Fast make-ready times and perfect binding are particularly important in the SzóKép Printing family business, where three generations work, because the run lengths per job are constantly decreasing as a result of digital printing.
In order to optimise its softcover production, Budapest-based SzóKép Printing put a new Pantera perfect binder line from Muller Martini into operation last month. Until now, the company, which was founded in 1996 by Olivér Szikszay and employs 48 people, used two smaller perfect binders. These included an Amigo from Muller Martini for hotmelt gluing and a second from another manufacturer for PUR gluing – for the approximately 1.5 million softcover products it produces each year in a wide range of formats between A6 and A4, some with a spine thickness of just 1mm.
‘By only needing one machine now with the Pantera,’ said Olivér Szikszay, ‘we not only produce more economically, but also increase our softcover capacities and the quality of the end products at the same time.’
The Pantera line with a 3692 gathering machine (16 stations), hand feeder and drying tower was chosen by the full-service printing company with state-of-the-art CTP equipment, three presses and postpress firstly because of its fast make-ready and secondly because it forms an ideal duo with the Granit three-knife trimmer.
‘Digital printing ensures that the product range for our customers, mainly in Hungary but also abroad, grows continuously from year to year,’ said Szikszay. In addition to perfect binding, SzóKép Printing also attaches great importance to saddle stitching. The company relies on a Primera C110 from Muller Martini for the approximately 13 million products it stitches each year.
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