Saddle Stitchers — A Stitch In Time
Buyers in the market for a new stitcher seek low maintenance combined with high reliability and longevity, according to Tom Hagemann, product manager for ISP Stitching & Bindery Products.
"In today's world of short turnaround printing, the saddle stitching machine needs to be user-friendly and fast, without a lot of setup time and maintenance," Hagemann notes. "The issue is being addressed with stitching machines that are adjusted easily and don't require high lubrication intervals."
ISP has enjoyed much success with its BinderyMate, a compact, 1⁄4˝-capacity wire stitcher that switches from flat to saddle stitching and back again in seconds. The unit was recently upgraded with the new M-2000 stitching head, which boasts reduced operating force and wear-resistant components.
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John Morganstern, director of product management for Heidelberg Web Systems, points out that productivity and product customization are critical factors that will keep print more competitive with other media. In response, Heidelberg Web Systems is manufacturing bindery systems that deliver higher speeds and quicker makereadies in tandem with more advanced selective binding and ink-jet personalization capabilities.
Versatility is important, Morganstern remarks. "Our customers are demanding full-format systems that can manage selective content and a wide variety of signatures, and we are applying advanced technology to address these needs."
Heidelberg's Pacesetter family of high-volume saddle stitchers grew a little bigger with the DRUPA unveiling of the 870 model, augmenting the previously established 1000. The 870 can finish products ranging from A5 to A3 in one- or two-up formats at up to 15,500 books per hour. The 1000 is aimed at 81⁄2x11˝ and A4 magazines, catalogs, periodicals or publications in one-up format.
Faster makereadies and greater flexibility in controlling the pockets of saddle stitchers are key factors influencing the manufacture of saddle stitchers, according to Steven Calov, product manager of the stitching group at Heidelberg Postpress. Calov says Heidelberg implemented these suggestions in its Stitchmaster ST 400, as customers worked with the company's product designers to create this latest offering.