Finishing Flexibility — Setting the Standard
It was only a matter of time before someone could build the better mousetrap that Donnie Webb had long envisioned.
Webb, president and owner of Mobile, AL-based Superior Printing, had envisioned the ideal saddlestitching system. It would be a flat-sheet collator/bookletmaker that could fold, stitch and cap off with a three-knife trim.
“I knew what I wanted; I just had to wait for somebody to build it,” Webb says. “I run mostlyquarter-size presses, with one half-size. I looked at signature collators, but my production was not really set up for running a lot of signatures. A flat-sheet collator was really what I needed.”
Webb had been using a handfed machine and a seven-station unit that was performing stitching and folding. Thus, gaining speed and efficiencies was vital for Superior Printing.
Webb found what he was looking for while attending the 2004 Sunbelt Graphics show in Atlanta—the Horizon StitchLiner 5500 from Standard Finishing. Just to be sure he wasn’t dreaming, Webb spent two days putting the system through the ringer. When Webb exhausted the various test runs, the decision was pretty easy.
“It pretty much did all I asked it to do,” Webb notes. “That’s what made my decision. . .I bought it right off the floor.”
While mostly producing standard 8.5x11˝ saddlestitched books, Superior Printing might fashion a 36-page booklet that is completely cover weight, or small jobs such as 3.5x5˝ booklets. Webb was somewhat surprised that the system could consistently trim up to 1⁄32˝ accuracy.
The StitchLiner also came in handy with a particular job—bank books, that called for the cover receiving an extra panel folded over the back cover.
“With the bank book, I would trim it right up to the edge of the fold and not cut the fold off, but still make a nice book,” Webb explains. “I’ve also done jobs where some of the inside pages were folded, and we just fold that about 1⁄16˝ short of the trim size. It’s very accurate on the trimming part.”