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May 3, 2002 12:00 AM
Muller Martini's (Hauppauge, NY) Optima saddlestitcher has passed its beta test at Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI) with flying colors.
"We put the Optima into a long-run environment, with four to five million piece jobs the norm," says Bill Graushar, finishing manager at Quad/Graphics. "Our objective was to test the mechanics and reliability of Optima. It passed with high marks."
The beta-test Optima was configured as a 16-pocket system with flat pile feeders and a split mail table with two stackers. It featured a QTI finishing control system to provide inkjet personalization capabilities.
The Optima did not replace an existing saddlestitcher in the Quad bindery and was not placed on the regular production schedule. That enabled the testing team to run a wide range of jobs. "Sometimes we picked the gravy work and at other times we selected the most difficult work," Graushar says. "We ran everything from 8 x 10 7/8-inch standard upright work to double digest jobs." All Optima models feature a central touchscreen control console that simplifies operation with advancements such as online operator guidance. The system's optimizer graphically shows the operator where to make adjustments to improve the production of the current job. Decentralized control modules are located throughout the machine to facilitate direct operator intervention.
"The makereadies were smooth and went well," Graushar recalls. "And even though our operator was new to the machine, the makereadies were a little faster."
The Optima will be available for release in fall of 2002.