Standard FinishLine Fall 2018

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Customer Snapshot


Advanced Automation

Operators at Foxy Propaganda can achieve fast setup and changeover using the system’s two intuitive touchscreens. The team especially likes the Mark III’s job memory feature, where settings for repeat jobs can be recalled automatically from the touchscreen by job name.



Foxy Propaganda Increases Productivity, Reduces Waste with Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark III. Kennedale, TX printer specializes in catalogs, price sheets, mini-booklets, and calendars

Andover Demo Center Sees Increased Traffic and Activity.

Customer Snapshot

This year marks an all-time high for visitor traffic to Standard’s National Demonstration and Training Center. Our goal is to make it convenient and worthwhile to see Standard Horizon and Hunkeler solutions in action and we are staying true to that commitment. After reconfiguring our space to accommodate even more equipment, we are now able to host several personal or group demonstrations at one time. Whether it is to evaluate new equipment, participate in training, or gain new ideas for your print finishing workflow, the doors to our Andover, MA location are always open. The recent PRINT show in Chicago allowed us to personally catch up with hundreds of our customers in just three days. Those who attended will agree it was time well spent for the industry. This is where so many of our customer relationships get started, followed up with a more in-depth trip to our demonstration center. The customers featured in this issue have all been our guests in Andover, and each is experiencing significant productivity gains from the Standard equipment installed after that visit.


Foxy Propaganda gains efficiency with the Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark lll

Customer Feature

4-5 Hunkeler/Horizon lines paired with inkjet drive significant growth at Direct Mail Solutions

Eliminating bottleneck to achieve a 45% to 50% increase in throughput.

Showtime Wrap-up


PRINT 18 in Chicago draws high attendee turnout and interest in automated solutions

Almost 50 years ago, Tom Fowler founded The Fowler Group, a design and branding agency located in Kennedale, TX, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “When we saw digital printing coming to market,” says his son Pat Fowler, who now runs the company, “we knew it would be the perfect addition to our service offering. My dad was never interested in ‘Big Iron,’ but the idea of producing high-quality short-run printing to enable a full end-to-end offering, from concept and design through production, was quite attractive.” Foxy Propaganda, the company’s printing arm, was opened in 2006 and employs 18 people. The company recently added a Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 production inkjet printer with a 23" x 29" sheet size to its existing Xerox iGen150 toner-based digital press. “With the massively increased through- put of the AccurioJet,” Fowler adds, “our existing bookletmaker was going to be a huge bottleneck for us.” Fowler first saw the Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark III at PRINT 17 in Chicago and was impressed. “We talked about it with our dealer, Cobblestone Graphic Equipment Co., and we decided to visit the Standard demo center in Boston to make a final decision. It was an amazing experience. We were able to see everything in their portfolio, and the staff there was extremely knowledge- able.” Fowler chose to replace their existing bookletmaker with the new Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark III Saddlestitcher and has had remarkable results ever since.

Foxy Propaganda primarily produces catalogs, price sheets, and mini-booklets. The company also has a calendar business, “The combination of the StitchLiner Mark III and the AccurioJet has really revolutionized our business,” Fowler reports. “We used to print every- thing one-up, which resulted in a great deal of waste. Now we can print 2-up 11" x 17" duplex pages with a bust cut with no waste. I also like the integrated in-line scoring and the fact that we can

Innovationdays 2019


Hunkeler prepares for Innovationdays 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland this February

Customer Snapshot


Alexander’s Print Advantage turns to Standard to increase perfect binding capacity

Direct Mail Solutions out of Richmond, VA, reports such a dramatic increase in monthly mail volume with their new Hunkeler/Horizon systems that they will be adding more lines to their portfolio this fall. In Lindon, UT, Alexander’s Print Advantage is growing their on-demand book business by leaps and bounds with the

Michael Kolb, Supervisor (left) and Jason Thomas, Bindery Manager (right) stand beside their new Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark lll.

help of the new Standard Horizon BQ-480 Perfect Binder. And when Foxy Propaganda in Kennedale, TX saw a bottleneck in its bookletmaking area, they found new efficiencies with the Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark III Saddlestitcher that took their business to the next level. Thank you to our customers and partners, who choose to work with Standard so we can help move the industry forward together. We are honored to share your stories within the pages of our FinishLine.

we are able to acheive an actual production of 3,500 books per hour with the StitchLiner Mark III.” Fowler also likes the Mark III’s job memory. “If we have repeat jobs, we simply give it a code and store the setup in memory. When we are ready to run the job again, we just pull up the settings and we are ready to go. Plus, this equipment is extremely reliable – it really is ‘set it and forget it.’” This new configuration has enabled the company to bring in even more work. “We’re getting ready to add a second shift,” Fowler says, “and we are really excited about that. We’ll have two 8-hour shifts, eliminating the stress of 10-hour days to rush things out the door, and we’ll still have room to grow.”

hook up three collating towers.” The larger sheet size for both printing and finishing also meant that the company was able to bring in a significant amount of outsourced work, particularly in oversized calendar production. The new combination has also resulted in a 45% to 50% increase in throughput in the shop. “With our old system, we often had our staff working 10-hour days to get the work out,” Fowler says. “It used to take as much as 45 minutes to set up the bookletmaker, and we needed a significant number of makeready copies to get everything adjusted – often as many as 150. Now setup is 15 minutes or less, and on a standard job, we can get by with as few as 15 to 20 makeready copies because the equipment is so precise. That’s a huge savings in time and waste. Now

On the Cover Direct Mail Solutions, Richmond, VA

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