June 29, 2023
We recently hosted hundreds of customers at our offices in Andover, MA, for our annual Finishing 360 event. Printing Impressions was on site to talk to customers and interview Standard’s Director of Sales, Paul Steinke, about the event and the state of the industry. Start reading below:
“Standard Finishing Systems recently held its annual Finishing 360 event, an open house showcasing the company’s latest finishing technology for digital, inkjet, and offset applications. Taking place June 21-22 at the company’s Andover, Massachusetts-based headquarters, the two-day event welcomed more than 150 customers from across the U.S. to tour Standard’s lineup of automated Horizon and Hunkeler solutions, get a close-up look at the technology, and talk shop one-on-one with the Standard team.
The open house boasted its largest attendance since its inaugural event in 2018, and customers were enthusiastic to take part.
Pete Larson, president, CEO, and owner of Bloomington, Minnesota-based Bethany Press International, said that some of the best takeaways from the event were the opportunities to get up-close and be hands-on with the equipment.
“I’m two inches away looking at [the equipment], whereas you can’t really do that [at expos],” he said. “Getting down to some really granular questions has been huge.”
For Larson, who was aiming to catch a glimpse of binding and finishing equipment, the open house provided a means to assess which applications would work for his facility, both efficiently and economically.
“I think in today’s society, there’s a big emphasis on sustainability — efficient printing and binding is huge,” he noted.
For many customers, the most prudent challenge discussed was labor and the need for efficiency. Ready to address these concerns, the production floor was abuzz with demonstrations and an enthusiastic team. The Horizon AFV-566FKT folder drew a crowd as the operator showcased its 44 fully-automated settings, quick changeover capabilities, and immediate adjustments at the touch of a screen. Customers couldn’t seem to get enough of it.”