Finishing - Digital

The Digital Finishing Challenge
January 28, 2013

As the workloads being assigned to digital continue to grow, the existing "digital" finishing machinery is coming up short. Many (but not all) of the available folders, booklet makers, and binders are a bit light for these higher volumes and compressed production cycles. This has created real opportunity on the finishing end, and a diverse lot of finishing manufacturers are jumping into this space.

Realizing the Elusive ‘Book-of-One’ Production Model
January 14, 2013

Publisher’s of all stripes are after the same goal: an inventory-less workflow in which unique books can be seamlessly printed and bound, one after the other. The capability to do the printing part of that equation is here already.

Labels, Labels, Labels!
January 7, 2013

You may consider it to be part of the general packaging sector, but label printing and finishing require less equipment (in general) than the other markets segments. Your operation may be a better fit for labels than you think.

The Dealer’s Dilemma
January 2, 2013

As the printing industry changes, so too must its dealer network in order to survive. Digital printing systems have now evolved to run 24/7, and at much higher speeds. The existing “digital” binders, stitchers, folders and such were not designed either for these speeds or work volumes.

Hunkeler innovationdays Set to Run Feb 11-15, 2013, in Lucerne, Switzerland
November 20, 2012

Some 80 exhibitors are expected to present their latest products in over 75,000 square feet of exhibition space at Hunkeler innovationdays, from Feb 11-15, 2013, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Integrated total solutions will be demonstrated to address every aspect of workflow, within every industry segment.

Need 100 New Cartons? Come Back in 30 Minutes
October 29, 2012

Digital printing and finishing has clearly transformed the print industry, but it’s also having an equal impact in packaging. A fascinating demonstration at GRAPH EXPO 2012 married a laser diecutter with a short-run folder-gluer to produce small printed cartons.

That Vision Thing, Postpress Style
October 15, 2012

While I didn’t have a whole lot of time to stroll around the show floor during last week’s GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago, one technology caught my eye. Vision, as in machine vision. Such systems are another tool that can be used to ensure consistent, high-quality finished products.

The Finishing Focus at GRAPH EXPO
October 1, 2012

I’ve detected a lot of interest in GRAPH EXPO 2012, and I think attendance will be very good. So what does that mean for finishing? Well, more focus on digital. Rightly so, as the choices of digital print technology continue to expand.

JDF in the Bindery a Work in Progress
September 25, 2012

After 10 years (more, or less) of JDF, where does its adoption stand in the bindery? Well, not so large. There were lots of challenges in getting binders, stitchers, cutters, folders and more to operate seamlessly from downloaded instructions.

Bindery Automation Hits a Peak
September 4, 2012

The bindery has had to become a very creative place as print evolves into an “on demand” service. One of the engineering marvels out there is the “book factory.” Almost all of the major bindery vendors have risen to this challenge to varying degrees.