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BINDERY matters

February 2009
Finishing System Streamlines Workflow

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL— When Paul Mongoven noticed a bottleneck in his bindery at TPM Graphics, he consulted with his Fuller Grafix equipment dealer, who recommended that he buy a Standard Horizon Stitchliner. Driven by an increase in direct mail products, TPM’s bindery needed more capacity to handle expanding production volumes.

The recently installed Stitchliner 5500, which is running in-line with a MKU-54 unit, is already having a substantial impact on TPM’s productivity and bottom line, the company president reports. “The advantage of the Stitchliner system is that it can collate, score, fold, saddlestitch and three-knife trim in a single pass. Makeready is also extremely fast, and it is ideal for short-, medium- and long-production runs,” Mongoven says.

Inserting Lines Translate to Profits

VANCOUVER, WA—Producing a daily newspaper with a circulation of 44,000+ and a Sunday edition that reaches more than 50,000, The Columbian Publishing Co. recently installed two Muller Martini SLS3000 inserting lines.

“We chose the SLS3000 inserters due to their capability to insert large packages and improve throughput times for our large Sunday and weekday products,” says Jeff Stalcup, production director at The Columbian. “We produce complete packages to circulation, and the ability to insert and deliver large packages to the stacker were major factors in our decision-making. The technology has enabled us to condense our production window and improve our customer service.”

One of the inserters is configured with Muller’s AddressLinc software for ink-jet labeling with a Kodak (Scitex) labeler. AddressLinc coordinates zone-based package insertion with address labeling of each individual package and also coordinates stacker separations according to postal delivery groups.

Dual Installation Doubles Capacity at Wrap-ups Inc.

ST. LOUIS—Plastic spiral binding and collating capacity at Wrap-ups Inc. have doubled since the installation of two new postpress machines.

The capital investment included a new Plastikoil plastic spiral binding unit, which has increased the bindery’s booklet-making capacity to more than 20 million per day.

In addition, a 32-pocket Col-Tec collator was also installed to complement the company’s plastic spiral and wire binding operations. Binding speeds have significantly increased because of the increase in the collator’s cycle speeds, as well as the additional number of collator pockets, which more closely matches the throughput of other binding processes. 



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