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ROSS BINDERY--Cutting in California

March 2001

The threat of roving power outages throughout the state? Not a problem. Fears of an economic slowdown or even a recession? Not a worry for George Jackson, president, and Horst Doerzapf, CEO, of Santa Fe Springs, CA-based Ross Bindery. While many in the printing industry may shy away from making purchases during these trying economic times, Ross Bindery is forging ahead with some big moves.

That fact is verified by Jackson, as he announces Ross Bindery's recent purchase of four new Itoh paper cutting machines, supplied by LDR International. "The need for four new cutters came from our company's desire to keep up with the newest technology," Jackson explains. He felt that the new Itoh machines were desirable due to the computerized technology, speed of production and the paper handling abilities of the equipment. He and Doerzapf also wanted new machinery, not used or revamped equipment, for their trade finishing operation.

"Keeping new technology in the shop at all times keeps quality up for our customers," Jackson contends. The four new Itoh cutters allowed Ross Bindery to retire four older Schneider-Senator models.

The Itoh cutters' double arm knife bar pull, which pulls the knife through from both ends, was one of the selling points for Ross Bindery. Jackson notes this helps bolster the speed of the machine, and allows them to cut larger lifts accurately. All of the operators at Ross picked up on how to use the equipment quickly, he adds.

The fact that four cutters were being installed at one time was unique for LDR International, which reports that one or two cutters are more the norm. But LDR kept it to a three-day affair, prepping and installing the equipment and then spending one day training the operators. LDR personnel then stuck around for another day to make sure there were no problems.

Ross Bindery has had a variety of different cutters through the years, so it knew exactly what it was looking for. The decision was made by Doerzapf to go and talk to LDR, and he struck a deal to first put one cutter on the shop floor for a month-long trial. Operators got to work with the equipment and if the company was satisfied, more units were to come.

"It was a pretty cut-and-dry deal," recalls Jackson. "If we liked it, there were three to follow." Their main considerations were to ensure that the operators were happy with the cutters and that the equipment was reliable. The Itoh cutters came through with flying colors.


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