Stop counting. Start competing.

Bean counters may disagree, but the economics of our business rarely bend. Printing and print finishing operations must purchase raw materials, process them in specific finishing lines, and add labor to produce a finished product. And, there’s little wiggle-room when it comes to these costs.  In general, raw material pricing…

Bean counters may disagree, but the economics of our business rarely bend. Printing and print finishing operations must purchase raw materials, process them in specific finishing lines, and add labor to produce a finished product. And, there’s little wiggle-room when it comes to these costs.  In general, raw material pricing…

A premier book manufacturer that optimizes the “people factor.”

Some month’s back, I wrote about one of my clients, Friesens Corporation, who had replaced an aging casing inline system with the Diamant MC. It was a particularly gratifying experience for me, in part because Friesens chose Muller Martini over another manufacturer that they had used for decades. As the…

Some month’s back, I wrote about one of my clients, Friesens Corporation, who had replaced an aging casing inline system with the Diamant MC. It was a particularly gratifying experience for me, in part because Friesens chose Muller Martini over another manufacturer that they had used for decades. As the…

A book of few or many? To achieve optimum efficiency, one finishing solution must do it all.

As someone who worked on the service side for twenty years, I’ve been a witness to tremendous industry change. Thus, one of the most consistent questions I heard from customers was how could they best prepare for “unpredictability;” that is, should they continue with only conventional printing methods, or migrate…

As someone who worked on the service side for twenty years, I’ve been a witness to tremendous industry change. Thus, one of the most consistent questions I heard from customers was how could they best prepare for “unpredictability;” that is, should they continue with only conventional printing methods, or migrate…

Operator training? It might be one of the best investments you can make.

In a period of significant shortage of skilled personnel and aging industry demographics, a lot of effort is made to provide a work environment that is welcoming and rewarding, particularly when trying to attract a new, talented and young workforce. Investing in operator training can be one of the most important…

In a period of significant shortage of skilled personnel and aging industry demographics, a lot of effort is made to provide a work environment that is welcoming and rewarding, particularly when trying to attract a new, talented and young workforce. Investing in operator training can be one of the most important…

Binding for our future.

As we enter fall, I am reminded of the back-to-school hustle I used to do with my children, as well as their excitement when receiving textbooks. It warms my heart to know our industry provides kids with tools to build their futures.  Starting early with Ranger Rick magazines, all the…

As we enter fall, I am reminded of the back-to-school hustle I used to do with my children, as well as their excitement when receiving textbooks. It warms my heart to know our industry provides kids with tools to build their futures.  Starting early with Ranger Rick magazines, all the…

Shortcuts make long delays.

When there is trouble with your print finishing equipment, it is very tempting to take the easy way out when trying to make the repair. The title of this blog post is a line uttered by the character, Pippin Took, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.  He is…

When there is trouble with your print finishing equipment, it is very tempting to take the easy way out when trying to make the repair. The title of this blog post is a line uttered by the character, Pippin Took, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.  He is…

Carl Larsen. A company legend. And my friend.

Even though we all strive to forge our own paths, many of us have had the good fortune to have a mentor.  And, if you are like me, you have had more than a few from whom you’ve chosen traits that helped to meld you into the person, husband, father,…

Even though we all strive to forge our own paths, many of us have had the good fortune to have a mentor.  And, if you are like me, you have had more than a few from whom you’ve chosen traits that helped to meld you into the person, husband, father,…

Presto II Digital Saddle Stitcher. A “right-angle” turn for the better.

At a recent meeting, a customer asked if some of their complex products could be produced on our Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. I arranged a demonstration at our factory so that the customer was able to witness first-hand the Presto II’s capabilities. Our service engineers set up the Presto…

At a recent meeting, a customer asked if some of their complex products could be produced on our Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. I arranged a demonstration at our factory so that the customer was able to witness first-hand the Presto II’s capabilities. Our service engineers set up the Presto…