When you properly plan a personalized variable data workflow, you will have integrated software, press, and finishing in a workflow where there is accountability and verification at every step in the process. Which is surely what you will need for success.
So, I was doing some weekend planning on Friday when an email arrived in my inbox with the simple subject line “WOW!” Who could resist opening such a message? The announcement was that Muller Martini was effectively taking over the perfect binding and bookline business of Kolbus.
Recent surveys indicate that a majority of printing plant spending in 2018 will be on finishing. That makes perfect sense. The number of new products introduced for digital print has been dizzying. Advances in inkjet are enabling this technology to address an ever-wider segment of print. Inkjet is being used for higher-volume runs, as well as longer duty cycles of upwards of one hundred million pages per month.
The education segment has been the subject of a push by various test producing firms to ditch the printed test booklet and go digital.
As we approach Christmas, Don Piontek is feeling more optimistic than ever about print and print finishing.
We have seen lots of advances in adhesives for bookbinding over the years, with PUR (polyurethane reactive) adhesive being the last major game changer. But there is now a revived interest in protein-based adhesives.
Although some areas of traditional finishing may be experiencing some bumps, there are LOTS of other opportunities open to the creative engineers who build finishing systems. One area is E-Commerce. Although e-commerce is Web-based, fulfilling the actual order requires someone to physically pick, pack, and ship the items.
Printers and trade finishers are always looking for new opportunities and business. One of the most interesting might be the luxury packaging segment. This is a segment that was basically created by Apple with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007.
Many, many years ago there was a children’s book titled “The Little Engine That Could.” Somewhat like the little engine, IBIS Bindery Systems Ltd. was founded in the U.K. in 1999 by a small group of bindery systems engineers. They were the first firm to design a saddle stitching system that was specifically designed to process digitally printed sheets printed on continuous toner or inkjet printers
OK, I digress from my usual finishing tech. discussion this week. Although I’m on the digital finishing side, I spent enough time in the high-volume offset world to become quite familiar with publication, periodical and catalog production.
Don Piontek offers an inside look at the PRINT 17 show floor, sharing some finishing technology highlights that were on display.
With the new generation of finishing systems, connectivity has become a big selling point. Given the shift to shorter runs, machine availability, makeready time, and productivity are all critical to profits. So, accurate metrics have become more important than ever.
Printing equipment is more sophisticated and complex than ever. This is especially true of the latest generation of inkjet presses. This technology integrates electronics, chemistry, physics, software, and mechanical hardware in a dizzyingly complex package. The same goes for the new generation of finishing equipment.
Increasingly, customers are looking at the finishing end and wanting finishing solutions that are far from standard. The era of the “vanilla” book, mailing piece, or booklet is over. Printers are attempting to be more creative than ever (with good reason), and the prospect or customer applications that I’m tasked with require machine modifications that range from the minor, to very major.
There is a wide range of finishing automation for photobooks of all quality levels. But larger machines are not inexpensive and a photo book printer needs adequate volume to justify the capital expense. And this leads to the question of demand.