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Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Wrinkles, dog ears, jams, tears folding is one bindery application that, traditionally, has required a great deal of operator skill. Tiny pharmaceutical packages, maps and other miniature products compound the challenge. The right machinery can go a long way toward easing production bottlenecks and ensuring the job is done well, without waste. Here are some of the latest specialty folders for miniature

The cutting edge

Nov 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

For customers, cutting is a necessary evil, says Rob Kuehl, director of product management, POLAR, Heidelberg USA, Inc. (Kennesaw, GA). But no matter how much you hotrod your prepress workflow or supercharge your pressroom, nothing will race out the door unless your bindery can keep pace. Cutting takes time and labor at the end of the production cycle. Automation can rev up turnaround, save money

On the go at Graph Expo

Oct 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Graph Expo takes place Oct. 26-29, 2008, in Chicago. It's the biggest U.S. graphic arts event of the year, with upwards of 31,000 people expected to jam the aisles at McCormick Place to see more than 600 exhibitors. Here are some show highlights. More to come! Expanded range of sheefed inks Van Son Holland Ink's (Islandia, NY) VS series of commercial sheetfed printing inks supports faster makereadies

All-around PUR

Aug 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

With the ongoing trend toward short runs, sophisticated postpress techniques are migrating downstream. Even polyurethane reactive adhesive (PUR), once found exclusively on high-volume perfect binders, is popping up on small-format equipment. RIT professor emeritus Werner Rebsamen wrote in his Drupa 2008 review to the Library Binding Institute (, On-demand and customized printing

Flexible folders

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Your standard-issue folder could be a print finishing jack-of-all-trades. Equipment manufacturers are improving the modularity of these machines, adding automation features and updating the available accessories. With these new capabilities, operators can streamline the production of standard jobs and tackle work they couldn't do in the past. Folders have to be increasingly versatile to justify an

The whole package

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Lake County Press (LCP), a $51 million, 250-employee shop in Waukegan, IL, always has added value to its conventional print jobs by offering in-house diecutting. But as the company grew and earned a reputation for its specialty diecuts and packaging, more and more diecutting had to be sent out to trade shops. Last year, the company took steps to both increase this value added segment of the business

Speed, accuracy & innovation

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Drupa is just around the corner as this 125th anniversary issue of AMERICAN PRINTER goes to press. Several postpress equipment manufacturers some of which are celebrating anniversaries, themselves have given us a preview of the products they will launch at the show. Some are keeping their newest products under wraps until the show opens, May 29, so we will continue our coverage in upcoming issues.

Cut to the chase

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) distributes Polar equipment in the United States. Polar, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, will be in Heidelberg's booth, showcasing solutions for cutting and trimming, automation, label production and networking. Several new introductions target larger sheet sizes, such as those produced on Heidelberg's new XL 145 (41.73 57.09 in.) and XL 162 (47.24 63.78 in.).

Crossing the finish line

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Just over a year ago, Spiral of Ohio, based in Cleveland, OH, and Action Bindery of Norcross, GA, near Atlanta, rebranded themselves as Finish Line Binderies. After their merger in 2002, the companies operated mostly independently. Although pleased with the results of the first years of combined operations, company co-owner and CEO John Helline had a feeling he was leaving opportunity on the table.

Hot stuff

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Nothing says like foil stamping. A foil-enhanced greeting card says you cared enough to spend a little more. Savvy package designers have taken a shine to it a little bit of gleaming foil is just the thing to help their wares catch shoppers' eyes. Foil also can be used to combat fraud you'll find it on many tags and tickets. Foil stamping begins with the heating of a die mounted on a platen. Foil

Digital demand

Feb 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

The On Demand Conference & Exposition ( is right around the corner. More than 10,000 print-for-profit, corporate in-plant and publishing professionals will descend upon the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center March 3-6 to learn how to establish, manage, market and grow their printing business with the latest digital printing technology and automatic finishing solutions. For

To Preserve & Protect

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Wide-format laminator Distributed by Neschen Americas (Elkridge, MD), the SEAL 62 Pro Series offers a professional laminator with industrial performance. Featuring fully adjustable temperature, speed and pressure settings, the 62 Pro is said to be ideal for an experienced user who requires a highly versatile laminator. The SEAL 62 Pro Series is capable of running a wider range of media and can generate

All for one

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

MBO hosts multivendor mailing, print and finishing event MBO America's (Westampton, NJ) annual Open House included exhibits, presentations and demonstrations from Buskro, Baumer hhs, Bograma, Buhrs, Colter&Peterson, Delphax, Ehret, H&H, HiFlex, HP, Hohner, KBA, Kodak and Kodak Up Front, Lake Image Systems, Longford, Muller Martini, Oce, Palamides, Ricoh/IBM, and United Graphic Systems. Visitors saw

Big Finish

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

As noted in our July issue (Iron Giants) there's a definite VLF press buzz. Some commercial printers are pushing beyond the 40-inch format to achieve production efficiencies and access new markets. KBA (Williston, VT), MAN Roland (Westmont, IL), and Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses USA (MLP USA) (Lincolnshire, IL) currently offer VLF equipment; Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) will introduce the Speedmaster

Neatly folded

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Integrated creasing and folding for digital printers Morgana Systems' (Marietta, GA) DigiFold reportedly is the world's first integrated creaser and folder, combining Morgana's blade and matrix creasing technology with a new folding method that will not mark or scratch sensitive materials. It can work in two ways: as a single-pass, integrated creaser/folder or as a stand-alone creaser. Rather than

An upward Spiral

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Rapid Bind's John Goch saw a great opportunity when he purchased a fledgling three-person operation in 1980, but he never could have foreseen how the business would grow. The Portland, Oregon-based bindery was established in 1977 with just two people and some used equipment occupying a humble 1,500-sq.-ft. rental space. Thirty years after opening, Rapid Bind Inc. has evolved into a thriving postpress

Plan ahead

Oct 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Christopher Lien

Undeliverable As Addressed (UAA) mail is a billion-dollar problem for commercial mailers including those in the printing business who provide mailing and fulfillment services to their clients. It costs the United States Postal Service (USPS) more than $1.8 billion each year to forward, return or, in many cases, dispose of this well intentioned but poorly addressed mail. In fact, a recent study done

Shrink to fit

Sep 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Blanks Printing & Imaging's (Dallas) fulfillment division knows how to perform quick changeovers. Its jobs run from hundreds to millions of pieces, from business cards to poster-size prints. With can do teamwork, the company's fulfillment group has plenty of tricks up its sleeve, like keeping some equipment on casters to facilitate quick reconfigurations. Fulfillment manager Diane Allison also credits

Keeping score

Sep 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Remember Dan Aykroyd's Bass-o-Matic sketch on Saturday Night Live? It comes with 10 interchangeable rotors, a nine-month guarantee, and a booklet, Aykroyd promised in the breathless tradition of pitchman Ron Popeil. You'll never have to scale, cut or gut again! The inline options offered for scoring, perfing and cutting on folders and other finishing devices don't quite dice, slice or chop, but they

Unchained Productivity

Aug 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Once considered the biggest bottleneck in print production, the bindery is achieving new heights in productivity. Equipment manufacturers are improving the level of automation and enabling greater workflow integration with prepress and the pressroom. Modular stitcher components and new equipment configuration options are enabling postpress operators to perform quick job changeovers and get more product