Book/Booklet Binders — Fast and Easy, Rules
"New products are manufactured in a controlled process where common components and sub-assemblies are utilized in multiple machines," Berkey states. "Servos, PLCs and computer software are common to multiple machines in our product stable, allowing for familiarity in both manufacturing and maintenance once machines are installed on the customer's floor."
Trade Show Success
The Graphics of the Americas show in Miami last month turned out to be a successful one for Spiel Associates, according to David Spiel, president. The Coilmaster II coil binder, which produces coil on an as-needed basis, and the Sterling Minibinder perfect binder, were among the items that moved the quickest.
"It's automation, automation, automation," Spiel underscores. "It's what customers want, untouched by human hands."
The Minibinder can cycle up to 600 pieces per hour and is a heavy-duty machine geared toward runs of under 10,000. Spiel notes that the unit's milling station features a 72 carbide blade that also notches.
With the move toward digital technology, customers are seeking easy-to-operate equipment that can handle online production, according to Buddy Ayers, director of branch operations for C.P. Bourg. He adds that the limited labor pool is causing print providers to look for more automated methods to approach certain applications.
In response, C.P. Bourg has developed the Bourg Book Factory, a fully automated, in-line booklet finishing system that also incorporates Xerox technologies. Sheets are fed in-line into a Xerox DocuTech or DocuPrint, which prints digital images. The printed sheets exit the machine and are fed into a choice of C.P. Bourg finishing devices, where documents can be stacked, perforated, rotated or folded. They are then transferred to the Bourg BBF2005, which binds these signatures into perfect-bound booklets. For applications requiring commercial-quality, saddle stitched documents, sheets can be bypassed in-line directly to the Bourg Document Finisher (BDFX).
In automating the bindery processes—notes Jennifer Moffa, customer service rep for Smyth s.r.l./Mac Manufacturing—some of the benefits include increased production, less labor requirements and higher product quality.