Major Online Photo Printer Opts for (2) Custom Ibis Smart Binder Solutions

 

Best Graphics, Ibis Chosen as Provider of (2) New, Custom Ibis Smart Binder Systems –

 

Best Graphics (WI), the North American Distributor and post-Sales Service & Parts support for Ibis Smart Binders, has been awarded a (2) machine order from a major online photobook producer. The system will help streamline the manufacturing of digitally printed material into personalized, variable page count booklets.

 

The Ibis will be integrated behind an Unwinder and Web Cutter. Best Graphics and Ibis will collect the 1-up, wide web stream and separate it into a 2-up stream to better suit the small format booklets. Via the Ibis Smart Binder’s TUSDC-100 module, which changes the direction of the (2) sheets, and the 2D Matrix Barcode Reader, 4-page sheets arrive into the scoring section in sequence (to build a personalized booklet with varying page counts and specific data).

 

 

Through the use of the CFI-102 Feeder each booklet will include a cover. Maintaining the covers will be seamless due to the CAL-102 automatic cover loader option the printer elected.

 

After a booklet’s “set” has been matched with a cover, the book will move through the Smart Binder’s Hohner wire stitch heads or our patented ISG-100 spine gluing section to be finished. Thereafter, the Smart Binder’s three knife trimmer section will engage (while waste scrap is discharged via the waste conveyor system).

 

Maintaining 100% booklet integrity, its important to note the Smart Binder ejects all “bad books” and logs the data into the intelligent operator touch screen (where it can later be exported and sent back to pre-press, or management for review).

 

With a 1-up cycle speed of 7,000 booklets per hour (or 14,000 per hour with our option center knife kit), Ibis Smart Binder HS Plus models can be pursued in a variety of configurations. For example, the above layout also includes a SB-097 hybrid Pile Feeder/Transport section that the purchaser will use for occasional flat sheet booklet runs (loaded from a pallet). In the event the Unwinder/Web Cutter is in use, the SB-097 is “disengaged” and acts as a transport bridge for 4-page sheets to pass through before entering the Smart Binder’s scoring/booklet creation area.

 

This printer will be receiving (1) system at their mid-Atlantic facilities and (1) system at their Midwest operations. Both will be integrated with backend, high speed Bell & Howell Inserting equipment.

 

Interested in learning about other ‘nearline’ Ibis solutions for your variable data print (VDP) environment? Curious if ‘inline’ digital booklet production is right for you? Or, ‘offline’ from a pile? We can help. Submit an inquiry with Best Graphics’ sales team and let’s build out the Ibis Smart Binder HS Plus your need! Customization is our passion!

 

 

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Indiana Printer Purchases Busch SWH 125 RLA Pile Turner from Best Graphics

Specialty Printer In Indiana Opts for Best Graphics’ Busch SWH 125 RLA (175) Pile Turner-Aerator with Warranty – 

 

Best Graphics (WI) the North American importer, sales agents, and post-sales service & support for Busch Pile Turners and Aerators has sold another SWH 125 RLA model to a Midwest printer.

 

On the recommendation from another print shop who currently owns Busch equipment, this specialty printer negotiated for Busch’s most popular model with some customized options to better suit their production environment. Specifically, the model was equipped with Busch’s optional, upgraded dual blower for added aeration horsepower. This will aid with jogging and alignment of thicker stock weights to support the printing and, die cutting of paint chip samples. At nearly 69″ in height, the machine’s increased jaws will allow them to aerate taller skids per cycle.

 

 

All Busch SWH models are equipped with an operator console that swivels to the front and back of the machine to “spot check” sheets. Similarly, our Busch SWH Pile Turners can be pre-programmed to aerate for a designated duration and stop once completed, thereby allowing the operator to simultaneously fetch and prepare the next pallet.

 

Do you struggle with “tricky” stocks? Ask us about our optional Ionization kit (for plastics), or our Light Stock Stop Bars (for thin, bible and pharmaceutical stocks)! Running smaller, digital sheet sizes? Ask us about our Busch SE 90 RLA model! Seeking an oversized Pile Turner? Let’s talk about our Busch SWH 155 RLA model with quad-blowers and increased “jaws”!

 

For a video of our Busch equipment in action CLICK HERE! Or, read more via the Busch SWH series eBrochure HERE!

 

Backed by a full parts and labor warranty and installed with training of your staff by Best Graphics’ Service Department, we’re here to mitigate buying risk, increase your productivity, and ensure your staff members are adequately knowledgeable about the equipment their operating.

 

. . . Best Graphics: Here for YOU and YOUR EMPLOYEES! Contact us via an online submission to learn more!

 

Large, Multi-National Purchases Best Graphics’ Itotec RU 5.0 Unloader with Warranty

 

Best Graphics Sells Another Itotec Unloader to Support Multi-National’s Guillotine Cutter – 

 

Best Graphics (WI), the exclusive North American importer, distributor and post-sales service & parts provider of Itotec Cutting equipment, sold another Japanese Unloader to a large, multi-national. This Itotec model RU 5.0 Unloader will support the purchaser’s Chicago, Illinois production. This is the third machine sale facilitated by Best Graphics and the buyer in as many years.

 

The equipment is configured as a left handed design to support a right-to-left work flow. The Itotec RU 5.0 down stacker will improve the Printer’s operating efficiency by up to 50% due to the Paper Cutter operator’s ability to continue cutting while product is down stacked.

 

 

Supported with a 36-month parts and labor warranty, the purchase is another “turn key” solution offering by Best Graphics’ Service Department, who will deliver, install and provide operator training on the equipment.

 

 

Itotec, a Japanese manufacturer of Paper Cutters and ancillary Cutting equipment (Paper Cutting systems) is celebrating its 101st year of manufacturing excellence. A family business that is owned and managed by the 6th generation of Ito family members, Itotec has more than 12,000 Guillotine Cutter and ancillary Cutting machine sales worldwide.

 

For more information on new or used Paper Cutters and/or Lifts, Joggers, and Unloaders contact Best Graphics Sales Department at (800) 236-7603. For Itotec (Itoh) spare parts and service contact Mike Keller, in Parts, or Gary Martin, in Service.

Leading U.S. Healthcare Provider Chooses Best Graphics’ Ibis Smart Binder for Variable Page Stitching

 

Best Graphics’s Ibis Smart Binder Machine Selected to Produce Healthcare Company’s Variable Data Printed Booklets – 

 

Best Graphics, the North American distributors for Ibis Smart Binders, has secured a new “Smart Binder 3” order from one of North America’s most prominent Healthcare organizations. This Smart Binder will be able to wire stitch (SB 2), or spine glue (SB 3) booklets depending upon the client’s preference.

 

Ibis, manufactured in the U.K., is a market leader in the world of high speed variable data, variable page count saddle stitching. Founded more than 20-years ago by John Cracknell, Best Graphics has been Ibis’ U.S. and Canadian distributor for the last 3-years.

 

For this particular project, the Ibis will run inline. Paper will be unwound, from a roll, into a Canon digital print engine where critical, and highly personalized, medical information will be inkjet printed. The use of 2D and 3D barcodes will allow the Smart Binder to intelligently track each patients information downstream.

 

 

After exiting the Canon inkjet press, the continuous web of paper will be cut into 4-page sheets via a Tecnau digital finishing system. Thereafter, the 4-page sheets will be individually scored via the Ibis. By scoring each 4-page sheet the books will lay flatter (than the competition).  A series of cameras and data tracking technology, from the Ibis Smart Binder 3, identify the number of 4-page sheets needed per book for each patient. Continuously collecting 4-page sheets atop one another, once “confirmed” by the Smart Binder, a collated set is released from the infeed of the Smart Binder and a cover — personalized, or static — is dropped atop the booklet. Thereafter, wire staples are stitched on the spine in advance of the booklet being three knife trimmed. As an example, the healthcare providers’ booklets may complete in the following sequence without any stopping the machine: 8-page booklet, 12-page, 12-page, 16-page, 8-page, 24-page, 36-page, 32-page, 8-page, etc.

 

In the event a run of booklets wants to omit metal staples, the Smart Binder can produce spine glued books via our patented ISG cold glue technology. In this production sequence, each 4-page sheet passing through the Ibis Smart Binder 3 receives a row of glue dots. As each 4-page nests atop one another a booklet is formed. The use of the patented cold glue technology creates: a). an elevated appearance in relation to wire staples, b). a higher page pull strength than wire stapled booklets, and c). allows the booklets to lay flatter and therefore insert easier, during the collation-mail insertion process.

 

 

Best Graphics’ Service Department will support this Ibis Smart Binder HS 3 model with delivery, installation, operator training, and an extended warranty. This Ibis will be one of nearly 100 Ibis machines sold into the North American market, making Ibis the U.S. leader in variable data, variable page Saddle Stitching.

 

Interested in taking your client’s personalized data to new levels? Ask Best Graphics about high speed, digital bookletmaking We’d be happy to help. Submit an online form to have one of our Sales Representatives assist you with the purchase of your next Saddle Stitching machinery.

Connecticut Purchases Secondhand Bobst Folder Gluer from Best Graphics

Growth In Folded Carton/Packaging Sector Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic – 

 

Best Graphics completes the sale of a secondhand Bobst Folder Gluer to an East Coast, Connecticut-based facility.

 

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, sales continue for Best Graphics, who are open for business under Wisconsin’s “Essential Business” classification. With government contracts, and a supply chain partner to the healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial, good & beverage and educational markets, Best Graphics operates Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Although our technicians are out in the field, we review onsite visit opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

 

This secondhand Bobst will be the seventh Folder Gluer in Connecticut’s arsenal. This Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) member entrusted Best Graphics due to previous projects. The machine, which Best Graphics sourced from Europe and imported to the U.S. via the Port of New York, will offer this high profile location a “relief valve” for production capacity.

 

Are you looking for good quality, used Bobst Folder Gluers, Bobst Pre-Feeders, Bobst Carton Packers, or Bobst Die Cutters? We can help. Best Graphics sell 150 – 175 new, or late model machines on an annual basis. With a resource network that spans the Atlantic we can find you the right Bobst machine at the right price.

 

Best Graphics: providing Bobst Folder Gluers at better prices. Know better value! 

Toronto Replaces Legacy Muller Martini with Osako Tener Alpha Sitcher

 

Best Graphics Ships Out 12,000/Hour Osako Tener Alpha Automated Saddle Stitcher to metro-Toronto, Canada for Installation – 

 

Best Graphics has recently closed another Osako Japanese Saddle Stitcher in the Canadian province of Ontario. The buyer, a Toronto-based commercial printer, was looking for affordable options to replace one of their legacy Muller Martini models.

 

 

The system, configured with (6) Osako tool-less signature feeders, and (1) Osako cover feeder allows this second generation print facility the versatility it needs to print short run booklets, long run jobs and/or tricker stock materials. The Osako Tener Alpha’s OT-2000 fully automated trimmer allows the Stitcher operator to enter the next jobs’ size format inputs at the touch screen, thereby enabling the machine’s belts, yoke timing, and book positioning to change automatically. Similarly, the Stitcher section’s automation package results in a very short 3 – 5 minute job prep. For quality control, this Tener Alpha model’s stitcher area also includes  mechanical, and electrical calipers as standard.

 

When compared to the competition, Best Graphics’ Osako Saddle Stitchers are affordably priced without forsaking durability. With the savings the print shop received, they re-purposed the funds towards a 4th and 5th Knife (for inline, 2-up bookletmaking), as well as a Fenimore 528 Punch (for inline calendar, and 3-hole production). Both options were sold by Best Graphics’ team, and will be installed by our Service Department personnel.

 

Like all Osako purchases, the machine included installation, employee training and a full parts and labor warranty.

 

Whether you’re in the Greater  Toronto Area; Ottawa; Montreal; Edmonton; Vancouver; or just across the U.S.-Canada border, we’d love to host you for an Osako Stitcher demonstration. Simply call our office at (800) 236-7603, or submit an online request.

 

Do you currently “fight” your used Heidelberg ST-270; Heidelberg ST-90; Muller Martini 321; Muller Martini Bravo; Muller Martini Prima with AMRYS; or Muller Martini Presto Stitcher? Are parts becoming an issue for your team? Is access to Muller Martini service becoming a liability? We can help, and would love to hear from you.

 

New, or used. Four plus cover; multiple cover feeders; six plus cover and beyond! Trust the Stitching equipment for sale by Best Graphics: North America’s largest independent equipment distributor with 150 – 175 annual machine sales!

 

Best Graphics Completes Busch Pile Turner Install In Pacific Northwest, Closes New Sale In Pennsylvania

 

 

Best Graphics Complete Installation of Busch Pile Turner In Oregon, Secure New Order for Busch Pile Turner In Pennsylvania – 

 

Last week, Best Graphics (Milwaukee, WI) installed one of our new Busch SWH series Pile Turner-Aerators in the Pacific Northwest. The Busch SWH Speedturner series includes aeration, jogging, alignment and pile rotation capabilities. This Oregon-based Commercial Printer also opted for our uniquely designed “pressure control flaps” to help preserve the “air bubble” within freshly aerated pallets. Best Graphics competed against Heidelberg-Polar for this Pile Turner order.

Built in Germany with a 40-year+ manufacturing legacy, all of our Busch Pile Turners incorporate state of the art Siemens electronics and include our industry leading 3-year parts & labor warranty.

 

 

Best Graphics is the exclusive North American importer, distributor, and post-Sales parts & service provider for Busch Pile Turners. On the other side of the country, we secured another new SWH 90 RLA Pile Turner-Aerator order from an established Printer in Pennsylvania.

 

This Sheetfed, Digital shop opted for a Busch Pile Turner with air, jogging, alignment, and skid rotation technology. They also elected to receive our optional “ionized air” technology, which aids with thicker U.V. coated stocks and/or unique materials, such as plastics, which have a tendency to build up static.

 

Are you looking to purchase an affordable, reliable Pile Turner with Air? Do you currently ask your operators to build your skids by hand? Are you looking to improve your Pressroom productivity while increasing employee morale? Look no further, give us a call: (800) 236-7603! Or, make an online web submission asking for more details on new, or used Skid Turners for sale.

 

Best Graphics Installs Osako Saddle Stitcher In Midwest, Takes Muller Martini On Trade

 

Best Graphics Installs an Osako Micro 6/C Saddle Stitcher with Warranty, Receives Secondhand Muller Martini Bravo T 6/C Trade In – 

 

Best Graphics (Waukesha, WI) completes a successful sale, delivery, install, and training of our Osako Micro model automated Saddle Stitcher in St. Louis, MO.  Manufactured in Japan, with a 100-year history, Osako is exclusively imported, distributed, and supported in North America via Best Graphics’ sales, service, and parts personnel.

 

The Osako Micro model is one of three automated Saddle Stitcher offerings within Best Graphics’ product portfolio. The St. Louis, Missouri-based Commercial Printer opted for a (6) signature feeder, (1) cover feeder configuration and a Lake Image camera system for signature recognition, and booklet verification. The Micro series supports 14″+ spine lengths, up to 3/8th inch book thicknesses, and production cycles up to 9,000 per hour.

 

 

New Osako Saddle Stitcher sales include our industry leading 3-year parts & labor warranty, installation, and training. In negotiations with this Midwest Web- and Sheeted-based Printer they opted to trade in their secondhand Muller Martini Bravo T Saddle Stitcher. As part of our commitment to providing “turn key” solutions, our Service Department began dismantle of the 2005 vintage Muller Martini Stitcher on a Thursday afternoon, completed removal by Friday and began install of the Osako Micro Saddle Stitcher – in the same location – first thing Saturday morning. Come Monday morning this automated Saddle Stitcher was ready for operator training, and commercial production. The above is an example of Best Graphics’ attempt to reduce customer downtime during the transition from outdated, mechanical Muller Martini technology to modern day, automated solutions.

 

Interested in selling your used Muller Martini Saddle Stitcher? Have you had it with Muller Martini’s high cost service and parts support? Considering an upgrade in your Bindery Department to get more Saddle Stitched throughput? Let Best Graphics help: whether new, used or overhauled . . . we’ve got you covered!

 

Learn more about our new Osako Saddle Stitcher offerings via our 2020 eBrochure, or browse our latest used, overhauled Stitcher offerings – including Muller Martini, Heidelberg, and Vijuk, – via our www.BestGraphics.net website. Simply search on Bindery > Saddle Stitchers. Want to chat by phone? Call us at (800) 236-7603, dial “0” and ask reception for the Sales Rep. for your area!

 

 

Best Graphics Records Best 1-Week Machine Sales to Date

 

 

Best Graphics Sells Unprecedented (13) Machines In Record Setting Week – 

 

Last week, Best Graphics (Waukesha, WI), closed (13) machine sales in (1) business week. This is a new weekly record for Best Graphics’ sales personnel.

 

The equipment sales comprised a mix of the following new, used and overhauled equipment:

 

  • used Polar 115 (45″) Guillotine Cutter
  • new Busch Waste Conveyors for scrap removal | Web Link
  • used Die Cutter
  • used Mechanical Binding machine
  • new Busch SWH 90 RLA Pile Turners with Aeration | Web Link
  • used Muller Martini Bravo T Saddle Stitcher
  • overhauled Itotec Guillotine Cutter
  • new Ecosystem Quick 54 Film Laminator | Web Link

 

All thirteen machines are equipment from Best Graphics’ own stock. Never been to our facilities? Take a virtual tour!

 

 

In support of these various equipment contracts, our service technicians and parts department will be providing warranties, ultimately allowing Commercial Printers, Trade Binderies, Finishing Houses, and Folded Carton shops the confidence they need to buy equipment from Best Graphics – a leading equipment sales group in the Graphic Arts, Bindery, Finishing and Packaging space.

 

Seeking equipment on a budget? We can help. Looking for new equipment with extended warranty? We’ve got you covered. Wondering what to do with equipment you no longer utilize? We buy excess machinery! Call us today: (800) 236-7603.

 

Or, visit Best Graphics at PRINTING United 2020, in Atlanta, GA, where we’ll have equipment on the floor, and ready for demo! October 21st – 2rd!

 

. . . Best Graphics: breaking records, not your budget!

 

 

Ibis Variable Data, Variable Page Count Saddle Stitcher Installation In Florida

Best Graphics, Ibis’ North American Sales Agent, Sell an Ibis Smart-binder 2 Saddle Stitcher for Variable Data, Variable Page Count Bookletmaking – 

 

Best Graphics (WI) have secured a Smart-binder SB 2 Saddle Stitcher order from a large, multi-facility publication printer. This unit will run “near line” behind an unwinder, inline sheeter, and a Hewlett-Packard HP PageWide digital web press.

 

 

After the HP PageWide digital web press engine prints variable data onto roll-based paper, the product moves over to a near line unwinder with inline cutting (“web cutter”) capabilities to produce 4-page signatures. Because of the digital print technology of the HP PageWide, each 4-pager can convey unique data, text, personalized information. The digital press also provides a 2D, a 3 to 9, or comparable barcode on each page. These are read by cameras, allowing the data to reverts back to the Ibis Smart-binder’s central controls, thereby determining how many 4-page signatures (per book) are to be scored and fed into the Ibis gathering, collating section.

 

Once the pre-determined set of signatures makes a completed booklet – variable in page count, and variable in data – a cover is matched to the set before Hohner stitch heads wire staple the book. Thereafter, the book is three-sided trimmed (to remove any unnecessary barcodes).

 

 

 

Recognized for their reliability, 100% verification guarantee, and low-cost of ownership, this will be the 11th Ibis Smart-binder high speed, variable page saddle stitcher purchased by this long standing Ibis-Best Graphics’ account.

 

Interested in learning more about our Ibis Smart-binders? Prefer to feed the unit via flat sheets (pile fed)? Or, want to produce booklets inline with your digital print engine? Curious how to produce booklets without wire staples? Ask us about our patented Ibis Smart-binder SB 3 model that manufactures booklets with spine glue (for easier mail insertion)! Our sales, service & parts departments are here to help! Contact us today.

 

. . . Best Graphics: your total post-Press solutions provider!

 

– Bindery eBrochure, CLICK HERE

 

– Packaging eBrochure, CLICK HERE