PBM Graphics — True to Their Heritage
Jerry Gill, vice president and general manager of Research Triangle Park, points out that the printer has had ample opportunities to quote on jobs considered to be traditionally full-web work. And while PBM has remained competitive with its half-webs, full-web capabilities will enable it to sell deeper into existing accounts, as well as garner new clients.
The organization’s true curiosity is its 10-color Komori Super Perfector with double coater, the only model of its kind issued by the manufacturer. PBM has acted as a testing site, notes Wendell Robinson, sheetfed press manager.
“The requirement for one of our larger customers is to perfect with an exact back-to-front fit, from one side of the sheet to the other,” Robinson remarks. “We were looking for a machine that would perfect while guaranteeing that both sides of the sheet were dot-on-dot registration 100 percent of the time. Since the Super Perfector does not flip the sheet in the production process, the sheet keeps a constant gripper all the way through the press. It’s also a benefit to be able to coat both sides at the same time and have the same look on the coatings.”
In the finishing realm, PBM operates an assortment of Muller Martini stitchers and perfect binders, Bobst diecutters and folder/gluers, and primarily Itoh and Heidelberg Polar cutters. PBM also has enjoyed a profitable experience in its relationship with MBO America, starting with the acquisition of two T65s obtained in 1987. The printer has amassed 14 Perfection folders, including one with the Navigator control system. One Palamides automatic bander was also delivered by MBO in January with three more on order to complement an existing model.
According to Gill, its partnership with MBO has enabled the printer to address its need to improve finishing efficiencies, add automation to the mix, eliminate tedious hand work, and reduce the number of workers manning the delivery ends of stitching and folding lines.