PERFECT BINDING: Automatic settings aid adhesive operation 

May 01, 2001

New easy-to-use equipment offers quick changeover, fast makeready and flexible feeding mechanisms Increased automation and computerization are the hallmark of the modern bindery, and perfect binding is no exception. Driven partly in response to on-demand printing and partly by lower skill levels in the workforce, both commercial printers and trade binders are using more automated perfect binding equipment

High-speed saddlestitching 

Apr 01, 2001

Beyond speed, printers want value-added services, automation and equipment efficiency Bindery technology develops at a much slower pace than front-end systems, but saddlestitching, a time-honored workhorse finishing service, has recently made some interesting evolutionary strides. Drupa 2000, for example, saw some innovations in the saddlestitching area, including the high-speed market (13,000 cycles

Perfect binding that's slower… but faster 

Mar 01, 2001

Folders: Smarter, faster, friendlier 

Mar 01, 2001

Automation and delivery options minimize makereadies and maximize turnarounds In a mechanical sense, folders are very similar to their predecessors 30 to 40 years ago. In an operational sense, they're an entirely different animal. Folders used to require a skilled, patient operator and a large cushion of time for makeready alone. But a lack of skilled labor, coupled with ever-faster turnaround times,

ATTRACTING INTEREST: THE STATE OF FOD 

Feb 01, 2001

AS ON-DEMAND FINISHING BECOMES AN ESTABLISHED PART OF POSTPRESS OPERATIONS, DIGITAL LANGUAGE STANDARDS, HEAVY-IRON PLAYERS AND MORE EMERGE INTO THE ARENAThe last time we looked at the finishing end of the print-on-demand (POD) market, it was just after Drupa 2000. The blockbuster print show in Dusseldorf, Germany, featured digital print systems from Heidelberg, Xerox, Oce, Xeikon, Karat Digital Press,

Make your bindery a profit center with automation and efficient paper handling 

Jan 01, 2001

The guillotine cutter is the Rodney Dangerfield of most printing plants: It doesn't get much respect. And yet perhaps no piece of equipment - save the press - is as crucial to the success of a job as the cutter."Almost every piece of paper that runs through the bindery touches the cutter at some time or another," notes Mark Hunt, director of marketing at Standard Duplicating Machines Corp. (Andover,