Digital Printing--On-demand Finishing Finesse
"The need to have automated finishing in the on-demand environment is extreme. That is why the industry is experiencing and will continue to experience growing product portfolios of finishing devices designed to support on-demand," reports Paul Steinke, product manager for on-demand finishing systems at Duplo USA.
Logically, Steinke credits on-demand printing with the evolution of highly automated finishing systems—devices that are benefitting both conventional operations and on-demand outlets. "On-demand forced the finishing market to go to high automation and sophisticated levels of ease-of-use, tailored for the on-demand printing market, but enhancing productivity for conventional offset environments as well."
ComCom, a division of R.R. Donnelley, is reaping the benefits of on-demand finishing. With two Xerox DocuTech 135 units and two IBM InfoPrint 4000 devices supported by two flat-knife trimmers, one three-knife trimmer and three off-line Standard Horizon perfect binders, ComCom does on-demand finishing totally in-house.
Currently, the company is in the process of reviewing its options for in-line finishing systems. "My hesitations are the speed of the binding systems and whether or not they can really keep up with my printer—also, what to do if the in-line binder goes down," reports Kathleen Jacobsohn, manufacturing facilitator at ComCom.
To date, a two-shift bindery operation for a three-shift printing effort seems to be working, so far. "We do expand the bindery shifts and work weekends when necessary to maintain efficient workflow from the printing to the binding stages," Jacobsohn says.
At TechniGraphix in Sterling, VA, the on-demand bindery is running equal with the pressroom—24/7.
Jack Tiner, president at the print-on-demand book publisher, which also houses a series of offset presses, employs finishing equipment that includes an off-line Duplo Quadrimax four-pocket perfect binder for on-demand work and Rosback systems for traditional jobs. Devices at TechniGraphix include systems from Océ and Xerox, with a Heidelberg Quickmaster DI rounding out the team.