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BINDERY matters

March 2009
Gearing Up for 2009 BIA Mid-Management Conference

SEWICKLEY, PA—Trade binderies, graphic finishers and custom looseleaf manufacturers from across the country are preparing to attend the “definitive conference” for the binding industry. 

The 2009 BIA Mid-Management Conference, which will be held May 3-6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is the must attend event of the year, reports Matt Anson, president of Bindagraphics. “There is no other place where so many leaders in the postpress industry gather to share ideas, learn and network.”

The conference is designed to provide a blitz of information with sessions that include topics such as exceeding customer expectations; automating equipment; increasing productivity with existing equipment; lean manufacturing; financial metrics in a tough economy; and team formulation and leadership. 

In addition, some of the binding industry’s leading suppliers—including Colter & Peterson, Hohner, Kolbus, Rollem and Standard Finishing—will be on hand with tabletop exhibits and reps to answer questions and share information on their latest products and services.

More than 100 binders and finishers attended last year’s conference, held simultaneously with the Printer to Printer Business & Technology Conference by Offset and Beyond, pictured here.

For more information, contact Justin Goldstein at (412) 259-1806 or e-mail jgoldstein@printing.org.

New Casemaker Ends Bottlenecks, Stops Delays

SAN ANTONIO—Bottlenecks are no longer delaying certain areas of production at Universal Bookbindery. The installation of a new Kolbus DA 270 casemaker is helping to eliminate previous jams and is enabling faster turnaround on finished products.

The new casemaker is also allowing Universal to take on larger volume projects, according to Frank Barron, plant manager. Universal Bookbindery has invested in technology consistently over the years, upgrading equipment at a regular pace, resulting in continuous growth, Barron explains.

“Business grew 7.6 percent last year alone,” he says. “We’ve also reduced spoilage, while improving throughput and quality in every department.”

Sharpening the Competitive Edge

DALLAS—Lincoln Press recently added a Heidelberg Polar 115 X cutter and Stahlfolder B 30 folder to its postpress operations. The shop was already running a Polar 92 cutter and Stahlfolder B 26 folder but, after upgrading to a 40? press, it needed to update its bindery to accommodate the larger sheet size.

“We had good results with our first Polar cutter, so we decided to purchase another one,” says Gerald Wickliffe Sr., who helps his son, Gerald Jr., run the shop. “We also liked the half-size folder we bought two years ago. We had been sending out double-gate folds, so we got a double-gate fold attachment, and it’s working out great for our shop.”

 

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