King Printing Upgrades Muller Martini SigmaFolder I to Speed Digital Book Manufacturing
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — October 26, 2016 — For almost 40 years, Massachusetts-based King Printing has been at the forefront of digital book manufacturing, providing short-run, one-off, and print on demand production to both major publishers and independent authors. In 2010, it began investing in Muller Martini’s industry-leading scalable SigmaLine digital book manufacturing technology. Since King Printing is committed to driving customer revenues by achieving faster times to market, it recently upgraded its SigmaFolder 1 technology.
The fully automated SigmaFolder 1 enables signatures of 8-, 12- or 16-pages to be produced making optimum use of web width. Muller Martini installed 11 efficiency upgrades to the system. One such upgrade, a newly designed signature break, slows down the sheets at higher speeds providing better stability, accuracy and consistency during the folding process.
According to King Printing President Adi Chinai, “These upgrades are designed to bring our folder platform into the realm of Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0, or ‘the future of finishing.’ Each of the 11 efficiency upgrades offer a distinct, competitive advantage. And, by installing all of them, we’re able to gain the sum of all the parts which is critical to providing the best manufacturing value.”
Muller Martini engineers scalable SigmaLine technology so that even earlier installs of this technology can achieve greater productivity, higher production speeds and better operating costs. These upgrades are available to any printer or bindery using the original SigmaFolder design.
King Printing and Muller Martini have been partners since the 1990s. Remarks Chinai, “Our partnership is built on trust, service and solution-offerings. And these are the characteristics we depended upon when we decided to upgrade our systems to the next level, not to mention Muller Martini's commitment to enhancing our existing technology and end-products, while increasing efficiency and productivity levels.”
He adds, “The bottom-line for King Printing is continual improvement of our manufacturing operation. We don’t choose to stand still. It’s important to note that by installing these efficiency upgrades, we don’t just drive productivity, we drive the value of our investment as well. And, our partnership with Muller Martini allows us to continuously invest in the future, ensuring that our platforms stay current and leading edge.”
About King Printing
Established in 1978, Massachusetts-based King Printing is an educational and trade book manufacturer, specializing in short-run printing for book publishers, small business, and independent authors. It is a one-stop solutions provider offering one- to four-color short run inkjet/digital printing or offset printing, as well as in-house bindery services. King Printing is renowned for its long-term customer relationships as well as its uncompromising focus on quality.
About Muller Martini
Muller Martini is the world’s largest producer of print finishing solutions for commercial and book printers, trade binderies, newspapers and digital book manufacturers. Muller Martini's innovative workflow solutions optimize efficiencies while helping to build new revenue opportunities. In addition, through MMServices, they are a leading source of performance enhancement programs which offer continual improvement for equipment, people and processes. With U.S. headquarters in Hauppauge, N.Y., Muller Martini's extensive sales and support team provides informed, responsive service to printers and binderies nationwide.
Source: Muller Martini.