On-Demand Bindery Shortens Turnaround of Hardcovers
April 1, 2005

Printing hardcover books on-demand just got a little easier for a Massachusetts-based library and on-demand binding company. Bridgeport National Bindery Inc. of Agawam recently installed a Bookmaster360 to produce its hardcover books in quantities as low as a single copy. Producing small quantities of hardbound books with current on-demand binding operations typically averages five to seven days, says Bruce Jacobsen, vice president of Bridgeport National Bindery. "We expect the arrival of this machine to change that," he says. "It will help us to meet our goal of a three-day turnaround." The Bookmaster360, manufactured by bielomatik inc. of Neuffen, Germany, features a

Buyers Guide for CD/DVD Reproduction Services
April 1, 2005

5 Tips for Buying CD/DVD Reproduction Services The following tips—provided by Todd Grant, chief executive officer of New Territories, a supply chain solutions provider—are important to consider before embarking on your next (or first) CD or DVD project. 1 Keep the audience in mind when determining which file format is best for your book. Text files convert easily and accurately to PDF, but XML is more robust and flexible. Your choice of format will definitely depend on how the electronic content will be used.   2 Consider the purpose of the content. Some publishers provide searchable text files of books on CD or

RFID Tags Embedded in Books
April 1, 2005

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology was patented in 1973 and now is making its way into book publishing. Manufacturers and retailers, including The Gillette Co., Michelin and Wal-Mart, are embedding RFID tags in their packaging to automate checkout, track inventory and control theft. A book manufacturer has developed a process that embeds the chips in the chipboard of hardcover books during manufacturing. BindTech Inc. in Nashville, Tenn., conceived of the idea to embed the Smart Guard technology serendipitously, while manufacturing DVDs last spring. "We put an electromagnetic bar inside the [CD] case to prevent theft, but the bar interfered with the CD's graphics," says

Books That Beg for Attention
February 1, 2005

Competition in the book market is often fierce, and many book designers opt for foil, metallic, UV coating, or new or unusual substrates to set their titles apart and attract consumers. The challenges in committing to such innovative techniques are often difficulty, cost and production deadlines—using alternative materials can be more expensive, more complex to produce and more time-consuming. What it often comes down to is: Will the potential added time and expense translate into additional sales for this specific title? Some considerations publishers have to weigh before adding extras are the prestige of the author or project, the quality of the project

A Supply Chain That Runs Itself
December 1, 2004

The grandees of business re-engineering have been preaching for years about the power of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) to large corporations like GM and Ford. You might be surprised to learn that these lessons can also be effectively applied in the graphic arts industry for small and large shops alike. Process automation offers a golden opportunity to increase capacity, up productivity, optimize staff resources, and improve cash flow—even in today's economy. You may be asking, "Why should I think about automation if I'm [just] trying to stay alive?" The simple before-and-after snapshot in this article should give you an answer. PROCESS AUTOMATION …

Navigating the Global Market
October 1, 2004

If you're considering offshore sourcing, here are some additional words of caution. Milton Batalion, senior vice president of production and manufacturing for Time Warner Book Group, says selecting an offshore printer is much like selecting a domestic printer. But no matter what printer you choose, challenges can arise in managing such a long-distance relationship, primarily in shipping and potential delays. Rail congestion, for example, has been a recent concern, as it is making it difficult for book shipments arriving on the West Coast to be moved on time. "It could be just the peak season, but it's also likely that there is just a

Offshoring and the Global Marketplace
October 1, 2004

Offshoring has taken on new meaning in recent years. The Web, electronic file transfer, advancements in foreign technology and faster, better ways to communicate globally have all stirred the waters of opportunity for tapping the American marketplace from overseas. A global marketplace has swelled beyond what many expected. For some, this means greater opportunity, savings and growth. For others, it means the promise of more jobless Americans, more abandoned factories, more unfair labor competition. For many book publishers, specifically, it means more options for manufacturing books cost-effectively. It means new options for digital content creation, design and editorial. It means increased profitability, growth

Struck By Gold
October 1, 2004

And the winners of the 17th annual Gold Ink Awards are … As summer rolls into fall, it's time once again to announce, and display on these pages, the winners in the book competition of the 2004 Gold Ink Awards, which has earned the respect of some of the most renowned producers of printed material in the industry. Over the course of three days, our esteemed judges poured over entries in 46 categories, including eight book categories, debating the merits and sweating over each nuance of the 1,574 submissions before bestowing a gold, silver or bronze designation on a winner. It was tiring work

Banta Expands Va. Distribution Center
August 1, 2004

Banta Corp. expanded its Harrisonburg, Va., distribution facility to accommodate new business, spending $6.5 million to extend the facility by 179,000 square feet. The company expanded the center to 433,000 square feet and added 20,000 full pallet locations, conveyor belts and returns processing equipment. The distribution center connects to Banta's print facility where finished products are moved from the bindery to the distribution center using self-guided vehicles. The added space improves the efficiencies at the facility, including reducing fulfillment and transportation costs, says Dwayne Black, VP of operations for Banta. The addition increases Banta's processing capability to 5,500 cartons of books and materials a

BCI Begins U.S. Production of Graphic Board
June 1, 2004

A new U.S.-based mill producing graphic board (a type of cover board made with specific fibers) is up and running after several months of preparations. The Newark Group Inc., manufacturer of recycled paperboard, invested more than $100 million to fit a Fitchburgh, Mass., mill that it purchased last fall for producing graphic board for its Graphicboard Products BCI division. Company officials say the mill is the only producer of graphic board in the United States. The company invested in the mill so it could offer a full range of thicknesses of its NewEx brand of graphic board product at an annual