How Does Your Bindery Grow?
MBO's extensive market research vis-à-vis automation has resulted in the Perfection folder with the patented, computer-enhanced RAPIDSET makeready system. This MBO exclusive is the only marble-less folding system wherein an operator can select his comfort level as it pertains to his knowledge of folding. For example, it's common today to bring someone into the folding operation who has very little print or binding experience.
With even marginal computer literacy, the beginner level of the RAPIDSET displays full setup instructions and guides the operator as to fold roller settings and the number of papers to place under the calipers for each fold roller.
This aspect can be time-consuming, even for the experienced folder operator. No guesswork results in faster setup and less waste. The more experienced operators find the operator-friendly electronics can result in folding accuracy down to 1/10 mm. Some commercial printers' customers have strict tolerances; not having the technology could cause some to turn work away.
MBO RAPIDSET is preprogrammed with 65 standard folding impositions and has memory capability for 250 additional customized folds; even gatefold production guesswork is eliminated.
This kind of automation is not just for big shops. The ease with which previous jobs can be recalled and reproduced, coupled with reduced setup, increases the ROI. Furthermore, this folding system is engineered for sheet control, from start to finish. When you can control high-speed folding you can dramatically impact productivity!
PI: Aside from the advantages of one-stop shopping, what other benefits does an in-house bindery offer a printer?
MAX: For years now, those printers that have invested in bindery equipment did so for a variety of reasons, including improving profit margins and overall productivity. Printers gain more control over a job by having bindery equipment in-house, which should result in better customer service.
Depending on which bindery equipment is brought in-house, it gives the printer the opportunity to offer services such as laminating, indexing/tabbing, perfect binding, diecutting, ink-jetting, gluing, etc., to help diversify the printer.