Saddle Stitchers — It's a Buyer's Market
Rosback's newest offering is the 318 Lynx SaddleBinder, a 5,000 copies per hour (cph) unit with stitcher, three-knife trimmer and either four or eight vertical stations. The unit is also offered in a CD model for smaller booklets. Bowman notes that Rosback's offerings are more economical than the larger, faster units and a better value for customers whose work fits into his company's speed and price formats.
Rosback users have the option of adding a four-station Lynx feeder as their business grows. Some options include the Stack Feeder, which mounts over the trimmer infeed table for loading booklets requiring only three-knife trimming. Other options are total and batch counter, Hohner stitcher heads, third and fourth stitcher heads, and in-line auto punch.
The flexibility of the saddle stitching equipment is a paramount element to consider, notes John Morgenstern, director of product management/product planning for Heidelberg Web Systems. That flexibility includes handling a wide variety of sizes, the ability to process multiple types of forms (cards, unbalanced forms, vacuums), as well as ink-jet printing and selective capabilities.
Heidelberg supports the high-end market (units in the 14,000 to 20,000 cph range) with its Pacesetter 870. The inserter/stitcher/trimmer can handle a wide variety of stitching applications.
"I certainly think that a saddle stitcher's ability to do ink-jet and selective binding makes it attractive to our particular market," states Morgenstern, who notes that Heidelberg Web Systems is currently exploring labor-saving enhancements.
"We've had a reputation of building extremely durable and versatile equipment that has established a standard for productivity in the United States, and we'll continue to manufacture to that standard."
The ideal stitcher possesses a number of attributes, according to Bob Morton, president of Best Graphics. They include the ease of setup, ease of adjustments during production (preferably on-the-fly), and the ability to accurately feed and score covers at high production speeds. He counts the Best Osako 368 AS (Auto Set) in that regard.