Quad/Graphics — Finishing First
In announcing the installation, Arndorfer notes that Quad was initially impressed with the system's speed and reliability, as well as the initial design.
"This system is truly a different approach to the standard saddle-stitch systems we have," Arndorfer remarks. "In a multiple-system environment like ours, Ferag showed a willingness to grow with our specific needs. We asked for customization and speed, and Ferag responded, which eventually led to this third system.
More Than Meets the Eye
"The Ferag is unique in that there really isn't anything else out there like it today," Arndorfer adds. "You can plead a case for installing three conventional saddle stitchers that basically would have the same throughput that you could have with a single Ferag. But considering the issues of floor space and manpower, Ferag made more sense to us."
According to Paschall, the unit's speed may be the initial attention grabber, but users soon find it has much more to offer.
"Its speed catches everyone's eye at first, but then they realize it's not only high speed but convenient format changes," Paschall stresses. "You've taken a product standing still to a 40,000 per hour maximum speed and still know where the custody of each specific signature is. Quad is also very happy about the trim drum because it provides a shear cut on all three sides. And their help with the design changes produced higher net speeds, and the format size changes in minutes. Maintenance is greatly reduced from the original version."
Paschall also points out that waste is greatly reduced: less than 1⁄10 of 1 percent. It translates to roughly a dozen bad books in a 500,000 issue run. "That's how the caliper factor is on this unit," he says.
Bill Graushar, head of corporate finishing development for Quad, points out that his company can now "out-produce all other conventional stitcher-trimmers 2-to-1 on the Ferag system, especially in the specific catalog markets on which we focus. And that's with less manning."