KENNESAW, GA—February 21, 2007—The Brandt Company, a general commercial printer located in Davenport, Iowa, has brought increased automation, speed and productivity to its postpress department with the additions of a Stahlfolder TH 82 folder and a Stitchmaster ST 400 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg. Installed in the past six months, the new folder and saddlestitcher have already increased capacity for The Brandt Company and produced some impressive results.
The first project run on the new saddlestitcher was a 40,000-stitch booklet. According to company President Marc Brandt, “The project was finished in just overfour hours, whereas before it would have taken at least 11 hours to finish.” The stitcher has also expanded the shop’s capabilities. “With the tip-in feature on the Stitchmaster, we are now able to offer glue-in CDs, small booklets, cards and other inserts in our booklets, which we couldn’t handle before,” Brandt said.
Heidelberg Stitchmasters run up to 14,000 cycles per hour with a high level of automation and can handle frequent job changes. Heidelberg unveiled its latest Stitchmaster, the ST 450, at Graph Expo 2006. This newest model includes a host of features designed to deliver even greater productivity and increased flexibility while handling a broad range of applications. Equipped with individual mobile feeders with servo drives, the ST 450 can be adjusted to the product and makes it easier to work with signatures.
The Brandt Company installed Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder TH 82 in January 2007, and is anticipating a 75 percent increase in productivity. “We have no doubt that the Stahlfolder will help us increase our turnaround time, and we are already seeing great results with speed,” Brandt said. Features like the Air stream register table with vacuum sheet guidance, as well as the ability to store air settings for recurring jobs significantly shorten makeready times on the Stahlfolder TH 82. Today, the shop is running the folder at full capacity, achieving speeds of 50,000 cycles per hour.