That’s the reason Don & Sue Urquhart of ADL Print, in Hastings, have just bought a new Plockmatic Docubind 102 and accompanying Docutrim 103 machine through AM International, to service the company’s growing booklet printing business.
ADL Print has been run by Don and Sue for about 16 years, and these days the company specialises in short-run publishing and digital laser printing on the company’s two Ricoh Priports and Xerox colour lasers.
Don says the booklet work is growing and he needed a machine that would speed up the process for short-run work.
“The Docubind bookmaker is fully automatic and folds, stitches and trims in one operation from its collating towers. It’s as simple as putting all the loose sheets in one end, pushing a button, and the booklets come out the other end ready for dispatch.”
He says it is a real labour saver for his business, and he likes the fact that it comes in modules with different specifications, which can be added at a later stage as needed. He also likes the ‘square edge’ feature which gives a square spine.
The company has had the machine for only a few weeks, but it has already increased productivity.
“It was so simple to install. It came by freight, we unwrapped it, plugged it in and had it running straight away. It arrived in the afternoon, and we literally did our first job on it the following morning.”
He says he looked at similar machines, but he settled on the Plockmatic because of its modular design. All together with the dual tower collating system, the machine will saddle staple and fold, side staple or corner staple from 10 stations with another 10 stations collating the print output on the integral receiving stacker.
The latest Plockmatic now available through AM International comes in two configurations. The Plockmatic 104 SquareFold comes in an off-line model for hand feeding, or an online version that connects with any Plockmatic Trimmer, which does away with the need for a belt stacker.
The SquareFold has been displayed at Ipex in the UK and at Graph Expo in Chicago and has generated a lot of interest because of its suitability for copy shops, quick printers and small to medium sized commercial printers.
It produces perfectly flat booklets which look as good as professional glossy magazines and are easy to stack, taking up a third less room than booklets done by other methods.
The square spine of the booklets are printable, and they stay flat when open.
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