As digital book production continues to evolve, so does the need for equipment with greater productivity and flexibility. Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., and Océ, with North American headquarters in Trumbull, Conn., teamed up at this year’s On Demand Conference & Exposition, held from April 17 to 19 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, to demonstrate the benefits of inline digital book manufacturing. Muller Martini featured the next generation of its SigmaLine OnDemand technology, and Océ highlighted its powerful new VarioStream continuous feed printing system. The two companies demonstrated a complete inline book printing and finishing system configured to optimize versatility in two distinct
For decades now, we’ve been hearing talk of the death of print. Cliché phrases such as, “No one reads,” “Books are on the way out,” and “Paper printing is a dead technology,” are heard again and again by those modeling the latest, most fashionable gadgets and the so-called experts. Hype comes in many forms. The computer is more than half a century old now; the personal computer has been ubiquitous for two decades – the laptop for 10 years; PDAs and palm-enabled phones are quickly usurping the laptop. With each newer, smaller machine the volume swells on the old chant: “Books are doomed! The
Yeoman Joins Muller Martini as Corporate Technology Manager Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., a manufacturer of variable size web offset presses, recently announced the appointment of Edwin Yeoman to the position of corporate technology manager. In his new role, Yeoman will be responsible for leading the development and deployment of emerging technologies in strategic segments of the company's U.S. marketplace. "Ed's background encompasses a diverse spectrum of expertise that will be instrumental in helping us address the changing technological demands of the company and our markets," said Werner Naegeli, president and CEO of Muller Martini. For more information, call (888) 268-5537.
Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., and Kodak Versamark, Dayton, Ohio, have signed a reseller agreement under which Kodak Versamark will provide its continuous ink jet printing systems to Muller Martini for mounting onto the Muller Martini Concepta variable-size web-offset press. The result is a hybrid printing system that is fully integrated into the workflow of the Concepta press, providing the cost-effectiveness, reliability and quality of traditional offset printing with the ability to produce personalized documents with digital, high-speed variable printing at a highly economical cost per page. During Print '05 in September, Muller Martini and Kodak demonstrated the hybrid offset/digital press configuration at
Laser printing and direct mail redefine the market "INTEGRATED PRODUCTS are critical to the forms industry," noted Tom Yeager, vice president of sales and marketing at Batavia, Illinois-based Strata-Tac, a supplier of pressure-sensitive films and laminates for integrated labels, cards, coupons and magnets. "The products allow forms presses to go beyond traditional business forms, and open up new markets for manufacturers and distributors." Yeager added that with the popularity of laser printers, integrated products have become the new "it" in the industry. "Laser printers are so widely used that distributors can't help but to create products that can incorporate laser images—namely integrated
Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., will feature its SigmaLine system of modular and scaleable digital OnDemand components at Print '05, Sept. 9-15 in Chicago. The system is the world's first commercial-quality, modular, digital book manufacturing solution that brings diverse printing and finishing to shops of all sizes. SigmaLine enables printers, binderies and in-house operations to complement their existing book manufacturing capabilities by adding greater efficiency and diversity to individual areas. It also allows companies to implement a whole new strategy by creating an entire OnDemand platform. Muller Martini will partner with two other graphic arts companies at the show to display SigmaLine's highly agile
Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y., will demonstrate its new Tempo 22 saddle stitcher at Print ‘05 from Sept. 9 to 15, at the McCormick Place South Building in Chicago. Tempo 22 has a rated top speed of 22,000 cycles per hour, enabling it to deliver increased productivity and efficiency to binding operations. The Tempo 22 is a comprehensive and highly advanced stitching platform that features several technologies, including a flat-pile feeder, folder feeder, trimmer and Robusto stacker. It boasts versatile capabilities for in-line ink-jetting and can handle tip-on production. In addition, all production optimization settings are located on the outside of the machine,
Datatel Resources, Monaca, Pa., recently announced that it has added in-line consecutive numbering to all of its cut-sheet products, including 11" and 14" depth cut-sheets. The added capability is incorporated into Datatel's high-color, interstage UV Muller Martini press. In addition, the company recently added in-line folding to its collating capabilities. This process provides for the folding of multiple-part documents during the collating process, primarily with unit sets. The capability is incorporated into Datatel's high-speed jumbo roll collators. For more information, call (724) 775-5300.
Manufacturers' presses accommodate customers' needs By Stacey Wenzel Commercial printing is emerging as one of the more profitable avenues for forms manufacturers seeking new areas for growth. But to keep up with the changing market, manufacturers have to stay on the cutting edge of new technology. "We think that many forms manufacturers will enter into the regular commercial printing field over the next few years," said Bob Nuttmann, national sales manager for the press division of Muller Martini, Hauppauge, N.Y. According to Dick Prentice, director of sales and services for Graphic Systems Services (GSS), Dayton, Ohio, some printers are trying to produce commercial printing and direct mail with