Customized Postpress System Boosts Productivity
LA VERGNE, TN—Odcombe Press, the printing arm of Haynes Publishing, has completed a four-year project with partners Muller Martini and Solema for an end-to-end postpress solution to handle the company's diverse range of printing jobs, which includes automotive repair manuals and other specialty titles of varying sizes and formats.
Upgrading from a 15-year-old Muller Martini Monostar perfect binder, a customized solution was developed. Because of the diversification of its product line, Haynes sought a major upgrade to their postpress manufacturing capabilities, one that involved the configuration of a high-speed perfect binding line and a fully integrated packaging and palletizing solution that had the ability to do shrink wrapping, cartoning and palletizing—all in-line.
The key to the success of such an ambitious venture was to engage Muller Martini and Solema, an Italy-based packaging manufacturer that Haynes had worked with in the past. Together, the customer and the manufacturers developed a highly complex and customized solution—one that even included the design and manufacture of an all-new cartoning machine.
The full contingent of the Muller/Solema solution for Haynes includes a Corona C-12 binder, a 3695 gathering machine, automated stream feeders, a Book Data Center that allows operators to preset jobs, a Zenith S three-knife trimmer, a Solema speedy diverter to switch from one lane to two, two Solema glove compensating stackers, a Solema Magic Box fully automatic cartoning machine and a Solema Pluton palletizer.
Cal Poly Receives New Polar Cutter
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Heidelberg USA has donated a high-speed, programmable Polar 92 XT paper cutter with CompuCut to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) for use in the organization's Graphic Communication Department curriculum and Graphic Communication Institute for research and training. The cutter was dedicated during Cal Poly's four-day celebration of the 2011 International Printing Week from Jan. 25-28.