Digital Finishing — Back End Boosters
"It's a great new feature we can offer our customers because it looks and lies like a perfect-bound book, but it really isn't," Rutkowski notes. "It also allows the option to print on the spine, which isn't possible on traditional saddlestitched books."
AGS currently has a C.P. Bourg BDF bookletmaker for in-line work on one of their imageRUNNERs. In terms of off-line capabilities, the company employs a Standard Horizon BQ270 perfect binder specifically for digital runs of 500 or less. Runs above that amount go on a Muller Martini Norm binder.
The company does a lion's share of perfect-bound titles for associations and small publishers, along with some degree of direct mail pieces. Looking ahead, AGS is hoping to leverage its variable data printing capabilities as a driver toward penetrating the healthcare and higher education markets.
Commercial Communications Inc. (CCI) traces its digital printing roots back to the early 1980s and currently counts a dozen high-speed Xerox printers and an Océ 9210 among its digital printing arsenal. CCI has served as a pilot site on the latter technology, and the company has earned a reputation as a leading print-on-demand provider.
In terms of digital bindery gear, CCI owns four bookletmakers for its cut sheet Xerox devices and a pair of in-line fusion punches, according to Steve Henck, vice president of production. "In the past, the majority of our finishing has been off-line. In order to reduce costs and turnaround times for our clients, we began adding in-line equipment," he says. "In addition, we've added continuous feed capabilities to better serve the book production needs of our clients. Now, CCI has the perfect mix of cut sheet and rollfed printing with both in-line and off-line perfect binding capabilities to effectively meet their needs."
Finishing Goes Digital
To bolster its print-on-demand capabilities, CCI acquired a Muller Martini AmigoDigital perfect binder that enables it to run variable size books from a rollfed system directly to the binder, which responds to the size and thickness of the book. As the book block goes into the binder, it automatically adjusts for the height, width and thickness of the book.