Standard FinishLine Fall 2017

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Customer Snapshot

The new Standard Horizon equipment has allowed Printers 3 to meet the fast turnaround needs of their clients with next day delivery. The SPF-200A Bookletmaker (near right) features speeds up to 4,500 booklets/hour, while the BQ-270V Perfect Binder (far right) offers full automation and repeat job settings. Bindery operators at Printers 3 appreciate the quick setup and easy operation provided by both machines.




Printers 3 Speeds Time to Market with On-Site Finishing. Long Island, NY printer produces a wide range of books and manuals Bringing saddlestitching and perfect binding in-house to deliver fast turnaround.

Ready for 2018 and Beyond…

Customer Snapshot

At the recent Print show in Chicago, Standard debuted more new products than ever before – all of which are now up and running at our National Demonstration and Training Center in Andover, MA. Even more exciting is that some of this equipment has already been installed with our customers. We look forward to sharing firsthand success stories in 2018. Inside this issue, we highlight new saddlestitching, folding, and perfect binding solutions from Horizon, along with Hunkeler’s much anticipated POPP8 generation, which reaches new heights of speed, automation and flexibility. Scan the interactive QR code on page 7 to see one of our live presentations from the show floor! As the print industry continues to evolve, Standard solutions are allowing our customers to expand their capabilities and take advantage of new opportunities, instead of turning business away. The stories we present in this issue are perfect examples. Based in Greenville, NC, AccuLink was able to take on a game-changing client with the acquisition of the Horizon SmartStacker to profitably produce hundreds of thousands of personalized cards per day. As a result of the new work and additional volume, they more than doubled the size of their workforce. Houston-based Alliance is serving a new niche with their Roll-


Printers 3 brings saddlestitching and perfect binding in-house to meet the fast turnaround needs of their clients

Customer Profile

4-5 Standard Horizon SmartStacker facilitates growth opportunities at AccuLink, taking their personalized card business to the next level

saddlestitching and perfect binding in- house to meet the fast turnaround needs of our clients.” Viscuso viewed equipment at Graph Expo in Chicago and narrowed his search to two vendors. “I ultimately decided to invest in Standard Horizon equipment,” he noted. “The equipment

setup with no cycle lag time for books of different thicknesses. The equipment was installed by Standard Horizon dealer Northern Machine Works. “Not only did we eliminate the elapsed time required to send binding out,” Viscuso said, “but we now have the ability to start binding as soon as one book is printed. It has made a huge difference in our turnaround time. Plus, we can store settings for repeat jobs, which basically reduces setup time to almost nothing.” Viscuso cited a recent job for an author who needed next day delivery of 300 copies of his book for a conference. “We were able to turn that around, no problem,” he said. Printers 3 also produces perfect bound common core math books for several school districts, as well as journals, both perfect bound and saddlestitched. “We also do a lot of event- related materials, typically perfect bound books that include ads. It’s a blessing to have perfect binding on-site to be able to handle all of these requirements in a timely manner.” Viscuso also described work for a health care client in the 4th quarter that has them running seven days a week. “These are perfect bound books and some saddlestitched materials. There is no physical way on earth we could get this job done without having the Standard Horizon equipment in-house.”

Anthony Viscuso explained that his father founded Printers 3 as a small offset commercial printer in 1985. He said, “It wasn’t too long before I saw things beginning to change and acquired our first digital press, a Xerox DocuTech, in the early 1990s.” Anthony bought his father out in 2006 and completed the analog-to-


6-7 Print 17 in Chicago provides perfect platform to unveil Standard’s new finishing solutions, including advanced saddlestitching solutions from Horizon and the next generation of Hunkeler paper handling systems

digital transformation, with only two small offset presses remaining. “Today, we’re a general commercial printer, producing a wide range of applications with a primary focus on books and manuals for various businesses, and authors who are interested in self- publishing,” Viscuso added.

basically sold itself, but I also appreciated the knowledge and effort of the Standard team that helped me make the best choice for my business.” Viscuso initially chose to acquire the Horizon SPF-200A Bookletmaker with HOF-400 Sheet Feeder. This fully

Customer Snapshot


Hunkeler/Horizon Roll-to-Booklet solution at Alliance streamlines production while reducing labor costs

to-Booklet solution and near-line digital press, producing manuals at levels that could not realistically be achieved with their traditional equipment. Meanwhile, Printers 3 on Long Island brought their saddlestitching and perfect binding work in-house with the help of Standard Horizon systems and now provides next day delivery for their bound products. Whatever your finishing challenge, we welcome the chance to help you solve it with the right mix of Horizon and Hunkeler solutions. Please continue to include us in your feeding and finishing discussions and enjoy this issue! .

Anthony Viscuso, President

automated combination stitcher/folder and face trimmer has production speeds of up to 4,500 booklets per hour and features fast setup. “This worked so well for us,” Viscuso reported, “that two months later we added a Horizon BQ- 270V Perfect Binder. Now we are able to provide next-day delivery – or even same day in some cases – on many of our bound products.” This single-clamp binder also features fully automated operation for binding of variable thickness books at up to 500 books per hour. It includes a sensor-activated digital caliper system which consistently measures book block thickness and automatically transfers this data to the binder for quick, automated

Printers 3, located on Long Island, had an older saddlestitcher in place, but it was complicated and took a long time to manually set up, typically as much as 30 minutes. “Plus,” he said, “I only had one operator who knew the machine, so it was problematic.” As a result, Printers 3 was outsourcing most of its bindery work. “This was challenging for us,” Viscuso said, “since it typically added at least two days to the process. And although it didn’t happen often, if there was a problem, for example with the size of the spine, the times could be longer. We needed to bring both

On the Cover AccuLink, Greenville, NC

(Left to Right) Tom O’Brien, Operations Manager Wayne Renn, VP of Manufacturing

Doug Reny Vice President of Operations David Reny Executive Vice President

Publisher: Standard Finishing Systems

Steven Reny President

10 Connector Road Andover, MA 01810 Tel. 978-470-1920

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