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Compton Presentation Systems: Linking the Traditions of the Past with the Opportunities of the Future

by: Dianna Brodine Compton Presentation Systems has been a presence in the Chicago area since the 1930s, but it's the more recent history that is making news these days. What was a struggling custom bindery has become a feel-good turnaround story for the entire industry. Rising From the Ashes "What we know about Compton's early years is limited to the contents of...

Bindery Layout Advantages and Benefits

by: Brad Emerson Creating layout concepts for bindery shop floors is one of the greatest opportunities for improving quality, operator efficiency, changeover time, and planning for future machine expansions or upgrades. Advantages to Efficient Shop Floor Layouts 1. Improving Quality How many times has a bindery manager brainstormed ways to increase the frequency with which personnel perform quality control checks? New floor layouts...

Custom-made Turned Edge Binders: Judging a Book by Its Cover

by: Brad Emerson It isn't easy being a custom-made three-ring binder. You rely on the tastes of a total stranger, usually a graphic designer, to somehow make you look good. Then another stranger gets involved just to put you together. Your edges and corners must be true, your backside must look as good as your front, your spine must retain...

Keep Your Eye on the Competition

by: Richard Ensman Hear the term "competitor intelligence," and you may visualize sinister activities like industrial espionage, electronic eavesdropping, and other shadowy phenomena that smack of poor ethics or illegality. Typical competitor intelligence gathering techniques, however, are not at all like this. Rather, they're based on common-sense research principles, and usually involve public information available to any wise business person willing...
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