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Von Hoffmann Adds EskoScan & Muller Martini Equipment: 100% Digital Workflow

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Investments Support 100% Digital Workflow and Increased Bindery Capacity  St Louis, Missouri, November 8, 2002  – Von Hoffmann, a leading North American educational and commercial printer, is pleased to announce the addition of a Purup-Eskofot EskoScan 2636 Scanner, and a Muller Martini Bravo-S Saddle Stitcher to its Frederick, Maryland Manufacturing Division. The installation of a Purup-Eskofot EskoScan 2636 scanner allows the Frederick Division to take conventional materials and convert them to digital files.  This scanner compliments the existing Fujitsu IPC-4D flatbed scanner which is used for scanning camera copy.  The EskoScan 2636 enables the move to a 100% digital workflow, and supports direct to plate capabilities.  There are other important benefits gained from working with digital files.   Digital files can quickly be transferred between plants for scheduling or capacity purposes; they eliminate the need for film storage; and they support digital proofing processes.  The Frederick Division will also be adding a new Muller Martini Bravo-S saddle stitcher for planned production in early 2003. The machine features a cover folder-feeder and six (6) signature feeder stations. The system converts signatures into completed books at the rate of 12,000 cycles per hour.  The new machine will equip Frederick to provide its customers with a variety of services. Bravo S’s modular design allows its feeders and peripherals to be configured to produce an array of stitched products. It handles both one-up and two-up production and can accommodate high folio, low folio or suction opening of signatures. Von Hoffmann is a leading North American printer of educational and commercial products.  From design, prepress, and print, through mailing, fulfillment, and distribution, the company offers a broad range of integrated services.  Corporate offices are located in St Louis, Missouri