Spiraling to Success
While the PLASTIKOIL product represents one of the company's biggest successes, it is by no means the end of the story. PLASTIKOIL of Pennsylvania has continually expanded into other types of bindery work. In addition to mechanical binding with PLASTIKOIL, the company is now recognized as a full-service bindery/finishing source for everything from double Wire-O binding, specialty flat-sheet collating and hand-assembled pocket folders to mass mailings and specialty kit packaging, including POS promotional kits.
Other services of this very versatile organization include warehousing and shipping, pad printing and a variety of miscellaneous services such as: six-hole drilling, cutting and trimming, shrink-wrapping and three-ring binder assembly. The company is currently planning to add laminating, foil-stamping, diecutting and embossing to its growing menu of services.
The Perfect Solution
Over the years, perfect binding of text books, manuals, annual reports and similar applications surfaced as an important segment of business for PLASTIKOIL of Pennsylvania. In response to increased sales in this area, the company decided it was time to add another machine for perfect binding. After considering three other brands, it settled on a Vijuk Euro-Bind Perfect Binder 4M/P, which was installed in September 1997.
In describing their reasons for going with the Vijuk Euro-Bind machine, Matthew Barkley, production manager, and Robie Barkley, plant manager at the Zelienople facility, first indicate the side-gluing unit.
"It is very precise in the way it applies a uniform bead of glue for a hinge cover," Matthew points out.
Both Matthew and Robie were also impressed with how "user-friendly" the controls are. "The control panel allows for easy setup and little makeready, which is critical when the printer gives you the exact quantity it wants back," explains Matthew.
"This binder also appeared to be much better built than the others we checked out," adds Robie, who heads up the company's perfect-binding operations.