Al Boese, Executive Director and longtime spirit guide of the BindRite Dealers Association, prefers the term “Green Button Technology” to automation.
“It tells a better story,” explains Boese. Al likes stories and he is good at telling them. As a longtime player in the post print segment, Boese has enjoyed a front row seat as digital technology transformed finishing and laminating equipment.
“In my mind, GBT originated in photocopying in the early 1970’s and by the 1980’s we had tabletop fully featured copiers that did everything with control panels allowing the automation of; document feeding, collating, stapling, stacking, paper selection etc. The key element then and now is that the machines had to be smart enough that untrained operators could run them.”
However, there was one technology that appeared to lag behind the ever improving folding, creasing and booklet making machines, and that was lamination. For years, lamination remained stubbornly analog, brutally wasteful and...