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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John Becker, Former QUAD Graphics Executive, Joins Best Graphics’ Team

 

 

Best Graphics Expands Team to Better Support Continued Growth from Our Finishing, Packaging Portfolio – 

 

John Becker, previously with QUAD Graphics corporate, has joined on with Best Graphics as a Finishing & Packaging Sales Specialist. In his role he will be responsible for engaging with Trade Finishers, Commercial Printers and Folding Carton shops in a technical fashion to further advance the sale of Sheetfed Presses, Die Cutters, Blankers, Offline Blankers, Folder Gluers, Film Laminators, Labelers, Pile Turner-Aerators and other machinery from Best Graphics’ stock inventory.

 

As the former Procurement Director of Capital Equipment for more than (25) QUAD facilities spanning the U.S., Canada, the Carribbean and Europe, John has extensive knowledge of finishing and packaging applications, industry practice, vendor contacts, equipment capabilities, and asset evaluations. Want to ensure you’ve got that job layout “the right way”? Ask John! Want us to evaluate your current production processes? Consult with John! Have excess equipment for sale!? Call John! Toll free: (800) 236-7603!

 

Prior to working with QUAD’s executive team, John co-founded a Trade Finishing House, Schreiber Specialties, in the early ’90s. He’s always had a passion for Die Cutting, Stamping and Folding/Gluing. In fact, Schreiber Specialties was a beta site for one of the first Bobst Spantera Die Cutters and housed one of the first North American Expertfold Folder Gluers with Gyro technology. Other the years John made several trips, on a consulting level, to Bobst’s Switzerland R&D facilities to design and develop what is now known as the Bobst Foil Master Hot Foil Stamping machine.

 

With a continual investment in new technology, a knack for doing the “tough jobs”, and year-on-year sales growth, by ’10 QUAD contacted John with an offer to purchase his firm, and join on in an administrative role. A decade later, whether in an office negotiating deals, or down on a shop floor, John’s passion for cartons, die lines, procedures, job make-readies and “hard iron” burns just as strongly today.

 

Best Graphics are thrilled to have John, and believe his assets dovetail well with our line of Young Shin Die Cutters-Blankers-Foil Stampers, Laserck Offline Blankers, Busch Pile Turners-High Die Cutters, STOCK Litho Laminators, DGM Folder Gluers-Carton Packers, and our Ecosystem Film Laminators.

 

In fact, there’s no better person to present you with equipment offerings than someone who previously bought equipment from Best Graphics and our extensive portfolio! A story better than any referral: someone who bought the equipment, ran it themselves, knows its effectiveness, and wants you to know how great it is, too!

 

. . . Welcome to “this side” of the negotiating table, John! Our team and our clients will KNOW BETTER VALUE! when you’re on the phone, or in their shop.

 

Links: Finishing & Packaging Portfolio | www.BestGraphics.net | eSubmission | Service & Parts 

 

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! 

Latest News Surrounding COVID-19 ‘Coronavirus’

 

 

Best Graphics’ Business Operations Amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak –

 

Clients, and our business partnerships are important to us. In an attempt to keep you informed on the latest COVID-19 developments, and their impact on business operations we’ve put together a list of ongoing subjects. Check back regularly, as we’ll continue to supply answers to a very “fluid” situation:

 

Update: [April 16th, 4:30am CST] The state of Wisconsin has mandated a “Safer at Home” order effective until April 24th May 26th, 2020. Under these guidelines, and as a supplier to essential industries including: Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Education, Financial, Communications, and Government, Best Graphics will still be able to operate albeit it in compliance with Governor Tony Ever’s 16-page Emergency Order #12, executable via Executable Order #72 where those t[employees] hat can work from home are accessible remotely; those [employees] in post-Sales departments — Service & Parts — will be in the factory, and limited in travel.

 

Hours of Operation: To date, Best Graphics continues to operate between 8:00am – 4:30pm CST Monday through Friday from our headquarters here in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

Parts Orders: We are suggesting that customers opt for Next Day, or Priority Shipment of parts in order to ensure the fastest delivery to your dock door. While we can confirm when parts leave our facility, we are at the mercy of UPS, FedEx and DHL when it comes to physical receipt of goods. As always, in times of uncertainty, priority parcels take precedent.

 

Service Work, Machine Maintenance: [Update: March 24th, 11:30am] We must now treat each service call, and the possibility to being out in the field, on a case-by-case basis. Scroll down to identify Gary Martin’s (Service Manager) cell phone number. Our Service Technicians continue to be out in the field supporting maintenance requests you’ve scheduled with our Service Manager. However, it has come to our attention that some facilities have implemented a ‘zero tolerance’ policy when it comes to receiving outside guests. While our Service Department is doing its job to reach out, and connect with E.V.P.s of Operation, Plant Managers, and Maintenance Managers we’d kindly ask that you inform us if we need to re-schedule. The only current ramification is the “unknown” of when we can get back in your shop; we’re quite flexible.

 

Machine Installations: [Update: March 24th, 11:30am] Same as above; service orders will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in hopes of the best possible outcome under the circumstances. Much like the above, some shops have already identified the need to delay machine installations due to corporate policies. Again, we understand the basis, and can be flexible with re-scheduling. We would ask, however, that you work with us to ensure progress payments and other administrative subjects proceed as promised.

 

Email Correspondence: In the world of manufacturing, we get it: every second matters. Let’s work together to ensure we’re providing you the answers you need, as swiftly as possible. For those reasons, do not assume an email is received, or read. Phone with someone directly, and ask for expected timelines; the old, “who’ll do what by when” slogan is key here! Can’t remember how to phone us? Our office line is (262) 522-3330, or here’s a short list of folks that can help:

  •    Gary M., Service Manager, (262) 613-5011 Cell
  •    Mike K. Parts Manager, (414) 699-1244 Cell
  •    Mark S., Finance, (262) 391-3321 Cell
  •    Dan B., Owner (262) 613-5011 Cell

 

Video Conferencing: Those staff members who are working remotely have the tools in place to stay engaged, such as Teleconferencing, and Video Conferencing. Those still in the office also have access to tele- and videoconferencing. Just ask!

 

. . . And above all else, we hope that you, your staff and your families are safe! Check in regularly, or sign up to our eCampaigns (where we’ll send out information as things evolve); we promise, we will only inform you of critical, drastic changes to daily operations.

New Jersey Digital Printer Purchases Laminator, Coater, Business Card Slitter from Best Graphics

 

Leading East Coast Digital Print Facility Installs (3) New Finishing Machines via Best Graphics, Increases Productivity – 

 

Best Graphics (Waukesha, WI) completes the sale, and installation of three new machines at North Jersey Digital Print facility. The equipment replaces an outdated Film Laminator, U.V. Coater and Business Card Slitter.

 

Our Italian line of high speed Ecosystem single sided Film Laminators provide Digital Printers the robust design (reliability), and quick makereadies they need for quick turn around jobs. Best Graphics installed one of our Quick 76 therm-based Film Laminators with speeds in excess of 160 feet/min., and 30 x 41″ maximum size formats.

 

For this New Jersey’s client who prefer U.V. and aqueous coating over film lamination, our Kompac EZ Koat 30 model will be utilized. Much like our Ecosystem Film Laminators, our Kompac line of Coaters are built to last, perform as required, and widely recognized as the premier manufacturer in the market space. Best Graphics’ Kompac EZ Koat 30 is a flood coater that supports up to 30.5″ wide sheets, requires less than (5) minutes to makeready, and is compact in footprint (a key selling feature in the expensive New Jersey-New York real estate market). Learn more about Ecosystem Film Laminators HERE.

 

The Them-O-Type Zip TS2L was the third machine sold, installed by Best Graphics’ Service Technicians. Made in the U.S.A., Therm-O-Type Slitter/Cutter/Creasers are know to be faster, and heavier duty than the Duplo DC-745 Digital Finishing system it replaced. Learn more about Kompac Coaters HERE.

 

All machines included delivery, install, operator training and have extended parts & labor warranties carried out by Best Graphics’ post-Sales Service & Parts Department.Learn more about Therm-O-Type Digital Finishing equipment HERE.

 

Looking for new, or used Film Laminators? Looking to replace your old, tired Duplo Business Card Slitter? Interested in Kompac Spot, or Flood Aqueous/U.V. Coaters? Best Graphics can help! All three categories of equipment comprise a portion of our portfolio of (15) manufacturers that we import, sell, service and support.

 

Curious about how Best Graphics can assist your digital department productivity? Take a virtual tour of our facilities, or make an online submission to one of our Sales Representatives today!

 

Best Graphics Has Used Polar Cutters, Unloader for Sale from Stock Inventory

Are You Looking to Purchase Secondhand Polar Cutting Equipment? We Can Help! 

 

Best Graphics (WI), an industry leading machinery dealer, actively buys Polar Paper Cutters and has the following used Polar equipment for sale from our stock inventory: 

 

  • For Sale, ’12 Polar N 115 ProCut 45″ (115cm) Paper Cutter | Web Listing HERE
  • For Sae, ’01 Polar EMC 115-MON 45″ (115cm) Paper Cutter | Web Listing HERE
  • For Sale, ’03 Polar EMC 137-MON 54″ (137cm) Paper Cutter | Web Listing HERE
  • For Sale, ’90s Polar 28″ Paper Cutter with MicroCut | Web Listing HERE
  • For Sale, ’15 Polar Jogger Weighing Scale | Web Listing HERE
  • For Sale, ’90s Polar Jogger Weighing Scale | Web Listing HERE 
  • For Sale, ’97 Polar 1ER110-04 Transomat Unloader | Web Listing HERE

 

In addition to Polar Paper Cutters, and Polar Unloaders for sale we have various used Polar Cutting Knives in stock. Contact our Parts Manager, Mike, at (800) 236-7603 x110, or email him for pricing. Looking to purchase new Polar Knives and Blades? We sell Polar Knives. Contact Mike; he’ll help you out!

 

Are you looking to sell your used Polar Guillotine Cutter? Do you need help selling your used Polar Cutting System? Best Graphics buy used Polar Cutters, Polar Unloaders, Polar Joggers and Lifts. Contact our Sales team at (800) 236-7603, or make an online inquiry today!

 

Are you searching for a used Polar RA-4 Jogger with Squeeze Roller, or a used Polar RB5 Paper Jogger? Best Graphics sell used Polar machines, and we’d love to help! Submit a machine request via our website, and a Sales Representative will get in touch regarding inexpensive Polar equipment for sale.

 

. . . Best Graphics: new and used Polar offerings at affordable prices!

Best Graphics Edges Out Saber for Itotec Oversized Guillotine Cutter Order

 

Best Graphics’ Sells Another Itotec 63″ Oversized Guillotine Cutter – 

 

 

Best Graphics (Milwaukee, WI), in business for over 40-years, is Itotec’s importer, distributor, and post-sales parts & service provider. Itotec (Nagoya, Japan) is a 100-year manufacturer, and the original designer of the double-arm paper cutter.

 

Continuing the success of a recent 160cm (63″) Itotec paper cutter sale in Florida, Best Graphics secured another oversized guillotine cutter order from a custom graphics services company in the Midwest. Focusing on printed electronics, graphic overlays, nameplates, and  other specialty printed products this print facility sought out a guillotine cutter capable of cutting through rigid, plastic substrates.

 

Having inspected, and tested Itotec’s eRC-160DX (63″) paper cutter and Colter & Peterson’s Saber paper cutter, Best Graphics’ were granted the machine sale. This eRC-160DX sale, like our 45″ and 54″ models, was issued with our industry leading 5-year parts & labor warranty.

 

Dual-Clamp, Dual-Gear Box Itotec eRC-160DX Paper Cutter

 

The extended warranty, and heavy-duty construction of our Japanese built Itoh paper cutter will compliment the existing 41″ flatbed die cutter-blanker, and B1 size format pile turner-aerator Best Graphics perviously supplied to this premier plastics printer in 2017.

 

Intersted in upgrading your legacy Polar paper cutter? Struggling with the electronics in your Saber cutter? Can’t get service, or parts for your aging guillotine cutter? We can help: Best Graphics has a post-Press portfolio that includes lifts, joggers, scales, paper cutters, air tables, unloaders and waste conveyors!

 

 

Don’t know what to do with your old paper cutter? We take trade ins. Get in touch with our sales team; they’d be happy to help. Call us at (800) 236-7603, or fill out an online submission and one of our sales members will contact you directly!

 

Best Graphics . . . Know Better Value! 

 

Partnership Announcement: DGM Folder Gluers

 

 

Best Graphics Partners with PPCTS to Sell the DGM line of High Speed Folder Gluers

 

Best Graphics (Waukesha, WI) is pleased to announce a formal agreement with Rich McDonald, President of PPCTS (Pewaukee, WI), to market and sell the DGM line of high speed Carton and Corrugated Folder Gluers.

 

In advance of the busy North American October trade show season – PRINT ’19 (Chicago, IL), SuperCorr ’19 (Denver, CO) and PRINTING United ’19 (Dallas, TX) – the following press release has gone out:

 

 

Seeking more information about the DGM Smartfold Classic, or the DGM Smartfold Ultra series of Folder Gluers for Straightline, Auto-bottom (Crash Lock Bottom), 4-Corner, and/or 6-Corner boxes? Looking to upgrade your legacy Corrugated Folder Gluer with a new DGM Megafold? Contact us today. We’ve got you covered!

 

Best Graphics. PPCTS. DGM Folder Gluers. Production simplified.