Automation Equals Speed and Ease
Today's saddle stitchers require a lot less effort to operate and offer much higher productivity. Find out how they can help you keep work in-house.
TRENDS COME and go in any industry. But in printing, automation is one trend that has staying power.
Take saddle stitchers. Many models boast features like faster makeready, easy operation and quick changeovers for booklet making. Quick set-ups and the ability to handle short runs also provide efficiency. Add user-friendly bells and whistles and production runs even more smoothly.
"People that are hired to run the machines are not as skilled as in previous years," points out Jim Gould, president of System Finishing. "No one wants to train someone for six months anymore because there is such a high turnover rate due to low pay. Machines have to be automatic."
That seems to be the sentiment of many in-plant managers who just don't have a lot of time. Their customers are clamoring for quick turnarounds and shorter runs. They can't be ignored.
"Today, in-plants are required to do shorter and shorter run lengths," notes Richard Trapilo, executive vice president and general manager of C.P. Bourg, "and saddle stitching will help with that."
Computerize And Simplify
When it comes to which features are important to you, Walter Langley, Baum U.S.A.'s product manager, says that no printer should even consider purchasing a stitcher that doesn't have a computer-controlled interface.
"Experienced operators are hard or impossible to find, and a computer-assisted makeready makes it possible for any competent employee, with the proper training, to set up a stitcher," Langley explains.
Gould agrees with Langley; with auto settings, the operator basically just has to push the right button.
But to get the most out of your stitcher, he continues, "you have to be able to set up faster. With shorter runs of 1,000 to 2,500, easier set up is required. No one has the time to set up a stitcher for half a day when they get a job that's due at 4 p.m."