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Total Printing Systems has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use, and sustainability of print, paper and paper-based packaging.
“We welcome Total Printing Systems to the Two Sides network and look forward to working with them to promote the great environmental story of print and paper and the key role that books play in learning and literacy,” said Phil Riebel, Two Sides North America President.
“I’ve always admired the work Two Sides has been doing from afar and we’re excited to help support the cause. It’s proven that everyone learns and retains knowledge better when they read it in printed form and it’s important to keep that message in the media, especially as many are pushing for all digital e-learning,” said Rick Lindemann, President, Total Printing Systems.
By joining Two Sides, Total Printing Systems gains access to a large library of co-brandable communications tools, consumer research, industry-leading information, sustainability advice and events.
For more information about the many benefits of joining the Two Sides, please visit: https://twosidesna.org/member-benefits
Total Printing Systems (TPS) leverages latest inkjet technology to improve quality, productivity, and enter new markets.
TPS prides itself on always being on the leading edge of technology. For example, it was the first book manufacturer in the world to install an inkjet web press for interior book production in 2001, replacing its offset equipment. In 2009 it replaced its initial inkjet web press with a new press for full-color, digital, inkjet-based web printing and later added a second inkjet press for monochrome-only work. Always striving to provide better quality, the company replaced its color inkjet press in 2019 with a Canon ProStream 1000 series press because “we needed a press that would meet or exceed our customers’ expectations,” Rick says. “The ProStream consistently produces an image quality that is as good as anything’s going to be as far as the end user is concerned.” Read more here: case study.
The May 2018 issue of Digital Publishing Solutions magazine features Total Printing Systems as well as their client River Junction Press. Learn about Total Printing Systems’ capabilities and the production of Cian from the Philippines by Mary Duda and published by River Junction Press here.
Total Printing Systems received the following note of thanks and kudos from the author and publisher of Cian from the Philippines.
“Please share with everyone on the team how thrilled we are with the quality of the printing for Cian From the Philippines! The photos look even better than what we were accustomed to seeing. We can’t believe the detail and sharpness, and the brightness of the colors.
We are confident that this book will be successful and look forward to many future printings with you.”
– Kira Gale and Mary Duda
Digital book manufacturer Total Printing Systems invests in the SigmaTrimming Center which optimizes its short-run production process with a Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution.
Based in Newton, Illinois, Total Printing Systems (TPS) began over 45 years ago as a commercial printer and has since evolved into a highly competitive short-run and print on demand book manufacturer. Since this business has been steadily increasing, TPS needed a trimming solution that could efficiently process books of varying sizes. Last November, they installed a refurbished SigmaTrimming Center from Muller Martini.
Explained Rick Lindemann, President, “Our company is extremely active in short-run production, with clients ranging from self-publishers to small presses to Fortune 500 companies. Since the volume of shorter runs is increasing, we needed a state-of-the-art trimmer that avoided costly changeovers caused by books with different formats. And, we needed a trimmer in our price range. The cost of the refurbished SigmaTrimmer was substantially lower than a brand-new machine.”
The fully automated, zero makeready SigmaTrimming Center optimizes the production of high volume ultra short-run perfect bound books. It offers infinite trim variability as well as a barcode-driven workflow to ensure error-free data input and machine set-up. Other advantages include:
- Industry-first zero makeready delivers true 1,000 fully-variable books per hour production.
- Infinite trim variability within the machine specifications accommodates non-standard trim sizes with no costly changeover.
- Fixed-position knife station design with limited moving parts helps eliminate wear and tear and provides high-end commercial trim quality.
“Even though we were batching jobs together, the trimmers we used previously took about 25 minutes to changeover between sizes,” said Mr. Lindemann. “With the SigmaTrimming Center, there’s no changeover time at all. I don’t believe there are many trimmers on the market which can make such a claim. What’s more it’s very simple to operate so it helps reduce the cost of our labor.”
In addition, within certain production environments, particularly for binderies using multiple inline trimmers, nearline trimmers or flatbed cutters, the SigmaTrimming Center further expedites workflows. Bound, untrimmed books of varying sizes and thicknesses can be fed into the SigmaTrimming Center continuously without stopping to change parts or key in data. This also results in labor savings.