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Oce powers books on demand at IBT Global

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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Océ (Trumbull, CT) announces Integrated Book Technology Inc. (IBT Global) has installed an Océ Digital Book Factory in the Books Intl. distribution center in Dulles, VA.

The integrated “book-of-one” digital production line, the first of its kind to be implemented in the United States, is used to print books to order in quantities as small as one for the world's premier book publishers.

Installed in December 2008, IBT's production line comprises an Océ VarioPrint 6250 digital duplex cutsheet printer to print book pages, and a CP Bourg perfect binder to bind book blocks with perfect-bound covers. A Challenge three-knife trimmer trims book blocks, and a GPSquared semi-automatic case binder helps produce hardcover books. Océ PRISMAproduction software imposes files and enables a smooth, efficient workflow. “We worked with Océ to develop a solution combining a fast, powerful print engine and the post-processing equipment we needed to build a completely inline print-on-demand book line,” says IBT Global CTO William Clockel. “Océ architected the solution, assembled the vendors, and put all the pieces together for us.”

“When we receive an order for multiple titles with different trim sizes and stocks, we can print the books one right after another to keep the order together,” adds IBT director of technology Stephen Pratt. “Instead of picking and packing, we print and manufacture to order.”