Category: Book Technologies

Softcover and hardcover books and photobooks, seminars

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…

A complementary product line now serves each and every customer.

It’s been almost a year since Kolbus and Muller Martini joined forces to become the world leader in soft-and hardcover bookline manufacturing. The first year entailed a lot of learning for both sides. Our administration, engineering, sales, service and parts departments needed to make some adjustments as merging two companies…

It’s been almost a year since Kolbus and Muller Martini joined forces to become the world leader in soft-and hardcover bookline manufacturing. The first year entailed a lot of learning for both sides. Our administration, engineering, sales, service and parts departments needed to make some adjustments as merging two companies…

Part One: Here’s how your team can counter Murphy’s Law in the bindery.

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…

Why not consider adding new capabilities that not only differentiate your business, but make it more efficient?

Changing markets, new challenges. Printers and even more trade binders are facing these concerns every day. For many, being different and offering more than a competitor is the smart solution. One possibility is to add on equipment that provides optimum efficiency for gatefold cover products. Some companies have already invested…

Changing markets, new challenges. Printers and even more trade binders are facing these concerns every day. For many, being different and offering more than a competitor is the smart solution. One possibility is to add on equipment that provides optimum efficiency for gatefold cover products. Some companies have already invested…

Printed books are back. Big time.

The book business is going gangbusters. Being responsible for hardcover finishing solutions at Muller Martini, of late I’ve seen unprecedented activity in both the hard and softcover book markets as printers and binderies reach out for new finishing solutions. Some of this activity is the result of: Migration from overseas.…

The book business is going gangbusters. Being responsible for hardcover finishing solutions at Muller Martini, of late I’ve seen unprecedented activity in both the hard and softcover book markets as printers and binderies reach out for new finishing solutions. Some of this activity is the result of: Migration from overseas.…

Appreciating the work behind the book.

When I go the local book store to meet some friends, there is always coffee, snacks and good conversation. After chatting for a bit, everyone wanders off to check out the latest books or magazines. We then reconvene with an array of items to review and/or purchase. The thought that…

When I go the local book store to meet some friends, there is always coffee, snacks and good conversation. After chatting for a bit, everyone wanders off to check out the latest books or magazines. We then reconvene with an array of items to review and/or purchase. The thought that…