Finishing 4.0 is the future of finishing: The evolution of print—and printed products—demands a new finishing paradigm.

Today’s game-changing variabilities in the printing process, including inkjet technology and digital print manufacturing, have produced an extraordinarily complex finishing process. At the same time, your customers are demanding both long- and short- runs, including runs of one, as well as high levels of personalization and customization for their products.…

Today’s game-changing variabilities in the printing process, including inkjet technology and digital print manufacturing, have produced an extraordinarily complex finishing process. At the same time, your customers are demanding both long- and short- runs, including runs of one, as well as high levels of personalization and customization for their products.…

Binding is no longer about speed—it’s about efficiency: How to produce more offset and short-run digital work with less manpower.

Today’s printers and binderies are challenged with shorter offset run lengths and growing digital work. How can such different needs be finished efficiently—while reducing manpower? The highly innovative full automation and touchless workflow capabilities found in Muller Martini’s modern Alegro perfect binder delivers optimum utilization of the production line, resulting…

Today’s printers and binderies are challenged with shorter offset run lengths and growing digital work. How can such different needs be finished efficiently—while reducing manpower? The highly innovative full automation and touchless workflow capabilities found in Muller Martini’s modern Alegro perfect binder delivers optimum utilization of the production line, resulting…

Profiting with photobooks.

Because of a photobook’s one-off nature, production success can only be achieved through a highly-efficient workflow, one that’s typically barcode-driven. That’s why the high volume, branded internet-based retailers utilize automated production systems. This allows them to achieve the efficiency that’s needed to profitably produce an exceptionally high volume of one-off…

Because of a photobook’s one-off nature, production success can only be achieved through a highly-efficient workflow, one that’s typically barcode-driven. That’s why the high volume, branded internet-based retailers utilize automated production systems. This allows them to achieve the efficiency that’s needed to profitably produce an exceptionally high volume of one-off…

Is it time to simply your digital print workflow?

Arguably, there are some obstacles when entering the digital manufacturing playing field. And one of the most challenging is workflow bottlenecks. In the traditional offset space, minimal set-ups are needed since runs are longer—and the content doesn’t change. Not so with digital print, where variability of product can take infinite…

Arguably, there are some obstacles when entering the digital manufacturing playing field. And one of the most challenging is workflow bottlenecks. In the traditional offset space, minimal set-ups are needed since runs are longer—and the content doesn’t change. Not so with digital print, where variability of product can take infinite…

The band aid or the big picture?

Many companies don’t plan maintenance. Instead, they take a reactive approach that may, at first, save some money. For example, a binder breaks down because of what looks like a simple bearing failure. A less expensive, non-OEM part replaces the bearing. But a week or so later the machine breaks…

Many companies don’t plan maintenance. Instead, they take a reactive approach that may, at first, save some money. For example, a binder breaks down because of what looks like a simple bearing failure. A less expensive, non-OEM part replaces the bearing. But a week or so later the machine breaks…

What does the future hold for Mid-Sized Book Manufacturers?

The US book business continues to struggle in these challenging economic times.  Margins are under increasing pressure, competition is increasingly global, and consequently there is a strong reluctance to reinvest in the business – who knows what will happen over the coming year?  While these concerns are certainly justified, the…

The US book business continues to struggle in these challenging economic times.  Margins are under increasing pressure, competition is increasingly global, and consequently there is a strong reluctance to reinvest in the business – who knows what will happen over the coming year?  While these concerns are certainly justified, the…

Join the Photo Book market

Photo Books remain an active area for capital investment, and a solid growth prospect in these uncertain times. We are seeing a lot of interest in this segment, enabling the companies to expand their businesses into new areas. Our recent workshop at Graph Expo was well attended, and focused on…

Photo Books remain an active area for capital investment, and a solid growth prospect in these uncertain times. We are seeing a lot of interest in this segment, enabling the companies to expand their businesses into new areas. Our recent workshop at Graph Expo was well attended, and focused on…

ASIR 3 – Q/C System with a quick ROI

ASIR stands for Automatic Signature Image Recognition. (ROI is less than 1 year) The ASIR control system from Muller Martini is a vision system directly connected to the machine control. This system is used for quality assurance on saddle stitchers and gathering machines. It monitors the composition of products and…

ASIR stands for Automatic Signature Image Recognition. (ROI is less than 1 year) The ASIR control system from Muller Martini is a vision system directly connected to the machine control. This system is used for quality assurance on saddle stitchers and gathering machines. It monitors the composition of products and…

Amazing Operators + Amazing Equipment = Amazing Results #4

One of Muller Martini’s most efficient binding lines ran 17 different jobs in one 8 hour shift and still produced 62,000 books! If they kept doing this for one whole month, they would run over 1500 different jobs and produce nearly 6 million books! Come visit us in Booth 845…

One of Muller Martini’s most efficient binding lines ran 17 different jobs in one 8 hour shift and still produced 62,000 books! If they kept doing this for one whole month, they would run over 1500 different jobs and produce nearly 6 million books! Come visit us in Booth 845…

Amazing Operators + Amazing Equipment = Amazing Results #3

One of Muller Martini’s Diamant casing-in lines only missed eight machine cycles during a long run for an entire shift. How many machine cycles are in an eight hour shift? 28,800 Come visit us in Booth 845 at Graph Expo to see more Amazing Results.

One of Muller Martini’s Diamant casing-in lines only missed eight machine cycles during a long run for an entire shift. How many machine cycles are in an eight hour shift? 28,800 Come visit us in Booth 845 at Graph Expo to see more Amazing Results.

Amazing Operators + Amazing Equipment = Amazing Results #2

One of Muller Martini’s Corona binding lines has averaged 14,000 net good books every run hour since it first was installed over two years ago. In one year running around the clock, this line could produce over 120 million books! Placed end-to-end, they would extend 11,500 miles. How long is…

One of Muller Martini’s Corona binding lines has averaged 14,000 net good books every run hour since it first was installed over two years ago. In one year running around the clock, this line could produce over 120 million books! Placed end-to-end, they would extend 11,500 miles. How long is…

Coupons Bring New Value to Newspapers

Newspapers are mysteriously vanishing from racks across the country. Thieves are swiping Sunday papers from driveways, and others are digging through people’s trash looking for discarded newspapers. Authorities and newspaper executives attribute the rash of nationwide thefts to “extreme couponing,” a growing trend in which shoppers use dozens — sometimes…

Newspapers are mysteriously vanishing from racks across the country. Thieves are swiping Sunday papers from driveways, and others are digging through people’s trash looking for discarded newspapers. Authorities and newspaper executives attribute the rash of nationwide thefts to “extreme couponing,” a growing trend in which shoppers use dozens — sometimes…

Amazing Operators + Amazing Equipment = Amazing Results #1

In just twenty four hours, one of Muller Martini’s most productive hardcover production lines generates 150,000 books. If these one inch thick books were stacked in a pile, it would be 10 times the height of the Empire State Building! In just two days, this pile would be almost as tall as Mount…

In just twenty four hours, one of Muller Martini’s most productive hardcover production lines generates 150,000 books. If these one inch thick books were stacked in a pile, it would be 10 times the height of the Empire State Building! In just two days, this pile would be almost as tall as Mount…

Inserting In-Line at Commercial Printing Plants

There seems to be a trend of inserting in-line post trimmer on a saddle stitcher.  Coupon magazines are the hot product doing this process right now. Will there be more publishers looking to copy this process?

There seems to be a trend of inserting in-line post trimmer on a saddle stitcher.  Coupon magazines are the hot product doing this process right now. Will there be more publishers looking to copy this process?

Dynamic and Exciting Times

Remember the days when the production director ensured that the daily product deadlines were met and that the quality of the product was excellent, waste was kept to a minimum and performance and throughput of the operation was maximized?  Ensuring your publisher’s satisfaction was paramount to your success and to…

Remember the days when the production director ensured that the daily product deadlines were met and that the quality of the product was excellent, waste was kept to a minimum and performance and throughput of the operation was maximized?  Ensuring your publisher’s satisfaction was paramount to your success and to…

If you still haven’t automated your back-end finishing line, read on…

As printers look for ways to reduce costs, an area ripe for attention is the back end of finishing operations. Walking through plants, I am amazed at the number of personnel assigned to routine packaging tasks, such as stacking, cartoning, shrink wrapping, strapping, and piling down. There are numerous proven…

As printers look for ways to reduce costs, an area ripe for attention is the back end of finishing operations. Walking through plants, I am amazed at the number of personnel assigned to routine packaging tasks, such as stacking, cartoning, shrink wrapping, strapping, and piling down. There are numerous proven…

Digital Finishing – In-line Efficiencies While Maintaining Near-Line Flexibility – You Can Have It All

When facing the decision to purchase digital finishing equipment (usually after you spend too much time on just the digital print engine decision – see my last blog entry on this revelation), one of the key considerations is whether to configure the equipment in a near-line (fancy name for off-line)…

When facing the decision to purchase digital finishing equipment (usually after you spend too much time on just the digital print engine decision – see my last blog entry on this revelation), one of the key considerations is whether to configure the equipment in a near-line (fancy name for off-line)…

How can we help you get more from your existing machine?

Our world has changed. Although investment capital is not readily available, printers and trade binders need to continue to gain efficiencies in order to stay competitive. So we ask the question “How can we help you get more from your existing machine?” What issues affect machine performance? Operating efficiencies of…

Our world has changed. Although investment capital is not readily available, printers and trade binders need to continue to gain efficiencies in order to stay competitive. So we ask the question “How can we help you get more from your existing machine?” What issues affect machine performance? Operating efficiencies of…

Digital Print is Only Valuable After It’s “Finished”

Welcome to the inaugural entry to my new blog for Muller Martini’s Digital Solutions. For those who don’t know me, I have been with Muller Martini for over 16 years and have spent the last 10 managing our scalable solutions for the exciting world of digital finishing. During this time…

Welcome to the inaugural entry to my new blog for Muller Martini’s Digital Solutions. For those who don’t know me, I have been with Muller Martini for over 16 years and have spent the last 10 managing our scalable solutions for the exciting world of digital finishing. During this time…

Finally – Saddle Stitchers that are Make-Ready Friendly

Welcome to the first of many blogs for Muller Martini Print Finishing Systems. The majority of my 23 year graphic arts career has focused on post-press equipment which involved working at a large commercial printer and now for Muller Martini Corp. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.…

Welcome to the first of many blogs for Muller Martini Print Finishing Systems. The majority of my 23 year graphic arts career has focused on post-press equipment which involved working at a large commercial printer and now for Muller Martini Corp. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.…

In the world of print finishing, many things old are new again: Utilizing new technologies to drive traditional demand

I’m Jim Kaeli, and I’m responsible for Muller Martini’s Book and Publication Binding Division here in the US. I’ve been in the business for thirty years, and have worked both on the manufacturing as well as the supplier side of the industry. My main goal in creating this Blog is…

I’m Jim Kaeli, and I’m responsible for Muller Martini’s Book and Publication Binding Division here in the US. I’ve been in the business for thirty years, and have worked both on the manufacturing as well as the supplier side of the industry. My main goal in creating this Blog is…