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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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 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 Sells Another Osako High Speed Saddle Stitcher

 

Best Graphics Beats Muller Martini for Brand New, Automated Stitcher Sale – 

Best Graphics & Osako High Speed, Automated Saddle Stitchers

 

Best Graphics (Milwaukee, WI), the exclusive importer, distributor, and post-Sales service & support for Osako Saddle Stitchers has sold a 12,000/hour, automated Tener Alpha model in Arkansas, USA.

 

This Little Rock, AR Commercial Printer elected to purchase a 6/C configuration complete with our OT-329 “Duo” Dual Three Knife Trimmer. Producing both 5.5″ x 8.5″ 2-up booklets, and oversized 12″ x 17″ single-up wire stitched books, our Osako OT-329 “Duo” allows Printers, Trade Finishers, and Web shops the opportunity to engage the second Trimmer section with fixed 4th & 5th Knife at the push of a button. Jumping from 2-up work back to an oversized 1-up job is just as easy, with the second Trimmer’s yoke deactivated, or disengaged.

 

 

The Osako “Alpha” series offers an automation package within the Stitcher section, the Signature Feeders, the Line Chain/Rail section, and the Infeed section of the Three Knife Trimmer. Operators utilize our color touch screen console for computer guided make-readies, troubleshooting, and size format inputs. Tener Alpha models also include dual caliper — mechanical, and digital — monitoring; “downstream inhibit” for signature misfeed; synchronized start-and-stop technology to reduce signature waste; tilt back (or forward) feeders to better signature placement on the rail; and individual Becker pumps on each Rotary Feeder, or Cover Feeder for better air timing, displacement.

 

Like all Osako Saddle Stitcher sales, this high speed Tener Alpha with (6) Signature Feeders, and (1) Cover Feeder is backed by Best Graphics’ industry leading 3-year parts & labor warranty. Delivery, installation, and training are also included with purchase.

 

Best Graphics also take trade ins. Looking to sell your:

  • Muller Martini Minuteman Saddle Stitcher
  • Muller Martini 321 Fox Saddle Stitcher
  • Muller Martini 335 Saddle Stitcher
  • Muller Martini Bravo, Bravo T Saddle Stitcher
  • Muller Martini Prima, Prima S Saddle Stitcher, or
  • Heidelberg ST-100, ST-270, ST-350 or ST-400 Saddle Stitcher?

 

. . . We can help!

 

Contact Best Graphics for all your new, and used Saddle Stitching equipment, parts, service, and training. Toll free at (800) 236-7603, or online at www.BestGraphics.net! Request more information today.

 

 

More Commercial Printers Choose Osako Saddle Stitchers

 

 

Southeast, and West Coast Commercial Printers Invest In New, High Speed Osako Saddle Stitchers from Best Graphics! 

 

Best Graphics (Waukesha, WI) the exclusive U.S. distributor, and post-Sales support for the Japanese line of high production, automated Osako Saddle Stitchers places machines at Commercial Print facilities in Florida, and Nevada.

 

Installed just outside Jacksonville, FL a North American Top 400 Printer looked to Best Graphics for their latest Saddle Stitcher investment. This Sheetfed & Digital outfit purchased a compact footprint, (6) signature feeder, (1) cover feeder configured Osako Micro to replace a Muller Martini Saddle Stitcher. With an extended machine warranty, delivery, install, training and money to spare, Mike, the shop owner opted to also purchase a Rima Stacker. The installation and training was carried out by Best Graphics’ service department. 

 

 

Featuring a color touch screen for job makeready assistance, an automation package that reduces job prep to mere minutes, and productivity that’s currently exceeding Florida’s previous Muller Martini Stitcher by three times the output, Best Graphics are pleased to have another satisfied customer join “the family”! We are now in conversations with their team about a 41″ Young Shin flatbed Die Cutter with Stripping for Q4 2019, Q1 2020.

 

On the other side of the U.S., a Las Vegas, Nevada Commercial Print operation has just purchased one of Best Graphics’ mid-tier, automated Osako Estar Alpha Saddle Stitchers. Configured as a (6) station, (1) cover feeder design, this 10,000bph Osako Estar Alpha included a 4th & 5th knife for 2-up bookletmaking, a Busch waste removal system, delivery, installation, training, and an extended machine warranty.

 

 

Featuring our Osako OT-2000A fully automated three-knife trimmer, where preset jobs are “pushed” from the Osako’s main, color touch screen to the trimmer intelligently, all motors, belts and yoke timing adjusts automatically. In combination with our automated line chain-to-stitch head positioning, feeder-to-chain timing, synchro start-and-stop, and downstream inhibit technology this Osako Estar Alpha delivers high output, fast job changeovers, and minimizes waste booklets.

 

Deemed surplus, Best Graphics removed a Heidelberg ST series Stitcher with the increased output of the newly installed Nevada-based Osako Estar Alpha. Coincidentally, Las Vegas is pursuing a Young Shin 41″ Die Cutter-Stripper from Best Graphics for year’s end!

 

Considering a new Saddle Stitcher upgrade? Concerned about used Muller Martini Stitchers at auction? Need a company with a service staff, a dedicated parts department, and nearly three decades as an importer, distributor and installer of Saddle Stitching equipment? Contact Best Graphics, your source for high speed, automated Saddle Stitchers.

 

Best Graphics. Osako. Saddle Stitchers. Affordable Automation.

 

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!

 

New York’s Fastest Growing Printer Chooses Osako Saddle Stitchers

 

Nothing Like Selling In Your Competitor’s “Backyard”! 

Best Graphics, Osako’s North American Importer of Saddle Stitchers

 

Best Graphics Group (Milwaukee, WI) has recently installed an automated, high speed Osako Tener Alpha Saddle Stitcher on Long Island, at New York’s fastest growing Commercial Printer. Manufactured in Japan, this Osako was installed in the Commercial Printer’s recently opened, second production facility.

 

Best Graphics have been the exclusive import agents, installers, and post-sales parts support partner of Osako Saddle Stitchers for nearly four decades. This particular Saddle Stitching system configuration included: (6) tool-less setup, double diameter signature feeders, (1) rotary cover feeder with dual-register and unmatched spine folding “crimp bar,” our 12,000/hour model 612 stitching unit with color touch screen control, dual caliper thickness detection, and bad-book ejection, an 18″+ spine length model OT-2000 three knife trimmer with 4th and 5th knife for quick, easy 2-up bookletmaking, shingle delivery section, and a waste scrap removal system.

 

With a proven lower cost of ownership than Muller Martini Saddle Stitchers, our Osako line covers the key areas Commercial Printers, Trade Binderies, and fast turn around Digital Print Shops have come to demand in the ever competitive North American market: purchase price, automation, high speed production, and access to parts. As a North American leader in machinery sales, technical service, and a deep spare parts stock inventory, Best Graphics continues to deliver on all four categories in spades!

 

With a 70-year history of Saddle Stitcher, and Three Knife Trimmer manufacturing, Osako is a reliable brand offered in (3) different ranges: the 9,000/hour Micro, the 10,000/hour Estar Alpha, and the 12,000/hour Tener Alpha. Robust in design, Best Graphics include an industry leading 3-year warranty on all new Osako Saddle Stitcher installations! Our Osako Saddle Stitchers compliment our portfolio offers of other leading, marquee Bindery | Finishing | Packaging equipment: our Wohlenberg Perfect Binders, our Itotec Guillotine Cutters, our Ibis variable page Smart-binder Bookletmakers, our Busch Pile Turner-Aerators, and our Palamides secondhand Delta 703 overhauling process.

 

Have a used Heidelberg ST-90, Heidelberg ST-100, Heidelberg ST-270, Heidelberg ST-350, Heidelberg ST-400, or Heidelberg ST-450 Saddle Stitcher for sale? At risk of paying for costly service on a Heidelberg Stitcher that’s not worth the return? Have a secondhand, used Muller Martini Presto, Muller Martini Bravo, Muller Martini Prima, or Muller Martini Primera? Paying too much money for over-the-phone service support? Constantly battling Muller Martini Parts Department to ensure your Saddle Stitcher parts ship out? Call us, or make an “Online Submission” today! Let’s talk about trading in your high speed, used Saddle Stitcher for an Osako automated Stitcher.

 

Best Graphics. Best Osako . . . know better value!