Author: James Kaeli

Jim has over 30 years of experience within the Graphic Arts industry. He is currently responsible for Business Development for Hardcover Systems at Müller Martini. In this role, he interacts with customers, sales, and Muller's manufacturing facilities to help define and configure highly automated, efficient, and integrated book manufacturing systems. Jim holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an MBA from Shippensburg University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the adjunct faculty of Penn State University, a lifetime member of the BMI Cased-in Club, and has published numerous articles on contemporary book manufacturing issues.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…