Category: Book Technologies

Softcover and hardcover books and photobooks, seminars

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…

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,…

Trust is the key to true partnerships—and future opportunities. Here’s proof.

In today’s ever-changing, ever-challenging industry, printing companies and equipment manufacturers can discover huge monetary and production advantages by trusting in their long-term business relationships. As you’ll read, what often ensues is the upgrading of manufacturing processes which in turn deliver investment protection for all parties. Distinct manufacturing challenges. Similar financial…

In today’s ever-changing, ever-challenging industry, printing companies and equipment manufacturers can discover huge monetary and production advantages by trusting in their long-term business relationships. As you’ll read, what often ensues is the upgrading of manufacturing processes which in turn deliver investment protection for all parties. Distinct manufacturing challenges. Similar financial…

Why scalability and investment protection are even more critical in digital print environments.

More and more companies are seeing their digital manufacturing operation grow. And, in more and more cases, quality and performance expectations are just as high for digital manufacturing as they are for offset printing. As a result, we see an increasing demand for commercial grade saddle stitching systems that are…

More and more companies are seeing their digital manufacturing operation grow. And, in more and more cases, quality and performance expectations are just as high for digital manufacturing as they are for offset printing. As a result, we see an increasing demand for commercial grade saddle stitching systems that are…

The times they are a-changing.

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

Saving energy? More power—and profit—to you.

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…