Pair of Machines Head Down South
Marietta, GA—Color Spectrum Network (CSN) has added two new multi-function machines—a Bobst SPanthera 106-LER embossing diecutter with blanking and a Bobst Mistral 110 A-2 CS folder/gluer equipped with the latest source tagging and CD insertion devices.
This marks the first time both of these new generation machines have been installed together in a single U.S. plant.
After Fire, Bindery Is Thriving Again
Lancaster, PA—It was among the largest and most intense fires that the local fire department could ever remember, and it caused more than $4 million in damage to Bindery Associates last year.
"One-third of our facility was completely destroyed," recounts Bob Drummond, owner and president of Bindery Associates, a commercial bindery. "In all, 29 fire companies responded. Fortunately, there were no injuries."
Before the fire, Bindery Associates was a growing company handling perfect binding, case binding and mechanical binding projects. However, the fire wiped out a large portion of its binding equipment. The bindery's customers had no choice but to look elsewhere for their job requirements. In the difficult months following the devastating tragedy, Muller Martini worked closely with Bindery Associates to help restore operations.
After the facility itself was reconstructed, the manufacturer installed two rebuilt perfect binding systems, along with trimmers and gathering units. Furthermore, Muller technicians remained on-premises at Bindery Associates until binding processes at the company were flowing smoothly again.
Today, Bindery Associates is thriving and growing once again and Drummond reports that most, if not all, of the company's customers have returned.
Open House Deemed a Success
Bethlehem, PA—Böwe Bell + Howell's recent open house event attracted customers from around the country. This facility reconditions document processing equipment, helping customers extend the life of their hardware and protect their capital investments.
Although the facility opened in December 2004, this was the first time the doors were opened to groups of customers. Attendees received a facility tour highlighted by seeing firsthand how equipment from the field is refurbished by Böwe Bell + Howell technicians.
"During the open house, we received incredible feedback from our customers over the detailed processes we follow with every reconditioned product," says Business Solutions Manager Bryan Frack. "Our team showcased the quality, value and flexibility we provide. This service helps position our customers for growth and strengthens Böwe Bell + Howell's partnership with them."
Trade Show Materials Donated to Schools
WAUSAU, WI—Just in time for the new school year, Wausau Paper has donated paper to benefit schools in Minnesota. The paper company participated in a collaborative project with three other companies, including Brandtjen & Kluge, Universal Engraving and Duplo USA, to develop writing books created as part of a paper finishing and converting demonstration during the recent PRINT 05 show.
The companies' donations allowed 14,000 writing books to be distributed among eight to 10 Montessori schools throughout Minnesota.
"A lot of paper is used at trade shows to demonstrate paper converting machinery, so we liked the idea of donating these books to a worthwhile cause," says Dave Fredel, director of marketing for Wausau Paper's Printing and Writing segment.
Wausau Paper donated Royal Complements for the book covers and its new Exact Ice paper for the inner pages. The pages were lined by Duplo USA, and Universal Engraving donated hand-crafted foil and embossing dies used to imprint the covers.
At the show, Brandtjen & Kluge printed the covers with artwork contributed by children from one of the schools and completed the book converting process.
Separately, Vijuk Equipment produced 40,000 coloring books during PRINT 05, and shipped them to nine different schools or school districts within Chicago-area counties and an after-school shelter in Chicago. Vijuk assembled the coloring books, featuring the main countries in which it does business, on its 321-T stitcher.
Finch Paper donated 35,000 pounds of paper for the inside pages. The Apex Trade Web division of Apex Graphics in Canada donated the printing.
E&M Bindery & Finishing, of Clifton, NJ, has become an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturing facility.
AJ Images, a printing, bindery and electronic prepress imaging center based in Roselle, NJ, recently installed a Polar 115 XT with Polar RA-4 jogger and Compucut from Heidelberg.
In Houston, Signature Media Solutions has purchased a Muller Martini Presto saddlestitcher.
New York City-based Aladdin Finishing is now running a new Bobst SPeria 106-E diecutter, adding embossing and scoring to its list of capabilities.
C&R Bindery in Dallas has installed a Muller Martini perfect binding system, consisting of an Acoro A5 binder, a Model 1573 gathering machine and a Merit S three-knife trimmer.
Ferag will be installing the following equipment at the Star Tribune's production facility in Minneapolis beginning in the second quarter of 2006: seven TTR gripper conveyor lines; two MultiDisc DiscPool automated buffering systems; a MultiDisc winding system; three MultiSert drum inserting systems, each including two preprint unwinders, 16-unit RollStream feeder positions and in-line single copy ink-jet system; nine MultiStack stacking systems; three PKT bundle distribution systems; and a post-production control system.
Binding Edge in Neehah, WI, celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an open house and by introducing its new Bielomatik P22-48.
Miami-based Franklin/Trade Graphics, a 124-employee sheetfed and non-heatset web printer, is now operating a new Muller Martini BravoPlus saddlestitcher with full AMRYS and compensating stacker.
Fey Publishing of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, recently installed a Kluge EHD Series rebuilt foil stamping, embossing and diecutting press. Fey Publishing's Kluge press includes the optional missed sheet detector.
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