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Where are they now? A Look Back…and Forward…with Three Former Spotlight Companies

by: Dianna Brodine In each issue of The Binding Edge, a bindery or loose leaf manufacturer is placed in the "spotlight," providing an inside look at its history, capabilities, and goals. In this issue, the magazine revisits three of those former Binding Spotlight companies to see what changes have occurred and how the companies have reacted to one of the...

Applying Lean Manufacturing to Binding at Duraweld Ltd.

by: Staff For lean manufacturing to become part of a company's culture, the majority of team members must think about continuously improving all processes - then make those ideas a reality. Below is an interview with Jamie Swan, production manager at Duraweld Ltd. in Scarborough, England, with a report on the plant's lean improvements, which began in 2006. Q: What triggered...

Troubled Times Demand Dynamic Supplier Relationships

by: Renée A. Varella In a challenging economy, strong supplier relationships are more crucial than ever. According to Tom Stein in an article at AllBusiness.com, a recent study showed that more than 90 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses reported that solid supplier ties saved them time and money and helped them in this difficult business environment. Here, three sources...

Adhesives in the Bindery: Environmental Impact

by: Ken Kroeger, PH.D., L.D. Davis Industries, Inc. The Cuyahoga River in Northeastern Ohio was ignited by a spark in 1969. The fact that there was so much oil-soaked debris and sludge floating on the river to sustain a fire was an environmental wake-up call for the American people. Many cite the fire as an impetus for the formation of...

Fulfillment: Measuring Your Performance

by: Tom Quinn Are you on the leading edge of your industry? Have you incorporated mailing and/or fulfillment into your service mix? If you can answer yes to this question, did you ever wonder how your company was performing compared to your competitors in the mailing and fulfillment industry? The printing and binding industries have been fortunate to have associations with...
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