Originally, Wolfgang Frotscher had only planned to find out about new innovations in the digital market during the Hunkeler Innovationdays last month, which is why he visited Muller Martini’s booth and took a closer look at the Presto II Digital Line featuring an unwinding system, a fold/merge module, a cross cutter, a processing folder, two signature feeders, a cover folder feeder and a three-knife trimmer. The company, which was founded in 1983 and runs production in three-shifts with 60 employees, still prints its saddle-stitched products using conventional offset printing. However, at the digital trade fair in Lucerne, the company’s sole partner and managing director was convinced immediately: “The Presto II is exactly the solution I need!”
Wolfgang Frotscher spontaneously decided in favor of the Presto II while visiting Muller Martini’s booth at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne.
High-volume Job Regained
It should be pointed out that up until a couple of months ago Frotscher Druck also had two PrimaPlus machines from Muller Martini in operation in addition to a Primera C140. As the company lost a high-volume job to a foreign competitor, the two older saddle stitchers were decommissioned. The work to uninstall the two machines had hardly been completed when the customer from the entertainment industry returned to Frotscher Druck for the stitching of its product inserts. “As we needed a second saddle stitcher for additional capacity and to ensure backups, I had to find a new machine quickly and in Lucerne spontaneously decided in favor of the Presto II,” says Wolfgang Frotscher.
Ready for the Digital Future
In addition to the nearly 30-year-old partnership with Muller Martini, another reason for his decision are the fast setup times facilitated by the Presto II, which was unveiled at last year’s drupa. The company prints up to 30 different kinds of manuals with an overall circulation of roughly 400,000 copies produced in two-up production every day and feature formats of 10x10 cm and 11x11 cm. With this high number of job changes, the amount of time saved in changeovers certainly adds up. In addition to manuals, Frotscher Druck also prints a few periodicals with strict time constraints. “The Presto II is the perfect solution for these jobs,” says Wolfgang Frotscher, “and I am now much more relaxed whenever I look at our upcoming production.”
Moreover, Frotscher Druck is also in the process of expanding its digital printing division. “As the Presto II is designed for digital printing, it fits perfectly into our strategic planning,” says the head of the company. The new saddle stitcher with two twin feeders, a folder feeder and a three-knife trimmer will be put into operation this spring.