Company specializes in magazines, books, manuals and brochures
Andi Druk, one of the largest printing plants in the Netherlands, recently invested in an all-new integrated inline digital print manufacturing solution consisting of a Canon Océ ColorStream 3900 digital inkjet press (recently unveiled at drupa), as well as three Muller Martini systems: SigmaLine, the Vareo perfect binder, and the Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. This inline solution represents a "world premiere" configuration:
- From the printing press, the paper web enters the SigmaFolder I where it is processed into individual signatures.
- The folded signatures are then gathered into book blocks in the SigmaCollator. The book blocks are transported inline on a belt to the Vareo with automatic loading, a PUR nozzle, glue application monitoring, barcode matching (to ensure book block and cover integrity) and a cooling section, and then on to Muller Martini's Granit three-knife trimmer.
- Alternatively, the paper web is processed into signatures in the SigmaFolder and transfers to the Presto II Digital saddle stitcher, which is used exclusively for digitally printed products and features a cover feeder, and in-line collator to collect the signatures variable for each product.
And, thanks to the integration of Muller's Connex data and process management systems, the smart configuration of these three systems ensures a seamless, touchless print finishing workflow, one that epitomizes Muller Martini's key drupa theme, "Finishing 4.0."
Andi Druk's investment in this new digital production line is a response to rapidly changing customer needs. "Our customers are increasingly requiring short runs and different versions of the same titles. Our total print volume keeps on growing," says Director Frits Keulen. To meet the new challenges, the company collaborated with two strong, strategic partners to meet its printing and print finishing needs. "The innovative solution, combining the Océ ColorStream 3900 and the Muller Martini systems, will not only allow us to deliver personalized print products quickly and with a lean production process, but will also make us unique in the Netherlands and even the whole of Western Europe," added Mr. Keulen.
The company was founded over 90 years ago and produces magazines, books, manuals and brochures for government, medical, healthcare, and other industrial sectors, as well as the educational and art markets.