Way back in 2012, I wrote a blog about vision systems in the bindery. Well, it’s late 2016, and I’m feeling this needs a refresh. If I could name one technology that wasn’t around in finishing 30 years ago, but is now (in a big way), it would be machine vision.
The manufacture of hard-cover books has never been more advanced or accessible for the average printer.
We are smack in the middle of a massive shift from offset to digital print.
Knowing how that press sheet becomes a finished, saleable end-product will make you a much smarter and more successful salesperson.
We see tons of packaging in retail every day, but luxury packaging is a different breed.
In the second part of "A Guide to Buying Digital Finishing Systems," Don Piontek continues to share his experience to help you make the best finishing decision for your operation. In part two, he focuses on two key questions: when should you choose in-line versus off-line? And, how much automation do you need?
Not too long ago, a majority of digital print volume was printed on cut-sheet toner printers. Finishing options were (and still are) many, with a host of built-in bookletmakers and perfect binders that could output a finished product. These were built for the speeds and volumes of the cut-sheet production model. But we’re now in the era of digital big iron.
You’ve no doubt heard this before, but I come from the offset finishing world, and specifically the long-run finishing universe.
Well, I've put another "drupa notch" on my belt, and it was quite an experience. The weather in Düsseldorf was good, and the crowds were there. For those who have never been, the sheer size of the show, and the enormous investment by the hundreds of firms exhibiting are truly mind-boggling. Deals were done, and many were for multiple high-priced systems, putting lots of smiles on vendor salespeople and management.
It's no secret that we're dealing with a greatly compressed printing industry as opposed to the "roaring '90s." For trade binderies, the news has been even worse. In the last few years, some of the largest trade shops in the Chicago-land, the East Coast, and more have closed their doors. But, amidst the bad news, there are trade binderies that are not only surviving, but doing well, thank you. What are their secrets?
Barcodes are simple and adaptable. They can be easily printed via imposition subroutines, and they can contain lots of information, depending on the symbology used. Barcode readers are both capable and affordable. A barcode printed on a sheet, signature, or cover can trigger actions on a finishing system and record important data such as job number and collation order at the same time.
Many finishing operations wonder which machines to invest in. Given the shifting sands of the market, this is not an easy decision.
There's been tremendous progress in developing the inventory-less "book-of-one" technology over the past few years. Despite the gloom-and-doom forecasts of the demise of the printed book, sales have proved otherwise. E-books sales have "plateaued" and even declined over the past few years, and study after study confirms the benefits of the printed page over the glow of the screen.
You know it’s coming. Flights and hotels (hopefully) have been booked, and the world’s largest graphics event is not far away.
The IBIS Smart-Binder was designed from the get-go as a true saddle stitcher for the digital print environment.