Stahlfolder B 20 folder.

The LONGMONT TIMES-CALL, a daily newspaper in Longmont, CO, with a circulation of 24,500, recently installed a new Muller Martini SLS3000 inserting system.

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