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A profitable loose-leaf partnership

Jun 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Barry Franklin

As competition for print jobs intensifies, many loose-leaf binder manufacturers are partnering with trade finishers to gain an advantage.

Get Inline!

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

Several digital press vendors have recently introduced inline or nearline coating options to protect output against flaking, scuffing and other mail stream maladies. Here’s a sneak preview of some inline and related developments that will be shown at the OnDemand Show this month.

Real books, real fast

May 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

Muller Martini’s SigmaLine is a modular system for producing books on demand. Users can opt for a complete line or partial configurations that may include a high-speed, roll-fed printer with a perfect binder, cooling tower and trimmer.

Online fulfillment

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

We don’t think of ourselves as a printer, but as a communications provider," says Dik Bolger, president of Bolger: Vision Beyond Print, a 200-employee, $26 million printer in Minneapolis. "Printing, along with everything else we do, is a tool to help in communications," he adds.

PUR in every glue pot?

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

What’s in your perfect binder’s glue pot? Many trade binderies and commercial printers are adding polyurethane reactive (PUR) alongside the more familiar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) hot melt and polyvinyl acetate (PVA) cold emulsion adhesives.

Punching & drilling

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien, editor

While many printers know how to throw a punch, very few are aware of what to look for when buying a punch. A drill uses a rotating bit, while a punch uses a reciprocating male and female die that doesn’t rotate. A drill can only be used for round holes, whereas a punch can produce any type of hole: square, oval, round or custom.

A master mailer

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

Anne-Tisdale & Assoc. has evolved from a mailing list broker to an in-house operation offering a complete range of mailshop services. Last year, Anne-Tisdale upgraded to the Rena XPS-3000 console addressing system.

Scratch & Sniff Basics

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Fred Daubert

Lottery tickets and similar game pieces might be the best-known uses of scratch-off and scratch-and-sniff coatings, which provide a great way to build interest in any brand or message. One of the surest ways to get the attention of consumers is to allow them to interact with your message.

Folding, stitching & gluing impossible jobs

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

For 105 years, Rickard Bindery has specialized in jobs best described as almost impossible. "We enable our customers to sell the oddball-goofy-crazy things," says president Jack Rickard. (www.rickardbindery.com)

Be a bolder folder!

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Trish Witkowski

Want to move beyond the same old boring folds? These fresh folding ideas and handy tips can help!

November cover story: Die cutters do more with less, part 2

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

More printers are looking beyond flat printed sheets to an expanding world of die cutting opportunities. Here's a sampling of recent introductions.

November cover story: Die cutters do more with less

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

More printers are looking beyond flat printed sheets to an expanding world of die cutting opportunities. Here's a sampling of recent introductions.

PUR

Oct 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Dr. Hermann Onusseit

The first reactive polyurethane (PUR) hot melts for perfect binding debuted at Drupa 1988. It was an undeniable adhesive achievement, an innovation that promised to push perfect binding beyond ordinary applications and into the dizzying heights of truly difficult jobs. Today, PUR is gaining popularity for use with UV coated papers as well as those with high filler contents. It's also suitable for

Minding the Binding

Oct 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By American Printer Staff

Roswell Bookbinding (Phoenix), founded in 1960 by Mark and Iris Roswell, reportedly offers the widest variety of bookbinding operations in the entire western half of the U.S. From the conservation of a single library book to a million perfect-bound brochures for a luxury auto manufacturer, Roswell's diverse capabilities serve countless publishers, printers and libraries. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility

Making the UP3I digital-print connection

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Dominic Quennell

Most graphic-arts professionals have heard of JDF. But only a few are familiar with an initiative targeting digital printers: the universal printer pre- and post-processing interface (UP3I). The UP3I interface standard helps users integrate and control all prepress, press and postpress systems' data. Functions such as automatic job setup and synchronization, document finishing control, error recovery

How Daily Printing got the binding

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By AMERICAN PRINTER staff

Daily Printing is an $18 million commercial printer located in Plymouth, MN. This past March the company had the best month in its 53-year history. The milestone is attributable to several things. First, there's the people factor. Because Daily Printing is employee-owned, all of its 100 employees have a vested interest in the company's success. You can't ignore good salesmanship, either. Daily Printing's

Smoother sailing for flat mailing

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Marcus J. Smith

Dear Marcus: My clients and I need help preventing in-the-mail damage and slow service affecting larger printed mailpieces, such as catalogs and magazines. Where can I get plain-English guidance on these pieces beyond what's in the Domestic Mail Manual? Thanks! Up to My Elbows in Crumpled Covers Dear Crumpled Covers: You are describing pieces commonly referred to by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

Making the case for a bindery upgrade

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Larry Tanowitz

Barriers to innovation in the bindery have been slow to erode. Over the past few years, much of the resistance has been economic, a function of prevailing market climate, shrinking profit margins, anemic pricing, cash flow strangulation and lack of capital investment. Scarce investment dollars either were not being spent, or were being diverted to upgrade prepress and press operations. Recent data

August cover story: The latest and greatest midrange saddlestitchers

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Leslie Shiers

New saddlestitching upgrades have made some of the bells and whistles of automation available to smaller print shops. Vendors also have improved manual stitchers for optimal output. The different levels of automated equipment on the market mean you can pick and choose the technology you need at the price you want to maximize your ROI. Here we cover the latest midrange saddlestitchers on the market

Short-run saddlestitching: Bridging the gap

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Mark Hunt

Printers with sheetfed presses long have produced saddlestitched booklets using the traditional method of printing multiple-up, perfo- rating and signature folding offline, then loading the eight-, 16- or 32-page signatures into a saddlebinder for gathering, stitching and three-side trimming. Saddlebinding lines can be cumbersome to set up and changeover, and a certain amount of spoilage is inherent,