Friesens Corporation (Altona, Manitoba), one of Canada’s top book and packaging printers, has installed a Müller Martini Diamant MC Casing-In Bookbinding System that significantly improves efficiency and book production. “The continued upswing in book manufacturing compelled us to improve the efficiency of our bookbinding operation,” said Mark Friesen, Corporate Bindery Manager (no relation to Friesens management). “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with one of Müller Martini’s competitors, and we were curious to see what Müller Martini had to offer. Their team took us to numerous sites to watch the Diamant MC perform in action. That, combined with the Bookline’s unmatched technology features, sealed our decision.”
The highly automated Diamant MC produces both classical case-bound books as well as books with integral, full-flap and plastic covers. Its intelligent, technically superior processes ensure a perfectly-rounded book spine and a precisely-formed joint, along with shape stability. In addition, Müller Martini’s proprietary Motion Control technology optimizes the individual process steps needed for each run, thus shortening make-ready times. “In most cases with the Diamant MC, the first book coming off the line is saleable – so there’s basically no waste. So the way we produce books today is much better and faster than in the past,” Friesen added. In addition, the Bookline enables operators to queue backlogs of upcoming jobs, greatly improving the flow of product. Friesens also purchased the Diamant MC with a time-saving inline ribbon machine. Its older line required either adding ribbons by hand, or utilizing a standalone machine.