Today’s bindery departments and service providers have a myriad of finishing equipment, from guillotines and trimmers, folders and creasers, collators and booklet-makers, to binders and laminators which gives them the flexibility to offer a wide range of finishing capabilities. Most of these require skilled personnel to precisely configure, set up and constantly monitor, in order to ensure that a perfect booklet, catalogue, magazine or bounded document is produced every time.
However, when something goes wrong, it can be time consuming to trace the exact problem to a specific step or equipment, and very costly to reconfigure and set-up the various processing steps again to reproduce the work.
Common issues, such as incorrect page sequencing, missing or duplicate pages and page orientation can easily occur due to operator errors in loading the equipment, and random mechanical faults such as misfeeds and jams, which intensify with suboptimal static electricity, temperature and humidity control.
Manual quality inspection procedures and checks can help alleviate some of these problems for major integrity errors, but can be grossly inadequate for catching small or random errors that require more time and resources to investigate. With most finishing equipment that operate at very high speeds and are heavily shielded for safety reasons, the operator has little chance to detect an integrity error, while the equipment is running, until the job completes.
Finishing integrity errors can seriously impede operational productivity, resulting in equipment bottlenecks, more waste, missed delivery times, unsatisfied customers and potential loss of future business.
With many bindery factories facing increasingly low margins, short runs and even shorter lead times, the pressure is on to ensure that all equipment set up errors or production faults are picked up immediately and corrected before the equipment is allowed to continue.
- Multi-pocket stock verification
- Sequencing, missing and duplicate page detection
- Automated integrity management for bindery equipment