Snap Little Collins St in Melbourne is owned and operated by Michael Waugh and this Case Study presents his experience with the new Plockmatic SD500 inline booklet maker and how it has helped his business grow. Michael has owned the 18 year old store for the last 8 years. They specialise in onsite digital print and finishing along with wide format and graphic design. One can also get offset print done through this Snap location but the jobs are outsourced. The main operator, Jarrod enjoys the ease of use of the SD500 along with the increased productivity.
Michael has another printer equipped with an inline bookletmaker, but it is one that does not keep up with productivity nor does it have full bleed trimming. So prior to installing the SD500 Plockmatic inline bookletmaker on his new KM printer, all of the booklet work was slower and required another offline process to trim the head and foot of the book on the guillotine. Also on hand is a digital creaser/folder and Renz book binding equipment. The SD500 with Rotate Crease and Trim capability allows for full-bleed booklets to be produced at printer speed with no additional operator.
Most of the books produced through the SD500 are corporate brochures and booklets on 80gsm text with a 350gsm cover. At 150-250 books per job and averaging 15,000 books per month, the SD500 keeps up easily with the productivity.
Michael’s impression of the machine is that he loves it since it has saved him and his team time and effort. One improvement he would like to see is a better way to handle trim waste from the side trimmer. I was able to direct him to the Plockmatic Trim Waste Conveyor, that would help him keep the booklet maker productive.
Michael mentioned that the SD500 has not missed a beat and has resulted in quite an advantage in the market due to better lead times and a quality, professional book. The other benefit of the SD500 with 200 page booklet capacity, is the number of jobs that used to be perfect bound that now can be produced inline at a lower cost. Perfect binding requires a set up fee plus a premium charge over stapled booklets. However, since the capacity of the SD500 is up to 50 sheets of paper, many jobs that typically require perfect binding can now be run inline at printer speed at no extra labour or time.