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Welcome to Reindl Bindery's nineth issue of our e-newsletter, Cutting Edge.  Our goal is to keep you informed about our company and the types of services we can provide you. 

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Word from the President

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I'm not really sure if any one word can sum up the year 2009.  Disappointing, challenging, & unpredictable all come to mind.  However you look at 2009, I'm sure it isn't the way you thought it would be way back in January.  I know we aren't ending the year the way we had originally planned.

We did have some huge changes at Reindl Bindery this year.  The biggest of all was moving to our new building.  The move has given us the ability to expand and plan for the future.

As we move into 2010, we are looking at expanding our capabilities in several different departments within our company.  Along with new equipment, we are looking at improving several processes in order to serve our customers better and offer more competitive pricing.

I sincerely hope the rest of your year is better than expected and that the tough times we've all seen this year are past us.

I look forward to the new challenges that 2010 will bring.  I hope your future plans include Reindl Bindery.  Rest assured, we will be here for you.

David C. Reindl


 RBC News 

Reindl Bindery has gone social! 

You can now see our company profile page on Linked In.  linkedin icon.gif

You can also come tweet with us on Twitter! follow_twitter_button_c copy.jpg

With the rise of social networking usage, Reindl Bindery understands the importance of relationships and the need to always be in contact with the people we work with.  Our goal is to continue emphasizing relationships through the use of social networking tools.  These are great forums to share ideas and continue to share who we are with our customers and vendors.  We hope you will join us and look forward to participating in these new forums. 

In other news, we are all settled into our new building.  For those who have not yet heard,our new location is in Germantown, WI.  Our team did a great job in making the move very seamless without any interruption to production.  We're quite proud of our new space and would love to give you a tour.  If you are interested in coming out to visit, please feel free to contact David or Steven Reindl.

 Employee Bio Series - Charles Gastrow

Continuing our Employee Bio series, we would like to introduce you to our Maintenance Manager.  We hope you enjoy the opportunity to meet our staff and get to know a little bit about those people who you may talk to every day or those people working on your projects.

Chuck Gastrow is a Wisconsin native and has been with Reindl Bindery for 10 years.  As our Maintenance Manager, he handles machine design, welding, diagnostics, manufacturing, cost savings, training, and simply getting things done.  When asked what he enjoys about his job, he says "I enjoy using my skills to help make our company an industry leader in the type of work we do".  Chuck was a maintenance mechanic before being promoted to manager so he knows the ins and outs of our machines like no other.

Chuck has gone to school for Engineering and Business Management, Basic Electronics, Welding, Computer repair, Personal Management Skills, Supervisory Management, Computer Programming, and the AC Delco School for Auto Mechanics. 

When asked what his approach is in working with different people his response was to find common ground with people.  He feels it instantly gives a connection and understanding of each other.  Most people just want to get the job done, but he likes to understand the people who are doing the job too.  It puts both people in a better position if an issue arises to get it resolved faster.

Chuck has also had some great achievements in his life.  He states "One of my greatest achievements is earning the trust of the people I work for, to be given the confidence to move their company.  Second would be getting a Community Award of Excellence for Outstanding Community Service from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for my work in Cub/Boy Scouting". 

If you thought he wasn't busy enough, when he isn't working, he'll be in the garage working on his race car, his son's car, or the neighbor's cars.  He might be hanging at the Drag Races anywhere in the country or on the golf course with friends.  His hobbies also include building computers, designing things, making his own beer, and traveling. 

This very busy guy is committed to giving customers what they want - product that is on time, with the highest quality.  Needless to say, Chuck is one of our extraordinary employees who we confidently rely on to make things work so you never have to worry.


Style of Book Binding  - Traditional Perfect Bound 

j0409270.jpgTraditional perfect binding is one of the most common methods of bookbinding.  Books such as annual reports, study guides and periodicals are often produced using the perfect binding method.  Perfect binding allows a book to be gathered, bound and trimmed with relative ease.  Perfect binding also provides a binding edge that is strong and durable.  Traditional perfect binding is one of the oldest types of bookbinding combining strength with affordability.

Before, the binding process can start the signatures are arranged into the designated order.  The signatures are then jogged so that the spines are flush.  After the signatures are properly jogged into place, the book is then clamped and the spines are skived off.  The skive is typically 1/8 inch but can be more or less depending on the layout of the signature.  When the spine is skived the fibers of the paper are open and able to accept adhesives.  An additional bit can be placed onto the saw blade called a "notcher".  This "notcher" cuts a groove into the spine allowing the adhesive to channel, locking the signatures tighter together. 

Typically hot melt adhesives are used but there are times when a cold resin glue or PUR are more appropriate.  The hot melt adhesive is applied through a series of application rollers. 

When applying the adhesive to a traditional perfect bound book the spine passes over three different glue wheels.  The first wheel applies a thin layer of glue to the spine. The book travels over the first wheel with a slight pressure against the spine.  This pressure forces glue up into the fibers of the signatures.  The second wheel normally hits the spine with less force than the first.  This wheel floods the spine with glue.  The third wheel is called a "back spinner".  This normally smaller roller, spins in the opposite direction of the application rollers and serves to meter the glue thickness. 

After the spine glue is applied an additional adhesive is applied to the edges of the book.  The edge glue aids in holding the cover on and allows it to hinge in the correct spot.

After all adhesives have been applied, the cover is scored and forwarded to a nipping station where it meets the book block with the adhesive on the spine and edge.  The two components come together to form a perfect bound book. 

This concludes are Style of Book Binding series for this year.  We hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about the process. 



Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Holiday season!

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Thank you for being a loyal Reindl Bindery Member.  We will continue to provide you valuable information and updates on a quarterly basis.  Look for our next e-newsletter in February 2010.


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