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.

Thinking of Entering the Textbook Market? These Guidelines Are Followed By All Major Players.

Nearly twenty years ago, three U.S. organizations—National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA), Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI)—created the Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST).   MSST’s purpose was to establish physical standards of quality for elementary and high school (i.e., El-Hi) textbooks which…

Nearly twenty years ago, three U.S. organizations—National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA), Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI)—created the Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST).   MSST’s purpose was to establish physical standards of quality for elementary and high school (i.e., El-Hi) textbooks which…

How Touchless Workflow Optimizes the Efficiency of Simple Hardcover Production.

Touchless workflow is an integral building block of Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 engineering and design philosophy. It provides the intelligence to help speed the processing of products that are printed traditionally, digitally, or in combination.   Recently, I visited our factory in Germany to conduct a series of touchless workflow…

Touchless workflow is an integral building block of Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 engineering and design philosophy. It provides the intelligence to help speed the processing of products that are printed traditionally, digitally, or in combination.   Recently, I visited our factory in Germany to conduct a series of touchless workflow…

THE BOOK MARKET RETURNS!!!!

The North American book market is currently in full swing and healthy recovery following several years of marked uncertainty.  The impending “death of the traditional book” was widely reported in trade publications and business journals as the introduction of digital tablets and related devices rapidly took off.  Today, however, we…

The North American book market is currently in full swing and healthy recovery following several years of marked uncertainty.  The impending “death of the traditional book” was widely reported in trade publications and business journals as the introduction of digital tablets and related devices rapidly took off.  Today, however, we…

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…