GLS Companies -- Getting Into the Fold
To help the packaging area to blossom, GLS installed a Bobst Fuego 110 A-2 CS—the first in North America. The Fuego is a mid-market folder/gluer which, with a variety of options, is capable of creating straight and crash-lock bottom boxes, presentation folders, as well as four- and six-corner boxes. It operates at speeds up to 1,000 fpm and is available in manual, motorized and fully computer-controlled setup versions.
"We were using an older folder/gluer prior to buying the Fuego, but mostly we were going outside for our more sophisticated work," notes Mike Farr, vice president of manufacturing. "Now we're running a number of CD sleeves, story book boxes, four-corner and crash-lock bottom boxes."
The Fuego met GLS' needs because so much of what GLS does is short- to medium-runs, Farr adds. The company occasionally has runs that go up to 400,000 to 500,000 pieces, but most are far below that. So quick makeready was an important factor in its choice of equipment.
For printing, the company counts on multiple Heidelberg sheetfed offset presses (one- to six-colors), a Xerox DocuTech and an HP Indigo 3050 digital press.
"The folder/gluer capability is simply one more arrow in our quiver," Garner states. "We're also devoting a lot of time and effort into electronic solutions—print-on-demand, Web-based ordering, helping our customers with their Websites and e-mail marketing. That's a big area of growth for us, along with the continued sophistication and improvement of our data processing and personalization capability."
Standard of Quality
The basic focus at GLS is on continuous improvement. The company started on a path toward ISO certification in 1997 and was ISO 9001 certified in 1999. It recently upgraded to the 2000 standard. GLS uses these standards as the foundation of its quality program.
"As a quality-focused commercial printer, our standards and what we routinely accomplish often greatly exceeds the expectations of the marketplace," Farr contends. "Customers coming to us from other places are amazed at how we can enhance their printing through our technology and processes."