Outsert System Rounds Out $12 Million Investment
GURNEE, IL—Haapanen Brothers has aggressively embraced technology during the past eight years, investing more than $12 million shop-wide. It recently added a second Vijuk MV-2005 outsert system with a G&K FA 53 folder as part of this investment.
The commercial shop has expanded into printing and folding pharmaceutical leaflets and outserts. “Vijuk has played an important part in increasing Haapanen Brothers’ book of business,” reports owner Jerry Haapanen. “From our first Vijuk folder in 2005, to our sixth machine last month, Vijuk has matched the consumer’s and our need for faster, more complex folding requirements.”
Rebuilt Machine Gives 50 Percent Production Gain
DALLAS —Dallas Offset, a 70-employee print shop, recently installed a rebuilt Muller Martini 335 saddlestitcher with six pockets plus cover feeder. “We chose the 335 due to its reliability and versatility,” says Steven Kubalik, CEO of Dallas Offset. He expects the unit to help increase the company’s production by as much as 50 percent on tabloid products requiring stitching and trimming, a growing segment of Dallas Offset’s business mix.
Commercial Print Shop Grows With New Stitcher
WOOD DALE, IL—What began as a small, storefront shop on Chicago’s northwest side, has become a full-service commercial printer with 18 employees and a 15,000-square-foot facility specializing in small- to medium-run, saddlestitched booklets. Operated by Roman Majewski, Pol Press, founded in 1991, recently installed a Standard Horizon StitchLiner 5500 saddlestitching system.
“The primary advantages of our newest StitchLiner are that it gives us in-line scoring and three-knife trimming, plus greater speed and productivity,” says Majewski. “The 5500 allows us to do up to 120 pages per book.”
His dealer, Fuller Grafix, sold, installed and services the new machine, as well as Pol Press’ two-tower Standard Horizon SpeedVac 100 collator.
Finishing Facility Adds Hot Foil Press And Folder/Gluer
NILES, IL–Graphic Technologies, a JohnsByrne company, recently added a Bobst VisionFoil 104 hot foil stamping press and a high-speed Bobst VisionFold 110-A2 CS folder/gluer to its finishing facility here. They are the first newest generation Bobst converting machines of their kind installed in North America.
“Decorative finishes continue to be a big differentiation tool for our clients’ projects, and the popularity of foil stamping continues to grow” notes Jack Gustafson, COO of JohnsByrne. “Investing in machines like the VisionFoil provides technology, efficiency and capability advantages that pass on through our operation to benefit our customers.”
The new VisionFoil 104 exceeds the combined production capabilities of the three older foiling presses it replaced. It can apply hot foil, emboss or diecut at speeds up to 8,000 sph.
The VisionFold allows Graphic Technologies to fold and glue a wide range of products, including straight line and crashlock cartons, 4- and 6-corner cartons, pocket folders, envelopes and more.
FSEA Changes Direction, Name
TOPEKA, KS—The Foil Stamping & Embossing Association (FSEA) announced a shift in the direction of its association. As of March 1, the organization’s name changed to the Foil & Specialty Effects Association, although still the FSEA.
The continuous emergence of print enhancement technologies in the marketplace—such as cold foil technologies, specialty coatings, laminates and laser cutting—has created a wealth of opportunity for growth in the finishing industry, says FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson.
The goal is to embrace these emerging technologies, which complement foil stamping and embossing, he explains, noting that the use of foil, and its counterpart embossing, will remain an integral focus of the association.
For more information, visit www.fsea.com.
Eckhart Elected to BIA Hall Of Fame
SEWICKLEY, PA—Bill Eckhart, of Eckhart & Co., was inducted into Printing Industries of America’s Binding Industries Association (BIA) at the 2009 BIA Mid Management Conference. Individuals selected for the BIA Hall of Fame have made dedicated efforts to advance the betterment of the industry. Recipients go above and beyond the call of duty and are strong supporters of the BIA.
Eckhart has been with the BIA for more than 50 years, serving as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president. He also served on the board of directors for 14 years.
New Capabilities Pump Up Competitiveness
BALTIMORE–Pack Appeal, a division of Bindagraphics, has acquired a high-speed Emmeci slipcase manufacturing production line to be more competitive in high-volume and quick-turnaround slipcase design and production. Slipcases are often companion pieces for a wide variety of book, magazine and looseleaf binder projects.
The Emmeci installation also gives Pack Appeal the ability to manufacture “Godiva style” rigid setup boxes, as well as to produce game board boxes, totes and multimedia boxes.
“We believe high-speed slipcase and rigid setup box capabilities are an excellent complement to Pack Appeal’s existing line of binders and tabs,” notes Matt Anson, president. “And the new product line can be decorated with any number of finishing effects—foil stamping, debossing, windowing, spot UV coating—to create high-end packaging that cuts through the clutter in the marketplace.”
Stitching Wire Meets Compliance
HAUPPAUGE, NY—New laws took effect recently regarding lead content in children’s products, including children’s books. The laws are based on requirements set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Muller Martini PerformancePlus stitching wire meets or exceeds those requirements.
A material data safety sheet is available by contacting the Muller Martini Parts Department at (888) 2-Muller. Muller customers can also contact their regional sales managers.
Cincinnati-based Seemless Design & Printing purchased a new Polar 78 XS cutter from Heidelberg.
Roswell Bookbinding, Phoenix, acquired a Thompson ValueLine stamping and embossing press, complementing eight other stamping presses currently in operation.
Printers Finishing, a woman-owned print finisher based in Baltimore, has added a Kluge EHD Series 14x22? press for foil stamping, embossing and diecutting.
Installing a Zund G3 digital diecutter has helped Egg Harbor Twp., NJ-based Print Art speed production with its ability to cut materials up to 2? thick.
Variable trim binding, a technology that allows for the stitching of multiple titles with varying face trims in one co-manufacturing pool, is now available at Brown Printing’s Woodstock, IL facility.
The Riverside Group, of Rochester, NY, has installed a new Hoerauf BDM45 casemaker to bolster its hardcover book manufacturing capabilities.
A second Heidelberg Stahlfolder B 20 has been delivered to Vital Printing in West Palm Beach, FL.
Full-service print finisher Madison Cutting Die, based in Madison, WI, added a Kluge OmniFold folder/gluer equipped with a friction feeder for continuous bottom feeding and flipgate for crossfolds.
Hadley Printing, Holyoke, MA, purchased a new Polar 137XT cutter. Company President Chris DesRosiers reports that the cutter’s JDF compatibility will be put to good use in the near future.
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