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Book presses are what I think of as making lots of pages, but mostly black over black printing. There are book presses which use all sorts of printing methods, such as offset, gravure, letterpress, and flexo; made by Harris, Timson, Didde, Motter, ATF, Goss, King, and so one. What we have mostly listed is offset presses by Harris, ATF, Didde, and King.
Business forms provide a vital service to record transactions, processes, and events that are invaluable to business, government, and people everywhere. Even in today's computer driven World, paper documents are a still vital component.
Commercial web presses are that broad area of machines that can include 2 color Didde roll to sheet 11" cutoff machines for doing flyers and coupons, up to M1000 6 unit full size perfectors to print Time Magazine. What we have done here is try to present a mix of simple presses like the Didde, Harris-Schriber, & Stevens, and on up to the half web perfectors like the M110, and into full web machines such as Hantscho and Harris M200, M300, M600, M1000, Sunday Press, Goss C38, ATF, Nebiolo, Komori, and Heidelberg.
Direct Mail presses provide the raw materials for mailing pieces such as magazine reply cards, commercial advertizing, political response documents, contests, and many other items that jam our mailboxes. It is a very good and direct way for advertizers to get their message out to a target market. Over the last 20 years this segment has grown dramatically. This market basically segments itself by being either a letter, a reply card, or a brochure. The other distinction is if the print is variable or fixed. Mail pieces that vary are normally done continuously on a roll or pack. The fixed documents are printed in either sheets or signatures. Variable data documents are normally printed on presses by Didde, Muller Martini, Harris, RDP, Stevens, Miyakoshi, Taiyo, Sanden, Drent, or Goebel. Fixed print materials are usually made on web presses such as Heidelberg Harris half and full webs, or other makes like Hantscho, ATF, Komori, Goss, or Mitsubishi.
Newspapers are the cornerstone of the Worldwide information distribution industry. Certainly TV and Radio plus the internet have their respective places, but Newspapers are where people go to get most of their real news. And a huge print production industry is allied to put the news on paper. Browse through our pages to see what we have to offer in the way of North American made presses for this industry. We specialize in Goss, Harris, King, and Web Press Corp. And we also carry the clones of those makers.
Muller Martini is one of the World's largest makers of business forms and direct mail presses. These machines are all made in Maulberg Germany. The first machines were introduced in 1971 as the Muller Standard. It was 20 1/2" wide, variable size, and designed for the business forms markets. Shortly thereafter a 32 1/2" wide version was made. This was for the longer run business forms markets. Muller Martini presses have always been noted for having good drivelines and geard, well designed ink systems, and modular construction. From the beginning their presses reflected these strengths. Beginning in the early 1980's Muller started putting UV dryers on their presses. This allowed them to go into the direct mail coated stock markets. In 1982 Muller introduced the Progress Press. This machine hade one of the first successful pre-setup makeready systems that really worked. The Progress was very successful and over 1000 machines were made. In 1986 the Progress S was brought out. This added a huge ink system to the Progress line. Eventually the Progress S line included both 20 1/2" and 32 1/2" widths. In 1986 Muller also brought out the brilliantly engineered Pronto. This is a 3 color short run forms press that could go from roll to fold and print, number, punch, and perf, in one operation, plus! change sizes with a gear change only, without breaking the web. Hundereds of these machines were sold Worldwide. In the early 1990's Muller Martini introduced the first computer controled press of this type the Concept. This was another brilliant engineering feat. The Concept press has been hugely sucsessful in the business forms and direct mail areas. It is one of the most sought after used presses in the World. Then in the Late 1990's Muller brought out the A series heavy duty computer controlled presses in 20 1/2" (52 cm), 27" (86 cm), and 29 1/2" (74 cm) widths. This series combined the computer control of the Concept with the high capacity ink coverage of the Progress S. At the very end of the 1990's Muller servo drove the Concept and made the Concept NT. All of these machines are variable size, all have high quality drivelines (for close register), all print well, and all are modular. This is combined with Muller's good parts and service. These presses are all winners.
Digital presses create images through several processes. The main methods are; ink jet, ion deposition, laser, & magnetographcs (Bull Nipson). The key characteristic is that the images are variable and the copy is output from a computer. This is in contrast to the traditional methods using plates.
Web Press auto splicers provide non-stop running of web presses that have non-stop folders, sheeters, or rewinds. This saves a significant amount of make ready time and waste if you have longer runs. The major brands are Butler, Martin, KTI, and Enkel. They are all good.
Muller Martini is one the the World's largest builders of all sizes of perfect binders. Traditionally these have been made in Switzerland. The machines Perfect binders divide into groups basically on speed and thickness of book that can be created, but mostly speed. Within the machines technical specifications the quality of the book will be very good no matter if it is bound on a Pony or a Normbinder. The smaller machines like the Baby Pony or Amigo tend to be hand fed, and all the bigger machines mostly have feeder pockets. Please keep in mind that when you are figuring out the speed of a particular machine you have to consider the binders speed, and also the pockets rated speed. A 10,000 per hour Normbinder will only run 6,000 per hour if it is hooked up to 256E pockets rated at 6,000 per hour.
The smallest Muller machine is the Baby Pony, which in it's later models was called the Amigo. This is a 1,500 per hour rated had fed machine. In the last 12-18 months Muller has added an auto feed Amigo to put at the end of variable imaging devices. I saw one of these at the just-ended Chicago Show, and it worked slick. Basically the idea is print books digitally one at a time, and then go right into a binder. This means you can order 1 copy of an out of print book. Or you can produce at a reasonable price small quantities of custom books.
One step up from entry level is the Muller Pony and RB5, which are now called the Panda and Panda II. These machines are rated at around 3,000 books per hour and mostly come with feeders. To see a picture of one of a Pony CLICK HERE.
In addition to in line feeders these machines commonly have in line trimmers, and sometimes stackers. The next step up is 5,000-7,000 per hour and is represtented by the Monoblock and Star-MonoStar lines. These machines generally have 12-30 feeders and an inline trimmer. At the top you find the Muller Normbinders and Coronas. These are 10,000 - 18,0000 per hour machines. There is a huge difference in cost and complexity between a 1,500 per hour and a 10,000 per hour perfect binder. As with the Monoblocks and Starbinders, these machine have feeders and in line trimmers, plus usually stackers. And with these fast machines the pockets and trimmers tend to be the heavier high speed versions. For example 256S pockets instead of 256E, and Zenith trimmers and not Alpines.
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Muller Martini is the Worlds largest producer of Saddle Stitchers. The product line includes lower speed machines at 8,000 per hour like the Minuteman and Presto. Midrange stitchers like the Fox 221, 321, and Bravo T. Higher end machines such as the 335, 300, Bravo S and M. And then really high speed machines such as the 301, Prima, and Tempo.
Stitchers are a huge catagory of machines used by printers to make magazines, booklets, and books, plus many other uses. Stitchers are by far to most widely used binding device. They are used Worldwide and have a long serviceable life. The most popular brand is Muller Martini, followed by Heidelberg, Harris, Goss, and McCain. Some of the common models that show up used are used saddle stitchers, used muller saddle stithcers, used stithcers, used muller stitcher, used 221, used 321, used minutman, used muller fox, used prima, used muller 300, used stithcer, used binder, used 335, used muller 221, used mccain, used mccain 1800, mccain 1800, harris sp705, harris 562, used harris stitcher, used 562
Inserters have two major catagories that I come across, 1. Inserters for newspapers made by Kansa, Muller, and Harris, that allow you to combine sections to make a larger newspaper, or add inserts. 2. Inserters used for envolope stuffing made by people such as Pitney Bowes for putting invoices, ads, or other paper into envolopes.
web presses are that broad area of machines that can include 2 color Didde roll to sheet 11" cutoff machines for doing flyers and coupons, up to M1000 6 unit full size perfectors to print Time Magazine. What we have done here is try to present a mix of simple presses like the Didde, Harris-Schriber, & Stevens, and on up to the half web perfectors like the M110, and into full web machines such as Hantscho and Harris M200, M300, M600, M1000, and so on.