Open House Offers Look at New Gear
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—Spartanics held its fourth annual open house in suburban Chicago recently, featuring the North American debut of the new Spartanics Klemm laser cut diecutting system. Two participatory forums were offered to attendees on the subjects of "Introduction to Digital Diecutting" and "Feed Users Forum."
Finishing Safety Standards Adopted
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved ANSI B65.2-2005, Graphic technology-Safety requirements for binding and finishing systems and equipment. This standard revises and replaces the 1999 edition, and is currently available from NPES.
The standard addresses mechanical safety issues such as motion controls, guarding against hazards, and warning systems. It also includes information on the use of the Inch-SAFE-Service method, which has been recognized by OSHA as an acceptable alternative to lockout/tagout when doing minor servicing and makeready activities that are routine, repetitive and integral to the use of the equipment for production.
The revision was done by ANSI-accredited B65 Subcommittee 2. This revision is an effort to further harmonize the requirements of ISO 12649:2004, Graphic technology-Safety requirements for binding and finishing systems and equipment, with the requirements of B65.2. Such harmonization is important to facilitate international trade while adhering to U.S. safety regulations.
To maximize such harmonization, this revision of B65.2 is a national adoption of ISO 12649, modified with specific requirements for the U.S., which are clearly noted throughout the document and are compiled in a separate annex of the standard. These modifications are in the form of additions to, or deviations from, the requirements of ISO 12649.
Book on Budgeted Hourly Cost Studies
With postpress and fulfillment operations becoming increasingly important contributors to today's printing profit margins, NAPL's new "Budgeted Hourly Cost Studies for Bindery, Finishing & Mailing Operations" 2005 edition provides printers with critical data for pricing and comparing operating rates for 639 machines from 80 manufacturers in 29 equipment categories related specifically to the bindery, finishing and mailing areas.