Finishing - Digital

Fully-automated Press Delivery from Muller Martini Bringing Optimal Efficiency to the new Valpak Plant
November 3, 2006

HAUPPAUGE, NY—11/03/06—When it opens in May, 2007, the now-under-construction Valpak® coupon manufacturing center in St. Petersburg, Florida will be the closest thing to a “lights out” print production operation to be found anywhere in the world. Combining the very latest automated prepress, printing, finishing and distribution technologies from leading suppliers throughout the marketplace, the $200-million plant will be state-of-the-art in every way imaginable...enabling Cox Target Media (producers of the familiar blue Valpak envelopes) to more than double production capacity and simultaneously cut cycle times in half while also lowering labor costs as much as 40%. Muller Martini, the industry leader in print finishing, is

Muller Martini, Colter & Peterson and MBO America to Link Up at Graph Expo
August 4, 2006

HAUPPAUGE, NY—MBO America, Colter & Peterson and Muller Martini are inviting Graph Expo attendees to see the latest technologies from all three companies, all in one location at the show.Visitors to booth #1229 can view a comprehensive 15,000 square-foot representation of finishing technologies that can all perform together to enhance workflow speed, efficiency and overall capabilities for graphic arts businesses large and small. Common walkways within the booth will make it convenient for Graph Expo attendees to move from one area to the next. “Our flagship Perfection folders, fully automated with MBO’s Rapidset computerized make-ready system, will command our offering at Graph Expo,”

Digital Finishing — Binding Gets Personal
February 1, 2006

If you needed additional affirmation concerning the importance of digital printing for the industry, the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has proclaimed 2006 as “The Year of Digital Print.” The association is planning a full year of activities, events, publications and educational efforts to encourage printers to explore digital printing, expand their current levels of involvement, or embrace the full potential of digital printing for their companies. For firms that have already begun the trek down the digital path, the need to finish this digitally produced work has become even more important than in the past. According to “The Market for Print Finishing Technologies,”

PRINT 05 Binding & Finishing -- Bound to Please
October 1, 2005

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor Getting customers to stop by their booth was the No. 1 challenge facing manufacturers, suppliers and distributors during PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 in Chicago. Be it food, beverages, magicians or professional pool players, those exhibiting knew that getting one's attention was as critical as spreading their company's gospel. This is particularly true for those purveyors of binding and finishing equipment, which offer such a vast array of products and services that it's easy for attentions to get divided. The key was in seeing those attentions get conquered. For example, Standard Finishing Systems and Horizon International made a

Digital Finishing — Back End Boosters
May 1, 2005

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor Digital printing, by all accounts, isn't what it was even two years ago. Likewise, any similarity between today's digital printing presses/output devices and short-term future technologies will be purely coincidental. Scratch that last statement, for there's one notable exception: the quality of digital printing already has improved and is certainly on the fast track to mainstream acceptance for any type of job, not just those pigeonholed as "digital friendly" applications. More commercial applications are continuously being realized. The masses have certainly gotten that point and are mobilizing the back end of the operation with equipment geared toward the finish

BINDERY matters
May 1, 2005

Show Shines for Manufacturers ORLANDO—With 150 exhibit spaces of machines and services at Orlando Graphics 2005, held in April, enthusiasm for 2006 has already been expressed with 98 percent commitment by this year's exhibitors. "The quality of visitors, not the quantity, is what generates business for us," says Hans Max, president and CEO of MBO America, an exhibitor at the show. "We were extremely satisfied not only with the immediate sales, but the followup sales and leads produced by Orlando Graphics." MBO ran demonstrations allowing visitors to see more than 20 multiple-machine configurations bringing improved production to the pressroom or bindery. There was excitement over MBO's

Mechanical Binding — Bound for Success
March 1, 2004

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor In one of many hilarious episodes from the long-running animated hit television series, "The Simpsons," bartender Moe Szyslak is hammering a crayon up Homer Simpson's nose to restore his less-than-Hawkingesque intelligence level to subpar standards. Don't ask why. During the hammering, viewers can witness Homer's digressing intelligence as the crayon is pushed deeper into his brain. At one point during the hammering, Homer mindlessly blathers, "de-fense, de-fense," but the deeper, more acceptable (and thus dumber) level Moe reaches with the crayon (it's called a "Crayola Oblongata") causes Homer to utter, "Extended warranty? How can I lose?" We'll not debate the merits of parts

Paper Cutters — Slicing Time, Not Fingers
August 1, 2003

By Erik Cagle KISS is the word that best describes the modern day movement in regard to the manufacture of paper cutting systems: Keep It Simple and Safe. Safety may be to cutting what flour is to baking—an essential ingredient—but automation considerations cannot be ignored when weighing the purchase of a standalone cutter or complete system. In fact, with manufacturers adhering to U.S. and international safety guidelines, ease-of-use may spell the difference between products A, B and C. "Automating the backgauge movement on a cutter helps improve efficiency, makeready times, consistency and accuracy of the cut," points out Don Dubuque, marketing manager for Standard

On-Demand Finishing — One-stop Shops
April 1, 2003

By Erik Cagle How important is turnaround time in an on-demand, digital printing environment? Moreover, how critical is it to accommodate short-run finishing needs without outsourcing? Just ask Tom O'Brien, president of Greenville, NC-based AccuCopy, a digital printing operation with annual sales in the $10 million range. "We are in a fairly remote area, geographically," O'Brien says. "We couldn't afford the time it would take to send jobs out for finishing, given that they would have to travel several hundred miles to make it to the nearest trade bindery." AccuCopy, which is slated to move into a new 70,000-square-foot facility this spring, utilizes three Xerox DocuTech 6155s

Value-Added Services — Banking on Binding
March 1, 2003

by chris bauer With the economy stubbornly refusing to shift back to the economically favorable gear of a few years ago, commercial printers continue to search for ways to make a buck. One opportunity many printers have found is to provide more ancillary services, including expanded finishing options. According to recent data from the Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS), the current competitive business climate has forced many operations to diversify and adopt new products and services to remain profitable. As such, respondents to the PIA/GAMIS survey reported that nearly $1 out of every $7 earned