'The Simplest Approach to Punching'
It’s tough to rely on a punch that can’t handle tabs and constantly misfeeds. That was the case with Frank Oliver’s old punch. “It wasn’t working very well at all,” says Oliver, print shop supervisor for the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services. “I was just looking for a better machine that had the simplest approach to punching paper.”
He found it in the Alpha-Doc automatic punch, from Spiral Binding Co. The 12-employee in-plant added the punch to its Norwich, N.Y., facility in November. Capable of producing 48,000 punched sheets per hour, it features a turnover device to keep pre-collated document pages in the right order.
“That machine is...the best punch I’ve seen because it’s such a simple design,” he lauds.
It can be easily adjusted to accommodate the different book sizes of the student planners, test review packets and other learning materials that the shop produces for some 60 rural school districts across New York state.
And as for tabs...they’re a piece of cake, Oliver says.
“With the Alpha-Doc there’s these pins that you just loosen by hand, and you can adjust the pins so they miss the tab,” he describes. “It’s a really simple design.”
A lot of the in-plant’s jobs have tabs, he says, so the ability to handle them was a key factor in the decision to get the Alpha-Doc.
“It just whips right through those,” he says.
He likes that the Alpha-Doc feeds from the top of the pile and jogs the paper before punching it. The speed can be adjusted too.
“It holds quite a bit of paper, so you can stack in quite a few jobs and just hit the button and go,” he remarks. “I can have any of my people, even people that aren’t really familiar with the bindery, run the machine.”
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.