Achieving a quality spine: Don’t ignore these tools – or you may pay dearly!

Behind ink on paper, the printed word, and the stunning images found in a book, lies the critical binding step, “spine preparation.” Far too often, spine preparation tools are not properly maintained or forgotten about. If ignored too long, or not properly configured, the binding process can become compromised or…

Behind ink on paper, the printed word, and the stunning images found in a book, lies the critical binding step, “spine preparation.” Far too often, spine preparation tools are not properly maintained or forgotten about. If ignored too long, or not properly configured, the binding process can become compromised or…

What comprises a quality saddle-stitched product? Today’s automated quality control systems ensure customer-saving results.

When I was a young bindery manager, a customer service representative handed me a stack of books, all with signatures in the wrong order. Naturally, the rep was upset. The order was for an important customer—and the books had been delivered to their office. I then surveyed the skids of…

When I was a young bindery manager, a customer service representative handed me a stack of books, all with signatures in the wrong order. Naturally, the rep was upset. The order was for an important customer—and the books had been delivered to their office. I then surveyed the skids of…

The Simple, Cost-Effective Way to Produce PUR Books with Confidence

Tired of the hassle and cost associated with producing a few hundred to a couple of thousand PUR-bound books a day?  Are you throwing away more adhesive at the end of a job than what was used to run the books through the binder?  Do you cross your fingers every…

Tired of the hassle and cost associated with producing a few hundred to a couple of thousand PUR-bound books a day?  Are you throwing away more adhesive at the end of a job than what was used to run the books through the binder?  Do you cross your fingers every…

Lending a Helping Hand in a Competitive World.

In order to meet critical deadlines, printers everywhere must make every minute count. Case in point: The other day I received a distressed call from a customer about a broken belt, a key component that allows the machine to operate properly. The customer had already called our parts department, but…

In order to meet critical deadlines, printers everywhere must make every minute count. Case in point: The other day I received a distressed call from a customer about a broken belt, a key component that allows the machine to operate properly. The customer had already called our parts department, but…

Reduce Operator Error—and Costly Waste—By Optimizing Your Digital Workflows.

The opportunities afforded by digital print manufacturing are well documented. The ability to process products in small quantities, even a book of one, is of great benefit not only to its publisher, but also to the end user who receives more personally relevant content. However, such unpredictability—be it in run…

The opportunities afforded by digital print manufacturing are well documented. The ability to process products in small quantities, even a book of one, is of great benefit not only to its publisher, but also to the end user who receives more personally relevant content. However, such unpredictability—be it in run…

Growing Trade Printer Steps-Up its Finishing Capabilities

As fiscal 2018 steadily moves toward the Fourth Quarter, we are seeing various, different printing plants decide that this is a good time to re-invest since they can offer increased capabilities, at new, affordable pricing. Not to mention, they can also improve both makereadies and throughput, while providing new In-house…

As fiscal 2018 steadily moves toward the Fourth Quarter, we are seeing various, different printing plants decide that this is a good time to re-invest since they can offer increased capabilities, at new, affordable pricing. Not to mention, they can also improve both makereadies and throughput, while providing new In-house…

Today’s Newspaper and Mailroom Mantra? Make What’s Old New Again.

As newspaper revenues declined, capital investment in new post-press equipment came to a halt since the need for new technology to meet tighter deadlines was no longer necessary.  The result? Equipment, from press conveyors to inserting machines to bundle distribution equipment, is aging.  And, that is why newspapers are now…

As newspaper revenues declined, capital investment in new post-press equipment came to a halt since the need for new technology to meet tighter deadlines was no longer necessary.  The result? Equipment, from press conveyors to inserting machines to bundle distribution equipment, is aging.  And, that is why newspapers are now…

Here’s One of the Most Cost-Effective Upgrades for an Aging Adhesive Binding Line.

Muller Martini and Kolbus adhesive binding lines produce hundreds of millions of books over their lifetime. And, with a variety of effective support options, these lines can be kept in production for a very long time, continuing to provide excellent service to their owners.   As the industry changes and…

Muller Martini and Kolbus adhesive binding lines produce hundreds of millions of books over their lifetime. And, with a variety of effective support options, these lines can be kept in production for a very long time, continuing to provide excellent service to their owners.   As the industry changes and…