Freeman Graphic Systems and Paper Handling Solutions (PHS) Merge,
creating Southeast Leader.
Combined company creates one of the largest Graphic Arts distributorship in the Southeast.
Atlanta, GA - before the merger, Paper Handling Solutions (PHS) and Freeman Graphic Systems both distributed printing and finishing equipment for more than 50 years within the Southeastern United States. Freeman Graphic Systems success has been due, in part, to providing outstanding customer service and support throughout North and South Carolina and sharing the mindset that -We only succeed if our customers succeed. "Freeman Graphic Systems merger with PHS further demonstrates commitment to our industry, increases overall sales and service bandwidth, and expands available brands within the PHS product line," states PHS co-owner Scot Gilbert.
The merger will offer an increase of manufacturers, service, and consumables, banding together a respected list of products.
Existing Freeman Graphic Systems customers will benefit from enhanced customer support and more product offerings with the newest technology including proven brands such as: Perfecta, Morgana, Graphic Wizard, Oki Data, Challenge, Ryobi/RMGT, and more. Freeman Graphic Systems brings Paper Handling Solutions the addition of three field service engineers along with three added sales representatives to strengthen the current team. "PHS customers will be pleased with the expertise of consumable to market products which Freeman brings to the merger", states co-owner Kevin Gilbert.
Freeman Graphic Systems facilities will continue in Greenville, SC with Bill Freeman remaining on-site while actively participating in business activities into 2017. Scot and Kevin Gilbert based in Atlanta, GA, along with Bill Freeman in Greenville, SC, are collectively working together to ensure a smooth and cohesive unification. "Combining the strengths of both companies makes sense for Southeast graphic arts customers," states Freeman.
The Freeman Graphic Systems and Paper Handling Solutions teams are available through the same telephone numbers and locations; and stand ready to provide sales and service expertise for all your printing needs. For more information, please contact PHS at 877-955-3770.
Graph Expo presents the largest and most exciting display of live running equipment in North America. Watching a machine run and participating in a demonstration teaches you things you just can't learn by sitting in a conference room or looking at a brochure.
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Watch Scot Gilbert and Kevin Gilbert recap the latest technology shown at drupa 2016 including RMGT, Perfecta, Horizon, OKI, and Morgana.
Standard Horizon increases production from a couple hundred binds a day, to more than one thousand.
“A key selling point for us,” says Joseph Morgan, General Manager, “is our ability to turn work around quickly. We are producing up to a half million pages per day and a minimum of 10,000 books per month. That requires production horsepower in both printing and finishing.”
Checko’s Printing is a general commercial printer located in San Antonio Texas. They primarily produce perfect bound educational workbooks for students who are studying for standardized testing. “We got into perfect binding several years ago,” Morgan explains, “because customers were asking for that service. We were a lot smaller then and really were not sure how to proceed, but we did procure a perfect binder. That first acquisition taught us a great deal, and when we needed to increase capacity, we had a much better idea of what we were looking for.”
Checko’s original perfect binder was only producing about 50 binds per hour, and the books were then handed off to another operator for trimming using a guillotine cutter. “We quickly outgrew that configuration,” Morgan reports. “We turned to local Standard dealer Precision Finishing Equipment to find a solution that could meet our needs and still give us capacity for growth.”
Today, Checko’s Printing, operating with 11 employees, has a Horizon BQ-270C Perfect Binder from Standard, and a brand-new Horizon HT-30C Three-side Trimmer. The company also has a Horizon automated bookletmaker with collator and an APCM61IISB Cutter.
“The difference in production output with the BQ-270C Perfect Binder and the HT-30C Trimmer is amazing,” Morgan enthuses. “We’ve gone from a couple hundred binds per day to more than 1,000. And what’s really exciting is the ability to drop those bound books into the three-side trimmer in batches of a dozen or so for automated trimming of the finished books. If we bind 150 books per hour, we are able to trim 150 books per hour, ready for shipping. It is not unusual for us to process 40 or more boxes of books per day. And the new configuration only takes one operator instead of two, so our other operator can take care of other work in the plant.”
Checko’s also produces a large number of event booklets with the Horizon bookletmaker, using its APC Cutter for face trimming when necessary. “These are programs for funerals, graduations and other types of gatherings,” Morgan explains. “We also have customers who need saddlestitched training materials. So that equipment gets a lot of use as well.”
Morgan is thrilled with the increased level of service he has been able to offer customers with the support of Standard. “This has really made us unique in our area,” he says, “and as a result, we are growing. In fact, we just purchased a Standard Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder, which now increases our capabilities to over 1,300 perfect binds per hour — that’s well over 10,000 perfect binds during a regular 8-hour work shift. We are well positioned for an exciting future!”
Schedule a 20-30 minute demo at your office during the week of May 15th!
See live demonstrations of the fast and easy-to-use DryLam ALM3222 automatic laminator and the NEW value-priced DryLam ALM3230. Both of these machines automatically laminate digital sheets up to 13" wide.
We will be in your area on:
Schedule a time for PHS to come by your office below.
Other days are available if these dates do not work for you. Contact us for more info.
The OKI ColorPainter M-64s delivers the world's richest and glossiest colors on the widest range of substrates, at the fastest real-time speeds. ColorPainter printers provide excellent ROI with inks that:
Click here to calculate your ROI with the ColorPainter M-64s!
The three most common questions brought up during OKI C942 demos.
1) Can this machine print white + CMYK all in one pass?
Yes. The OKI C942 is a digital printer with five print stations containing CMYK and white. This extra print station allows for full color printing on vibrantly colored stocks. The C942 runs at 50 prints per minute (letter) and 27 prints per minute (tabloid) in one pass.
2) Can I print on thick card media?
Yes. Trays 1/2/3 and the High-Capacity Feeder on the OKI C942 can feed media ranging from 52-320 gsm. The C942's Multi-Purpose Tray is capable of feeding thicker media ranging from 52-360 gsm.
3) What is the smallest size I can print? The largest?
The smallest size the OKI C942 can print is a 3" x 5" index card. The largest size it is able to print is a 13" x 52" banner.
Click here to learn more about the OKI C942.
The three most common questions brought up during DryLam ALM3222 demos.
1) Is the DryLam ALM the only full automatic laminator in the market at this price?
Yes. The DryLam ALM3222 is a fully automatic laminator with a very small foot print. It enables you to feed two side or one side laminate, and trim all four sides in one pass. An operator is not needed as there are sensors throughout the machine able to prevent any errors. This eliminates having operators and other people trimming to achieve a completed sheet with a perfect stack. To achieve this with other equipment would require a feeder, laminator, and cutter with an operator or two.
2) Do I need to use your materials?
Yes. DryLam materials are specifically made for the digital market. It has a very aggressive adhesive (ASAP - always sticks to all prints) and is made with a higher content of film (Polyester) than your traditional films. This will not only give you increased clarity, but better rigidity. This enables you to use a thinner thickness (Mil) of our film and achieve the same results as your current film.
For example, if you currently use 5 Mil film - traditional films are made of 1 Mil of polyester film and 4 Mil of adhesive. Drylam ALM Film is made of 3 Mil polyester and 2 Mil of adhesive. If you compared Drylam ALM 3 Mil film it would feel or compare to a traditional 5 Mil film.
3) What are the maintenance requirements and needs for replacement parts?
The DryLam ALM3222 comes with a one year warranty for parts and labor. The ALM is a low maintenance piece of equipment and requires very little to no clean up. All cutters and trimmers are self sharpening. Replacement parts are only needed because of user error. Proper operator training prevents this and keeps the ALM up and running.
Click here to learn more about the DryLam ALM3222.
Special thanks to everyone who came out and made the Graphic Arts Showcase a huge success! We're looking forward to seeing you next year! Congratulations to David Midler of Presentech!
PHS continues to expand the abilities of our Technical Department by adding a VP of Operations.
Kevin Gilbert has started full time, and is open to suggestions and feedback on how we can improve the fulfillment of your service needs. Please join us in welcoming Kevin. He will be at the Graphic Arts Showcase on February 2nd & 3rd.