How Does Your Bindery Grow?
"With time being constricted and condensed, an efficient, automated bindery is a must for all printers," he says. "With all the bells and whistles of prepress and press, you can't have a bindery hold you up."
To keep up with the speed and efficiency of its prepress and pressroom areas, Phoenix Communications has invested in back-end automation with equipment that includes: Consolidated and Muller Martini saddle stitchers; a Muller Martini perfect binder; a Wire-O binder; an assortment of six MBO and Baum folders; and (the most recent installation) a new Polar cutting system—which Rosenthal says has already shown major improvements in speed (a 200 to 300 percent increase, he enthuses) over traditional guillotine cutters. Plus, there's a new Stahl saddle stitcher and three Stahl folders en route, which will replace some of the older equipment.
By making high-tech bindery investments, Rosenthal is able to keep pace with the speed and efficiency of his prepress and pressroom. For example, Rosenthal cites the Polar cutter's ability to preprogram and recall programs, which he says saves valuable time and money.
But investing in back-end automation also provides savings in such areas as operator labor and safety. Rosenthal points out that the cutter's automatic jogging and auto stacking features keep workers from bending over, and there are a multitude of user-friendly devices and safety features incorporated into the system's design.
While modern, automated equipment might not have customers beating a path to Rosenthal's bindery door, he admits that a job well done—from start to finish—does keep them coming back for more. And that's what growing a bindery is all about.
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(Editor's Note: The following Q&A article was conducted with Hans Max, president of MBO America.)
PI: How are current automation advancements affecting the bindery?
HANS MAX: Automation in general addresses printer concerns such as fast turnaround, short-run setup times and labor costs, all of which impact a printer's competitive capabilities. These factors have helped facilitate more computer application to a variety of bindery equipment, including folders.