Following its establishment in the book market, digital printing now also offers new opportunities for saddle stitched products. At this year's Druckforum (Printing Forum) in Filderstadt-Bernhausen (Germany), Muller Martini will show how modular saddle stitching systems provide a particularly high degree of investment protection.
Run sizes for magazines, periodicals and brochures are currently falling, while product variety is on the increase. That calls for shorter processing times, which puts the focus increasingly on digital printing in the field of saddle stitching too.
"Fit for the Digital Future with Modular Systems" is the title of the talk that Adrian Mayr, Product Management Director at Muller Martini, will give on the topic at this year's Druckforum (January 23 to February 6) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6 pm in the FILharmonie in Filderstadt-Bernhausen.
According to Mayr, Muller Martini's Presto II Digital saddle stitcher is the perfect solution for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking to be fit for the future. "With its modular design, the Presto II Digital is the ideal saddle stitcher. It's suitable both for graphic arts businesses already printing digitally and for those that are still printing conventionally, but intend to enter digital printing in the future."
Speed, Reliability and Flexibility
Switzerland's market leader in the printing of healthcare inserts and the company with the second largest share of the pharmaceutical printing market in Switzerland, Paul Büetiger AG in Biberist, has already recognized the benefits of digital ready systems. The company, which specializes in the production of booklets in (ultra) small sizes and runs, finishes both its offset and digitally printed products using a Presto II Digital saddle stitcher from Muller Martini to ensure speed and reliability. The barcode scanner with the automatic signature image recognition Asir scanning head ensures that the products are tipped onto the saddle stitcher chain with the correct make up. Paul Büetiger, company owner and managing director explains: "We can't even afford an error rate of 0.01 per thousand in the healthcare and pharmaceutical areas because of potential legal consequences."
Büetiger AG mainly uses a digital sheet-fed press from Canon/Océ for printing short runs from 50 to a maximum of 1,000 copies. These short runs have gained in significance, in the sense of print on demand, "because our customers want to keep their stock levels as low as possible," explains Büetiger. More efficient production using the Presto II Digital means that it is possible to produce much more quickly than before and to shorten delivery times. The Presto II Digital with three twinfeeders, a cover folder feeder and belt delivery produces at a maximum of 9,000 cycles per hour, processing up to 30,000 incoming signatures.
Ready for the Future with Digital Ready
Companies currently still printing exclusively using the offset method can retrofit their existing saddle stitchers at any time in the future to include the digital option and use them either for digital sheet-fed printing (along the lines of the Büetiger solution using a flat pile feeder, pocket fold unit and processing folder), for digital web printing (using an unwinding system, cross cutting and processing folder) or even for combined sheet-fed/web printing applications. "That's why the modular saddle stitchers from Muller Martini provide customers with a particularly high degree of investment protection," says Mayr.