How Does Your Bindery Grow?
Features such as an electronic double sheet detector (using fiber optics) and computerized automated adjustments provide such efficiency that, according to Hamburg, there's "almost nil" spoilage. And spoilage of any kind is a costly proposition, especially if an entire job is ruined.
"If a printer is going to produce a job that is costly in the front end, why have it torn up in finishing? You work too hard on a job in prepress and on press to have it ruined in the end process," he says, emphasizing that it pays to have good equipment.
For Accu-print, that equipment is a miniature folder—one that continues to bring niche opportunities knocking at his door.
Quality in the Last Phase
Customers are not going to beat a path to your door because of your bindery, says Cary Rosenthal, president and CEO of Phoenix Communications, an Atlanta-based, high-end, sheetfed printing operation in the Master Graphics family. "The bindery is the last major phase of the printing process. It's very important that it has the ability to produce quickly and with quality."
As the last phase in the printing chain, the bindery's delivery of a job becomes critical, Rosenthal explains, emphasizing that this is where the equipment's quality and efficiency are key.
"The industry has already focused on prepress and the pressroom, but now the demands of the marketplace tell us we must get the product through the bindery as quickly and efficiently as possible," he says. "You can't risk having inefficient equipment in the bindery that will make jobs look shabby in the end."
No longer standing in the shadows of high tech, Rosenthal says today's finishing equipment is being designed with the latest in automation. And if printers want to grow their overall businesses, he advises that they keep up with their customers' demands for speed and efficiency by automating and modernizing their binderies.