A subsidiary of Simple Solutions in Beachwood, OH
BIP Printing Solutions Achieves Bindery Efficiency with Hunkeler and Horizon Finishing.
In-house operation eliminates outsourcing while adding capacity to support a trade printing business. A subsidiary of Simple Solutions, BIP Printing Solutions was established four years ago as an in-plant producer of Simple Solutions’ educational curricula. Master Teacher Nancy McGraw, with more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of subject areas, created the Simple Solutions approach to help students experience success in mathematics. With a growing number of educators wishing to take advantage of her curricula, McGraw met that demand by outsourcing printing through her company, Bright Ideas Press.
“About four years ago, a vendor approached us about producing our Simple Solutions perfectbound educational workbooks inhouse,” explains Joe Dambrogio, who became General Manager of the resulting in-house print operation, BIP Printing Solutions. “We installed both color and black & white sheet-fed digital toner-based presses, and that allowed us to produce about 70% of our work in-house. But we wanted to bring everything in-house and have additional capacity to support a trade printing business as well, so we began looking at production inkjet as a solution.”
As a result of its due diligence, BIP Printing Solutions chose a inkjet digital press to replace its sheet-fed toner devices. “At the time we purchased our new press, we also considered what finishing we needed. The bindery has always been a bottleneck for us, and this was our opportunity to rectify that. If you have 3,000 unfinished book blocks and it takes you three weeks to get them out the door, that’s pretty useless.”
“Our rep told us that the Hunkeler Roll-to-Cut/Stack line was the ideal solution for our needs, and we’ve been very happy with that.
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(Left to right) David Keiger, Production Manager; Mat Sell, Print Shop Associate; and Joe Dambrogio, General Manager stand beside the Standard Hunkeler Roll-to-Cut/Stack line. Stacked output from the Hunkeler line is ready for binding on the Standard Horizon BQ-470.