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Speedy and reliable saddlestitching

Sep 1, 2001 12:00 AM


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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 and postpress equipment, the printer is equipped with the tools necessary to serve its market.

The 100-employee company provides sheetfed and web printing. Its pressroom includes three six-color, 40-inch Heidelberg Speedmasters and an eight-color, coldset half-web. Its bindery offers scoring, collating, folding, stitching, trimming, hole-punching and shrink-wrapping. Capital also provides complete mailing services, including envelopes, inserting and labeling.

The company recently purchased a Vijuk 321-T saddlestitcher from Vijuk Equipment, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL). This saddlestitcher was purchased to keep up with production, explains Zolla. He says Vijuk's stitcher was an ideal choice, because it complements Capital's existing bindery equipment.

Speed and reliability were at the top of Capital's list while shopping for the new saddlestitcher. Zolla says the company compared Vijuk's stitcher with others across the market and found it to be the best value. “As far as speed, it's right up to snuff,” he claims. It has also proved to be reliable — Zolla cites very few issues with the stitcher since its installation eight months ago. An added bonus, according to the exec, is how easily the stitcher can be serviced: “We're able to push and pull parts, like suction cups, easily.”

INSTALLING THE STITCHER

Installation of the stitcher was a two-day process with an extra day for fine-tuning. The 321-T saddlestitcher features a horizontal feeder that handles cards and inserts, a user-friendly console, machine speeds up to 10,000 cph and a programmable quality control system. Its heavy-duty, three-knife trimmer with central lubrication can be accessorized with a fourth and fifth knife center-cut assembly and up to 10 feeder pockets.

Capital runs books ranging from eight to 132 pages on its 321-T, which has a six-pocket-plus-cover configuration. It handles 96 pages at a time.

Depending on the print schedule, Capital stitches 50,000 to 100,000 books per week. The saddlestitcher runs 75 percent to 80 percent of the time. Zolla reports a five-minute makeready when switching between 8.5 × 11-inch books, and up to an hour makeready going from an 8.5 × 11-inch book to a mini booklet.

The saddlestitcher's ease of use is as important to Capital as its speed and reliability. Zolla attributes the stitcher's smooth installation to his employees' technical know-how. Minimal instruction was necessary, because the printer's skilled employees already knew how to set up the machine. In the end, Capital's customers reap the benefits of the skilled crew.

“Our bottom line here is ultimately that everyone is happy and the customer winds up with what they want,” says Zolla. “Be it price, be it quality, be it delivery, we go 190 percent to make it work.”