"We developed the Club to recognize and provide an incentive for high net productivity," explains Toby Clarke, vice president of print finishing for Goss International. "As the capacity of our Pacesetter and Universalbinder systems has climbed steadily to as high as 25,000 books per hour, the qualifying standards have also increased, and crews have kept pace by netting close to 100 percent of that maximum capacity."
A bindery crew at Brown Printing in East Greenville, PA, recently qualified for the Pacesetter Club by finishing 164,496 magazines in eight hours on a Pacesetter 2200 saddlestitcher. "Qualifying for the Pacesetter Club was our goal from day one, and we now have the people and the technology in place to hit this level of productivity and quality on a regular basis," according to Buddy Miller, saddlestitcher manager at the Brown facility.
American Press in Gordonsville, VA, has had several crews qualify for the Pacesetter Club in past years with its Pacesetter 1000 stitcher. This year, crews on all three shifts did the same with a new Pacesetter 2200 system, averaging as high as 20,875 books per hour.
Quad/Graphics has had more than a dozen crews from various facilities qualify in 2009, including a crew at its Saratoga, NY, facility that finished 289,400 books in a 12-hour shift with a Pacesetter 2500 stitcher.
"Higher productivity in the finishing sector is a key to increasing the value of print," explains Clarke. "The Pacesetter Club highlights our focus on advanced finishing systems, and on the expertise and teamwork necessary to turn that high-speed technology into high-net technology."
Sheetfed printer Repco Printers & Lithographers, St. Louis, has purchased an Osako saddlestitcher from Best Graphics. The Estar Alpha model is configured with six rotary feeders, a cover feeder, Rima stacker and a Fenimore rollup three-hole punch.