Courier Upgrades Press in Effort to Improve Production
A significant upgrade to one of Courier’s six manufacturing plants is expected to help the fifth-largest book manufacturer and specialty publisher in the North America improve the production and print quality of millions of books.
The company announced this week that it has added a EPG (Essex Products Group) KeyColor C remote ink control system to its Westford, Mass. plant. The installation, part of a larger press overhaul at the short-run plant, will enable Courier to reduce makeready time and waste by accurately presetting the ink fountain keys.
“As one of Courier Corporation’s short-run book plants, it is imperative that we have the tools necessary to remain as close to the delivery section of the press as possible,” said Dave Bugsch, the plant’s web pressroom manager. “Remote ink control allows our operators to have better control over finished signature quality.”
The Courier six plants produce more than 140 million books last year one- to four-color soft and hardcover books, the company said.
According to Book Business magazine’s “2006 Top 30 Book Manufacturers” list, Courier brought in $192,983,250 of revenue from books in 2005, ranking the company the fifth-largest North American book manufacturers.