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Hello Everyone,

Are you tabbing or hot-melt gluing direct mail? Running out of options for machine repair? Thinking about the future of print? Or just looking for a tip to be more productive at work? If so, read on and please reply with your comments too. I’d love to hear from you.

Tabbing Booklets

Tabbing / wafer sealing mail to meet the USPS requirements is pretty straight-forward until you have to attach them to the long and short edge of the same mail piece. Thank you USPS. It’s at this point where printers and mailers are tackling the problem differently and unfortunately in some very unproductive ways such as running it through a tabber twice. Can you really cost justify and/or get your money back this way?

If you have enough work to justify the investment, the Kirk-Rudy 545 Tabber can do the following:

  • Apply tabs on three sides of the mail piece w/o turning it.
  • Apply tabs on the long and short-edge of the mail piece w/o turning it.
  • Do all of this in a single pass, which makes you more productive.

We have one in stock now if you’d like to see it yourself. This machine is designed to run inline with floor-model equipment and all day long. For shorter runs and lower volumes of booklet tabbing, Neopost or Rena could be a good option for you.

Better looking direct mail with hot-melt glue

While we’re happy to sell tabbers and tabs, they don’t make the mail piece any prettier. Here’s a good video that illustrates that point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVjfBPLdfqo . Have you looked into fugitive (hot melt) glue systems as an alternative to tabbing? Personally, I prefer to open mail that’s sealed shut with dots of glue, but I am not sure I’d give it much thought if I didn’t work in the industry. Here’s a video showing a GMS hot melt glue system on a MBO folder if you you’re not already familiar with the setup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox26KatBf1E If you want to learn more about the benefits of hot melt glue systems, we’re a GMS dealer and are happy to send you more information and pricing.

The machine is broke, now what?

Having trouble with support and/or service with a particular machine in your shop? You’re not alone and we’re getting more of these calls every year. The reasons for lack of support for some machines vary, but before you throw that machine in the dumpster or make it the new anchor for your boat, give us a call. We’re careful to only say yes to machines and problems we are reasonably sure we can repair and will try to refer you to someone else if we can’t help. We recently started servicing a local customer who was waiting days for service from an out of town vendor, so perhaps we can help you too. Let’s find out! 🙂

Something I’ve been thinking about

Fully automated print shops are not difficult to imagine and frankly seem inevitable. You don’t have to be a printing expert to see it happening already with products like the Ricoh Pro VC60000 Continuous Feed Inkjet Printer and the Duplo DC-746 Slitter Cutter Creaser which automates the finishing side of printing thereby reducing the labor costs. If a simple postcard job requires a lot of touches, then it’s going to be hard to compete with an automated shop. This isn’t a big secret, but it does give us all something to think about and how it effects our job and/or business.

Productivity tip – managing email better

I am not an expert when it comes to managing my time at work, but I am getting better. My biggest time-waster was reading and responding to emails as quickly as I could. My other “problem” was getting into conversations via email in the evenings or weekends when I should be spending time with my family or friends. Does this sound like you? If so, then take a look at Boomerang , a great app that works in Gmail, Outlook and mobile devises like an Android or iPhone. There might be other time-management tools for email out there, but this is one I like a lot and see that lots of people are using it now too.

That’s all folks!

Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. – Greg