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Oct 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Founded in 1973 by Rich and Wendy Lindemann, Total Printing Systems (Newton, IL) is a family owned digital book manufacturer. TPS' comprehensive bindery capabilities include mechanical, saddlestitch, looseleaf, perfect binding and case binding. TPS also houses an extensive shipping and fulfillment center in its 32,000-sq.-ft. facility.

As the first book manufacturer to install the Scitex VersaMark digital inkjet web press, back in 2001, the Lindemanns believe the key to TPS' success is the flexibility it has achieved through its combination of diversified digital and offset, sheetfed and web presses. This includes three non-heatset web presses; four sheetfed presses (up to 22.5 inches); as well as a powerful line of digital presses including the VersaMark, Kodak NexPress and Xerox Docutech NP135s. “We typically print longer-run saddlestitched books via web offset,” says Rick Lindemann, vice president. “We find that our inkjet webs are competitive against offset printing up to 3,000 copies. Depending on the project, it's sometimes longer.”

Short-run speed

To complement its already eclectic array of pressroom equipment, the printer recently added the Screen Truepress Jet520. Designed for the production of books, catalogs, direct mail, statements and newsletters, Lindemann says its new roll-fed printing system has been an important addition to its pressroom, especially printing short-run projects where speed is a critical factor.

“At the time we purchased the machine, it was the only one available with multi-bit drop size, 720 × 720 dpi, and speeds up to 420 fpm,” says Lindemann.

Print speed wasn't the only consideration. TPS also required that its roll-fed press could accommodate inline sheeting. Lindemann looked at several inline solutions, but turned to Standard Finishing's Hunkeler sheeter/stacker system. Already familiar with Standard equipment (the printer currently owns Hunkeler CMS520 sheeters, as well as a Horizon BQ460, BQ470, HT-70 and Stitchliner 5500), Lindemann says the Hunkeler sheeter/stacker system offered the quality and value TPS required.

The Standard Hunkeler Gen6 sheeter/stacker system features the UW6 unwinder, CS6-II rotary cutter with chip-out, SE6 offset stacker module, and LS6 non-stop stacker offering speeds up to 420 fpm.

Stacked book blocks come up big

“The delivery system on the Standard Hunkeler system delivering offset stacked book blocks was a major factor in our decision,” says Lindemann. “The Hunkeler system is a natural fit for us. We believe sheeting inline is the best way to assure the highest quality print results.”

Lindemann says TPS' diverse equipment coupled with its high quality will help drive traditional book manufacturing toward to its next evolution. “We've always tried to stay at the bleeding edge of technology. Not to tip our hand to our competitors, but we are looking at all innovative technologies coming to the market and will invest in them as necessary to maintain our competitive edge.”


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