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Speedy and reliable saddlestitching

Sep 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

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

PRINT 01: Postpress trends

Aug 14, 2001 12:00 AM,

Exhibitors at Print 01, Sept. 6-13 at McCormick Place (Chicago), will highlight a variety of solutions for greater productivity, more cost efficiency, and the ability to bind and finish jobs in shorter runs, on demand. Short-run finishing Standard Finishing Systems will focus on the short-run, quick changeover drive to automate the bindery. The company will highlight a new 15-clamp perfect binder

PLATEMAKER and PROOFER: a two-in-one system

Aug 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

THE PROOFS USE THE SAME PAPER AS THE FINAL PRINTED PIECE, FURTHER BOLSTERING CUSTOMER CONFIDENCE Great Lakes Graphics (Skokie, IL) is a 60-employee, 65,000-sq.-ft. operation, specializing in packaging, brochures, annual reports and posters. Last summer, owner Vlado Bjelopetrovich challenged the prepress staff to find new technology that would enhance the company's position as a high-quality printer.

What's new with glue?

Jun 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Allison K. McLean, Associate editor |

Gluing systems have come a long way since the days when a hypodermic veterinary needle was the main conduit for applying glue to paper. The systems of yore could be a real pain: They typically demanded extensive setup and cleaning, and required skilled operators. At high speeds, glue application was unreliable and maddeningly imprecise. Glue systems

UV printing shines

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

Hybrid inks deliver distinctive, high-gloss, high-quality products When it comes to complex printing jobs, Quality Graphics Center doesn't shy away. Whether it's eight-, 10- or even 12-color work, we don't back off. We take pride in being able to take on difficult jobs that some printers avoid, says Ed Sadler, plant manager for Quality Graphics Center, Inc., a commercial printer that has been operating


May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, AP Staff

Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Domtar Inc. today announced that the companies have signed a letter of intent for Domtar to acquire a portion of Georgia-Pacific’s pulp and paper business. The proposed purchase price and other terms were not disclosed pending final agreement between the parties. The assets involved are Georgia-Pacific’s stand-alone uncoated fine paper mills at Ashdown, AR.; Nekoosa and Port

So many adhesive choices

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Werner Rebsamen, contributing editor and RIT professor

Although many different types of adhesives are available, EVA-based hot melts, such as those offered by National Starch and Chemical and H.B. Fuller are the most common. Many hardcover and layflat books are bound with water-based poly vinyl acetate (PVA) adhesives. Difficult-to-bind papers, such as glossy stocks with ink bleeding into the gutter (annual reports), are bound with polyurethane reactive

Peering into better business

Apr 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY ALLISON K. MCLEAN Assistant editor |

Printers can be challenged, supported and empowered in peer groups THE ROUTINE CAN BE PRETTY GRUELING: EACH DAY BEGINS AT 6:30 OR 7 A.M., AND PARTICIPANTS DON'T GO TO DINNER UNTIL 7 P.M. A word of warning to the uninitiated: Peer groups are not for everyone. Be willing to check your ego in at the door, and your experience in a peer group could prove beneficial. Rationalize your way of doing business

Folders: Smarter, faster, friendlier

Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Samantha Hoover, Associate editor |

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,

What a sales rep wants, needs

Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY M. RICHARD VINOCUR Contributing editor |

Having spent a good deal of my career selling advertising in business-to-business magazines, I have a great deal of empathy for the guy or gal who sells printing. I can still remember more than 40 years ago when I was first asked to sell. I had studied journalism and had worked for about six months or so as an editor. When my publisher first asked me to move into sales, I declined. I told him I knew

Tapping into knowledge

Feb 1, 2001 12:00 AM, DEBBIE JOHNSON

Kimberly Becker is a big fan of the Morgan Press Printing Guide. "I have practically worn it out; I use it all the time," says Becker, of Kimberly Becker Graphic Design (Ayer, MA).The Morgan Press Printing Guide is a 44-page reference that presents a tremendous amount of valuable information for any print buyer, whether a senior art director or a small-business owner. The reference was created by

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

Jan 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Samantha Hoover, Senior editor |

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,



Carton Craft is distributing the PrintLine RSP Inline System, a creasing, cutting and perforating system currently for use on 40-inch Heidelberg Speedmaster presses. The product, developed in Germany in cooperation with Heidelberg, enables printers to print and finish jobs inline at full press speed. A grid sheet is put on a base plate, then wrapped around the impression cylinder. Offset creasing

A shipping solution


The John Roberts Co. is a full-service commercial printer that has earned its sterling reputation the old-fashioned way: by doing quality work at a competitive price and providing outstanding customer service. The Minneapolis-based printing company was established 48 years ago. Today it produces everything from glossy, four-color brochures and annual reports to menus, catalogues, and specialty projects

Introducing a new level of bookletmaking productivity


When it comes to high-speed collating and bookletmaking, nothing beats the Duplo System 4000. This completely integrated system raises the bar for efficiency, flexibility and ease of operation in collating and bookletmaking production - not to mention reliability and return on investment.System 4000 Duplo's top-of-the-line collating and bookletmaking system, the System 4000, is ideal for all types


Sep 1, 2000 12:00 AM, SAMANTHA HOOVER

Now more user-friendly and versatile, the new generation of folder-gluers still demand that you do your homework for the best fitA commercial printer's decision to invest in folding-gluing equipment is often rooted in the desire to take complete control of the printed product."Commercial printers are saying, `If I'm printing enough of this work, why don't I bring its finishing in house, where I can


Jul 1, 2000 12:00 AM, DON PIONTEK

New digital presses are driving finish-on-demand developments.Do you POD (print on-demand) or FOD? Look for these acronyms to become part of your daily language as the market for digital printing and "on-demand" finishing accelerates. Industry experts say that digital printing now accounts for 25 percent of the total print marketplace. That number is growing almost exponentially as new technologies


May 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Stanley Lipinski

Many innovative and user-friendly concepts have been engineered into today's bindery and finishing machines. But the search for efficiency and productivity goes beyond equipment capital investment and subsequent monthly payments. Productivity improvements are driven by the leadership responsible for shaping a company's culture. This article will look at the basics of bindery operations: man, machine,


Feb 1, 2000 12:00 AM, David L. Zwang

Technological change usually happens in three stages: the creation and introduction of new tools, optimization of those tools and, finally, redesign of the complete process. These stages don't necessarily occur sequentially, but rather, they often overlap. Once the technology is introduced, however, further development and changing user needs feed off one another.In the prepress and printing industry,

So many books, so little time

Jan 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

One bindery expert describes high-speed stitching as "the art of taking a loose sheet of paper from Point A to Point B in a controlled fashion despite the fact that the paper is moving up and down and back and forth in an uncontrolled fashion." So how do you win the paper chase? You need well-designed and well-maintained equipment, high- quality signatures and trained operators. Most importantly,