Faster bookletmaking 

May 01, 2003

When Gene Joynt founded American Business Printing (ABP) as a business-forms company in 1977, he adopted a simple credo: Do whatever it takes to serve the customer. In its early years, the York, PA, shop's primary clients were the state of Pennsylvania and federal agencies. The work was fairly straightforward, consisting mostly of continuous-run, snap-set business forms produced on ABP's Didde roll-to-sheet

Tight staples and square spines 

Apr 01, 2003

BIA honors outstanding binding and stitching Each year, the Binding Industries Assn. International (BIA) (Chicago) recognizes exceptional binding and finishing applications with its Product of Excellence (POE) Awards. The judges rate entries on degree of difficulty, uniqueness of design, and quality of workmanship and materials, in categories ranging from folding, stitching and perfect binding to

9 ideas for better on-demand binding 

Mar 01, 2003

On-demand projects offer different finishing challenges than long-run, high-volume jobs. Quick setup and turnaround times are essential poor planning will severely impact production schedules. Saddlestitching, perfect binding and mechanical binding all have different layout and trim requirements, which may affect how the book is printed. The same is true for other finishing processes, such as folding,

Avoiding on-demand paper pitfalls 

Mar 01, 2003

Tips to minimize or solve paper problems related to digital printing

Smarter folding 

Feb 01, 2003

Short runs, faster-turnaround demands and a shrinking supply of skilled bindery professionals have focused printers' folder requirements squarely on quick setup, changeover and makeready. And manufacturers have been quick to respond with systems that provide automated fold setup; storage of previous jobs; adjustment of plates, roller gaps, alignment rails and other components all controlled from a


Jan 01, 2003

The latest on laminators and laminating


Oct 01, 2002

Inline finishing devices range from pre-folders, plow folders, perforating units, diecutters, slitters, rotary trimmers, inkjet imagers, and imprinting and mechanical numbering devices to gluers and special chemical applicators. Complete systems are offered by Innotech (Valley Cottage, NY), Scheffer Inc. (Merrillville, IN), Western Printing Machinery (WPM) (Schiller Park, IL) and Systems Technology

MATERIALS HANDLING: the bindery's best-kept secret 

Sep 01, 2002

Materials handling is often an afterthought after a company installs a new press or bindery equipment, jobs start piling up in the bindery because its materials-handling solutions aren't fast enough to keep up. But, some printers don't grasp the wider implications of inefficient materials handling. This is a major activity that adds no value to the product, just additional costs, observe A. John Geis

Avoiding common cutting mistakes 

Sep 01, 2002

Some printers try to keep as much work in-house as possible. Do yourself a favor and keep the cutting and binding portions of your jobs together. This will reduce unproductive finger pointing and increase vendor accountability. If printers cut jobs prior to outsourcing other postpress operations, they have by default accepted at least partial responsibility for the overall quality of the project.

Midrange saddlestitchers 

Aug 01, 2002

Users' expectations for midrange saddlestitchers run a wide, sometimes paradoxical, gamut. They need to be speedy, but flexible enough to accommodate a variety of applications and run lengths; they should be easy to make ready, but shouldn't be equipped with cost-prohibitive automation. Fortunately, there are a variety of midrange options that allow printers to select a system best-suited to their

Better bookletmakers 

Jul 01, 2002

Bookletmakers are better than ever, largely because yesterday's friction-feed machines have been replaced by today's vacuum suckers. Vacuum suckers don't mark, declares Mark Beard, president of Finishbinders, Inc. (Des Moines, IA), a full-service trade bindery. Printers can run a wide variety of stock on bookletmakers, ranging from carbon paper and carbonless forms to enamel, onionskin and 10-pt.

avoiding paper pitfalls 

Jun 01, 2002

Who knew that baseball pitchers and binderies face the same challenges? The Colorado Rockies recently announced a new scheme to cut down on home runs: The team is storing its baseballs in a temperature-controlled chamber to prevent them from drying out. According to one sportswriter, the idea is to make the balls easier for pitchers to grip and harder for batters to hit out of the ballpark. Similarly,


May 01, 2002

Poly wrapping, or poly bagging, involves wrapping a single sheet of film around a book, magazine or catalog. It usually does not involve shrinking the polyethylene film around the package. (Shrink wrapping refers to wrapping and heat-shrinking products in olefin film.) Protection and postal savings are two key motives for poly bagging a publication. Subscribers expect their magazines to arrive unravaged

Seeking speedy and specialized stitching 

Apr 01, 2002

At rated speeds of 15,000 cycles per hour (cph) and above, high-speed saddlestitchers are fast and that point should not be understated. Whether the stitching run numbers in the millions, or as low as a couple hundred thousand, the goal is to get it done fast. Ironically, at the 2001 R&E Council bindery seminar, Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI) president and CEO Harry Quadracci noted that maximum speeds

Almost perfect 

Apr 01, 2002

Publication and catalog printers deal in perfect-binding speeds of about 8,000 or 10,000 cycles per hour (cph) and up. The major high-speed perfect-binder vendors include Heidelberg Web Systems, Inc. (Dover, NH), Mller Martini (Hauppauge, NY) and Kolbus (Mahwah, NJ). Heidelberg's Universal Binder (UB) 2 is rated at 12,000 cph to 20,000 cph. Mller offers five models of its Corona binder at speeds of

Binding hardcover books on demand 

Mar 01, 2002

In the mid-1970s, book manufacturers typically stored books for publishers. For example, a major New Jersey book manufacturer had 26 million books in its warehouse mostly Disney and Dr. Seuss titles. Maintaining high inventories was inefficient and costly, but the technology at the time left little choice. There was no computer-controlled or servo-motor-driven hardcover binding equipment. It took

On-demand finishing options 

Mar 01, 2002

When Xerox introduced the DocuTech in the early 1990s, it created a new kind of printing: on demand. This breakthrough also ushered in new finishing challenges. On-demand finishing obviously must be done quickly but printers can't skimp on accuracy or quality, either. On a variable-data job, each piece is unique; a zero-tolerance waste strategy is a must. And it doesn't matter how fast you can print

Improving the cutting process 

Feb 01, 2002

Cutting is the heart and soul of most printers' production process paper often must be cut before, as well as after, it goes through the press. And printers are constantly cutting stocks to different sizes. But it's labor-intensive depending on the application, the paper may need to be lifted, jogged, aerated, turned and repeatedly moved. Material-handling and cutter upgrades reportedly can yield

Folder basics 

Jan 01, 2002

This article is an online sidebar to "A new breed of floor-model folders," January 2001. There are two basic types of folds and folders. Buckle folders make parallel folds. Often used for leaflets and brochures, a parallel fold involves making two or more folds in a sheet where the folds are oriented in the same direction. Knife folders make right-angle folds. A right-angle fold involves making a

A new breed of floor-model folders 

Jan 01, 2002

There's good folding news and bad folding news. First, the bad news: Paper is still unpredictable. Even famed psychic Madam Cleo couldn't tell you exactly how humidity, inks and sheet-weight variances will impact a specific substrate. Skilled folder operators also remain on the endangered species list. Now the good news: Although floor-model folders still require some manual adjustments, postpress

Applying ergonomics in postpress operations 

Oct 01, 2001

A discussion about safety in the printing industry is remiss without a look at ergonomic considerations, as the two are inextricably linked. By definition, ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging objects or equipment with the physical and psychological health of users in mind. Ergonomics has recently become an industry buzzword, mainly because of the Occupational Safety

Inkjet Options 

Oct 01, 2001

Continuous-stream inkjet has proved itself for years in the printing industry for a variety of applications. Magazine and catalog printers utilize inkjet for applying addresses and messages to covers, as well as addressing inside order forms. In the tag, ticket and label printing arena, inkjet systems installed on narrow web presses offer a cost-effective and efficient means of printing variable data.

Speedy and reliable saddlestitching 

Sep 01, 2001

Customers of Capital Printing Corp. tend to walk away satisfied. The 17-year-old Middlesex, NJ, printer prides itself on finding solutions for its clients. We never, ever say no, says Todd Zolla, production coordinator. It's just a matter of figuring out a way to get it done. Capital's primary client base consists of major corporations and Fortune 500 companies. With a full range of prepress, press

Faster finishing for quick printers 

Aug 01, 2001

VENDORS ARE INTRODUCING INLINE FINISHING SOLUTIONS THAT OFFER PRODUCTION EFFICIENCIES FOR SMALLER RUNS Entry-level bindery equipment gets sophisticated The quick-print bindery is undergoing a transformation. Formerly an afterthought to the print shop's main business of offset printing and copying, binding and finishing capabilities are assuming greater importance among quick-print customers. In response,


Jul 01, 2001

Today's midrange saddlestitchers reflect two key industry trends: a severe shortage of skilled operators, and declining print runs. Features previously found only on high-speed stitchers automatic setup, signature recognition and tool-less automation have migrated to midrange models. Selective stitching and inkjetting are also moving beyond high-volume operations to midsize and smaller printers' stitching