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Book publisher differentiates with Xeikon technology

Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM

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Dunn and Co., a Massachusetts-based company specializing in book printing, binding, folding, laminating, conversions, and repairs, is using the Xeikon 8000 digital color press to differentiate itself from the competition. Dunn and Co. integrated the press into its existing in-house operations, which consist of both digital and offset equipment, using the Xeikon 8000 to print books on demand in short runs.

Brian Newton, v.p. of operations, says the Xeikon 8000 is ideal for printing extremely lightweight book stocks for the education publishing field. "In addition to its substrate handing capabilities, speed and productivity were major considerations for us. We're excited about the potential for the Xeikon 8000 to help grow other pieces of our business."

Founded in 1976, Dunn & Co. occupies a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing space with 150 full-time employees in Clinton, MA. The company has made a name for itself in the large-scale book repair market. Dunn & Co.'s sister company, the Legacy Publishing Group, a wholesale manufacturer of stationery and gift items, has 60 full-time employees and 60,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. Dunn & Co. and Legacy Publishing sell their products in all 50 states.

"Dunn & Co. differentiates itself from its competitors by offering higher efficiency and productivity for low-volume orders, quick turnaround times, and more advanced variable-data capabilities, all of which are the core advantages of the Xeikon 8000," says Michael V. Ring, president of Xeikon America, Inc. "We're excited to partner with such an innovative player in the book printing space."

The Xeikon 8000 runs at speeds of up to 275 letter-size pages per minute and can handle duty cycles up to 10 million pages per month. It handles paper stocks from 27-lb. text (40 gsm) to 122-lb. cover (16-pt. board), providing a range of substrate options to its users. The Xeikon 8000 prints on both sides of the substrate in a single pass (One-Pass-Duplex Technology).