An article from PaperReport written during Hunkeler InnovationDays 2013. Even if it was its first partecipation in this event, Meccanotecnica has attracted a lot of attention, thanks to its innovative and versatile sewing machine for digital print finishing: Universe Sewing. This "no-limit" configuration links offset to digital and offers many different opportunities for a wide range of applications.
[Based in Torre de’ Roveri, a small town close to Bergamo in the Northof Italy, Meccanotecnica sits next to vineyards, among lush green fields in the shadow of the Alps. Founded in 1964, for the last few decades it has been the world’s largest manufacturer of automatic book sewing machines and production lines. During the ‘70s Meccanotecnica specialized in ancillary bindery equipments which were sold mostly in the Western markets. A decade later it adopted a more global focus and today the group features seven subsidiaries (USA, Germany, Netherlands,France, Poland, Singapore and China) and around 200 people overall; two third of which are employed at the Italian headquarters, where all production activities are located. In Torre de’ Roveri, three buildings, all separated by grassy tree-lined avenues, host the assembly; at the company there is no dress code and the offices are all open space, with no walls or cubicles. There is a feeling of informality but intense activity at the same time. Continuous technical innovation is a primary goal for Meccanotecnica: about a fourth of the company’s staff is engaged in R&D comingup with prototypes and improvements to existing machines. Meccanotecnica is really a technically-minded company and the sign is that all sales staff has an extensive technical background. To ensure maximum customer satisfaction throughout the equipment lifetime Meccanotecnica has set up a large and strong after-sales team that includes its best and most experienced engineers and technicians. They provide on-site, on-line remote service and phone technical support to users and local representatives. Detached from the main complex, other two plants accommodate respectively the warehousing and the productions lines of all parts specificto the machines. Those components, that are directly responsible for sewing quality, are manufactured with painstaking care, furthermore all sewing machines and lines feature quality & safety marks like CE and the very stringent German GS. Meccanotecnica’s large, computerized spare parts warehouse enables timely delivery of parts anywhere in the world, even for models that are no longer produced. An important side of Meccanotecnica is its international soul: presently, almost its entire production leaves the national territory and reaches customers in the five continents.
The «digital» soul of Meccanotecnica.
At the end of the ‘90s Meccanotecnica started to show interest towards digital printing. At Ipex ’98 the first sewing machine for digitally printedbooks – Kristec – was introduced on the market and for a decade was «the» reference for attentive, quality concerned book printers. Last year at Drupa, a new innovative product was launched - Universe Sewing – and in a few months it has become Meccanotecnica’s best selling product for the digital world. As a matter of fact this machine allows cost effective sewing and guarantees the same top finishing quality as traditional methods, by performing folding collating and sewing in a single pass. Meccanotecnica’s core business is still represented by highly automated sewing systems for traditional printing, but digital print finishing solutions see a fast growing trend and the company has already a solution for the book block preparation. For the first time in its history the Italian company is proud to exhibitat Innovationdays in Lucerne. On a booth, just in front of Hunkeler itself, Meccanotecnica will show Universe Sewing in near line configuration to HP and Hunkeler equipment in order to finish soft cover books just in a few steps. Additionally, thanks to a «no-limit» configuration by linking offset to digital, there will be plenty of soft and hard-cover application books supported by a strong team of experts, so as to show the potential of Meccanotecnica finishing solutions.]
Courtesy of Viscom Print & Coomunication, www.viscomedia.ch