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First North American StitchLiner Installed at Colonial Printing

Press release from the issuing company

July 11, 2003 -- Andover, Massachusetts – Standard Finishing Systems announced that Colonial Printing of Cranston, Rhode Island has become the first printer in North America to install the new Standard Horizon StitchLiner 5500 automated saddlestitching system. “We’ve invested in Horizon technology since 1995. When we saw the StitchLiner, we saw a chance to increase our productivity, add true three-knife trimming, and go up to 50 sheets per booklet, while keeping the ultra-fast automated set-ups we need for short-run production” said Ray Menna, President, Colonial Printing. Founded in 1975, with one press, one camera, and two employees, Colonial recently moved into a new 20,000 square-foot facility with 22 employees, complete pre-press capabilities, six-color Komori with coater, four-color Komori with coater, two Heidelberg Printmasters, and a fully-equipped bindery. The StitchLiner system employs suction collator towers to feed sheets, which are scored, plow folded, and dropped onto a saddle. Complete sets are stitched, then advanced for head, foot, and face trimming, with a chip-out option allowing two-up production of up to 11,000 booklets per hour. The system incorporates end-to-end automation for quick set-ups, with a centralized icon-based color control console that can memorize up to 100 jobs for instant recall.

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