The new Vareo perfect binder at DATEV in the Germany city of Nuremberg comes into its own for digitally printed softcover products with a wide range of thicknesses, right down to runs of one copy.

In fact, DATEV is an IT company, rather than a graphic arts business. In addition to developing software for auditors, tax advisers and attorneys, the cooperatively managed company also provides its 40,000 members in Germany and several other European countries with a data center and print services. Some 1.1 billion printed pages are produced and dispatched annually from the DATEV Druck Logistik & Service Zentrum [DATEV Print Logistics and Service Center] to both DATEV members and institutions (banks and insurers). Since those print products are highly confidential and need to be produced with extremely short lead times in optimal quality, DATEV has an in-house printing plant and bookbindery providing saddle stitching and perfect binding. The usually customized softcover products – training documents, annual reports, annual financial statements and company brochures – are digitally printed in runs going right down to one copy and vary widely in thickness from 3 to 40 mm. The Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder, which was commissioned in November, is the optimal solution on two counts.

The Vareo is the obvious solution for runs of one copy and a wide range of thicknesses.
First, each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor and each clamp is individually driven, so all processing steps can be individually adjusted to the wide range of thicknesses of the products. Second, the central setup wizard and the integrated size and book thickness measurement station ensure a high level of productivity. “The high degree of automation of the Vareo was the main reason for our investment, since it means we no longer have to keep on performing changeovers manually,” says Robert Gebhard, Head of the Design and Dispatch Service Team at DATEV. “We’ve significantly shortened our lead times. That’s of great importance to us because we often receive the data at 10 am and have to deliver the finished products by 7.30 pm on the same day at the latest.”

As Muller Martini will demonstrate at its drupa 2016 booth with Finishing 4.0, the Vareo perfect binder is the perfect example of how the smart connectivity of the machines enables maximum variability and flexibility in terms of run lengths, product sizes and content.