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Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM

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Smyth sewing for the digital age

Smyth USA ( recently debuted the Digital Sewing Line for inline production of digitally printed books.

  • It can process roll fed or flat sheets from any digital press. The Digital Sewing Line folds, inserts and produces Smyth sewn books in one operation.
  • It's a dual use machine capable of producing hybrid books in any configuration of conventional and digitally produced signatures.
  • Users can operate the Smyth book sewing machine independently from the digital folder as a traditional Smyth book sewing machine, complete with automatic feeder and automatic setups.

And sew it goes: David McConnel Smyth obtained his first patent in 1871. In 1882, the Smyth Manufacturing Co. began production of the sewing machine, resulting in significant progress in bookbinding technology, hence the term “Smyth Sewn.”

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ODM's ( Super Sticker casing-in machine targets high-volume hard cover bookbinding production. The operator places the outside covers on the incoming conveyor belt, sewn book block on the wing (while in the home position) and finished, cased-in hardcover books are delivered on the outgoing conveyor belt. An optional Nordson extra paste attachment is available for additional hot melt adhesive in the joint area.

Southwest Offset chooses Muller inserting line

Southwest Offset Printing equipped its new facility with Muller Martini's ( SLS3000 Series Inserting line. In September, Muller will install the SLS3000 XL12-into 2 configuration in the San Jose, CA, plant. Southwest Offset produces a wide range of daily, weekly and monthly publications; catalogs; and brochures.

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Faster finishing

Heidelberg ( announces the following new product installations:

  • L. Brown and Sons Printing in Barre, VT, recently took delivery of a fully automated, continuous-feed Stahlfolder TH 82 with Level 3 automation, as well as a 6-color Speedmaster CD 74 perfector. This installation marks the next step in the company's move to automate and network as many of its operations as possible via Heidelberg's comprehensive Prinect workflow.
  • Prestige Printing, a general commercial printer in San Antonio, TX, has installed a new Polar 92 X high-speed automated cutter. The new cutter joins the company's existing Polar 78 X. Owner Carlos Hernandez says, “We've been extremely busy and needed a new cutter to keep up with the added volume. Not only can we handle larger sheet sizes up to 35 inches, but the backgauge is faster, and we also we can load up to 5 or 6 inches at a time. Our customer always receive their jobs on time, no matter how crunched we are, but the new Polar cutter has sped up our internal processes tremendously.” Prestige also operates a Stahl USA B20 pallet-fed folder and Saphira consumables.

Standard rolls out new equipment

Standard Finishing Systems ( has installed new feeding and finishing solutions for two new customers:

  • Arvato Digital Services has enhanced its feeding and finishing fleet with new Standard Horizon and Standard Hunkeler solutions in CA and SC.
  • Spektrum Graphics, based in Peekskill, NY, recently purchased a 3-tower Standard Horizon SPF-200A/FC-200A automated bookletmaker with MKU-54 Mobile Knife Folder.