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

 

Best Graphics, Ibis’ North American Distributor, Install 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, Direct Mail-Commerail Printer in the state of California. The unit will be run “near line” behind a Hunkeler unwinder, sheeter, and the first-of-its-kind California-based HP PageWide web press.

 

Best Graphics’ Ibis Smart-binder 2 Variable Page Count Saddle Stitcher

 

Taking rolls, printed on a HP PageWide T240 digital web press, the Hunkeler unwinder will feed a continuous roll of paper into the Hunkeler sheeter, which separates the paper into individual, 4-page signatures before arrival into the Ibis Smart-binder 2. Use of the Hewlett Packard PageWide digital press allows for variable data to be applied to each 4-page signature as needed, ultimately customizing each booklet stitched.

 

Printed on each individual 4-page signature is a 2D, a 3 to 9, or comparable barcode that is read by cameras, which reverts back to the Ibis’ central hub, ultimately ensuring 100% accurate production. When the appropriate amount of 4-pagers required for one personalized booklet is complete, the collated set is released, a cover is matched, and the booklet is saddle stitched and trimmed. Again, every booklet is unique: each page can retain unique data that is highly personalized and be variable in page count from the booklet produced before, or after it!

 

This Ibis Smart-binder 2 installed in California utilizes Hohner stitch heads for booklet-making, and is prepared for future upgrades to accept our patented, spine gluing technology (SB 3). This style of booklet making is preferred by direct mail, and mail house operations that frequently insert the piece alongside other collated material. Existing Smart-binder 3 users, with the patented spine glue capabilities, suggest these booklets lay flatter, and insert more easily than stitched booklets, which have more “pillow” in them.

 

Best Graphics, in conjunction with Ibis, will handle the California installation, training and post-Sales service & parts warranty.

 

We’re thrilled to be partnering with a top 50 global leader in HP productivity, and look forward to growing their direct mail customer engagement.

 

Interested in learning more about how Ibis Saddle Stitchers can support your clients in the healthcare, political, student test score, financial/transactional, church bulletin, and variable data verticals? Contact us.

 

Best Graphics, Ibis: highly personalized. Just. Like. You.

 

 

Best Graphics Beats Out Muller Martini for Large, East Coast Book Bindery’s Perfect Binder Business

 

Best Graphics and Wohlenberg Answer the High Production, Short Run Perfect Binder Conundrum – 

 

Best Graphics, Wohlenberg’s North American Sales Agents

 

Best Graphics Group (Milwaukee, WI) were recently onsite, alongside our German Wohlenberg colleagues, at one of the Northeast’s largest Book Publishers overseeing our recently installed Wohlenberg Quickbinder Perfect Binder inline with a Wohlenberg Trim-tec 60e automated Three Knife Trimmer, book transfer conveyance, and a Busch Waste Scap Removal system.

 

Running alongside legacy, full system Kolbus Perfect Binders, and Muller Martini Perfect Binders, Best Graphics’ compact footprint, 2,000/Hr. Wohlenberg Quickbinder is the reliable solution large Book Binderies depend on for second edition re-prints, “one off samples,” or 8-10,000 perfect bound book runs that would require a plant to otherwise “break in” to a full system run.

 

Manufactured with the same principles of a our larger, full system Wohlenberg Perfect Binders with Gathering Stations, our handfed Wohlenberg Quickbinder is a robust, well constructed 15 – 20 – 25 year asset. When compared to Duplo, Horizon and Bourg Perfect Binders, designed for the digital market with a 3 – 5 – 7 year asset, Wohlenberg’s prove their meddle: (5) clamps, dual spine prep station, extra long 17″ spine length capabilities, 2.75″ max. thicknesses, heavy-duty, dual scoring shafts, rotary cover feeder, an adjustable “nip” section, EVA hotmelt and PUR spine glue options, and a gentle, laydown discharge.

 

The machine is also extremely user friendly: our large Navigator touch screen control actuates all direct motor drives for a tool-less changeover from one book size format to another. With the growth of the digital print market, and book runs being  reduced to the “just in time (JIT)” inventory model, jumping from job-to-job in moments, yet delivering a square back book perceived as being done on a full system Perfect Binder gives you a leg up on the competition.

 

Looking to differentiate yourself? Wohlenberg’s focus on innovation, and differentiaiton is a key driver in machine sales: Wohlenberg Quickbinders, 2,000 per hour handfed machines, have the ability to inline gauze. They also have “Delta 10” clamping technology to accept variable book thickness work one behind another!

 

When it came to Three Knife Trimmers, Best Graphics’ client recognized the storied history Wohlenberg have built. Their name is synonymous with Three Knife Trimmers, and in fact, at one point in their manufacturing career, Wohlenberg were actually producing Three Knife Trimmers for Kolbus, and Muller Martini Perfect Binding lines!!

 

Best Graphics’ configured this system with a Wohlenberg Trim-tem 60e automated Three Knife Trimmer, our 3,600 cycle per hour machine. Like our Quickbinder Perfect Binder, the Trim-tec 60e is easily operated by a large Navigator color touch screen where all book measurement are input. Set up is tool-less, and all drives adjust automatically.

 

Upon completion of this East Coast Printer’s “nickel tour,” the company’s management staff said they’d made the right long-term decision when comparing Best Graphics Quickbinder with Muller Martini’s Vareo Binder, and would welcome future visitors for machine demonstrations.

 

With delivery, installation, training and a 24-month system warranty, Best Graphics and this East Coast Book Printer are well on their way to a long, formidable partnership.

 

. . . Best Graphics. Wohlenberg. Book smart!