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May 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Time for a new folder? From a tabletop unit to a fully automated floor model with all the bells and whistles, there's something for everyone.

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No more fiber cracking

Technifold USA's (Montague, NJ) EZ Fit TriCreaser reportedly eliminates fiber cracking.

The device is compatible with folder and scoring equipment systems from?Heidelberg, Stahl, MBO, Horizon, Herzog & Heymann (H&H), GUK (G&K or Vijuk), MB-Cas, Shoei, GBR, Rollem, Rosback, Baumfolder, Econocrease, GaVehren Systems and Universal folder/gluers.

An original O-ring style model fits Graphic Whizard, Count, Pierce, Morgana and Eurofold equipment.


Intelligent folder automation

Standard's (Andover, MA) Horizon AF-566T4F buckle folder is a fully automated 6 plus 4-buckle folder that accepts sheets up to 21.9 × 34 inches. Intelligent automation is built into all Horizon post-press products, best illustrated by the intuitive, icon-based, 10.4-inch color touch screen that displays all common fold formats and sheet sizes for easy selection. Precise stepper motors drive end stops and fold plates to the exact location for the sheet size and fold style selected. Up to 200 custom jobs can be stored in memory for easy recall, with automated make ready in as little as 14 seconds. Equipped with six buckles on the first station and four on the second station that can be added straight or at a right angle for maximum application flexibility. The AF-566T4F supports ultra-quick changeovers and has specially formulated combination roller and scoring systems for mark-free folding of digitally printed sheets.


Automatic cross folding

Heidelberg's (Kennesaw, GA) Stahlfolder KH82 combi folder offers efficient automation for shorter changeover and makereadies. Depending on the level of automation selected, the setup time of the cross-fold unit reportedly is cut by up to 80%. Other features include optimized operation by means of intuitive controls and an air stream register table with vacuum sheet guidance. It is available with a choice of pile, continuous or pallet feeders.


Keep those rollers rolling

Worn rollers can result in poor quality folding, longer makeready times and frustrated operators. Parts For Folders LLC (Shamong, NJ) supplies and installs a large range of parts and accessories for most makes and models of folding equipment, including alternative rollers.


Versatile folding solutions

Duplo's (Santa Ana, CA) DF-1000 air-suction folder targets digital printers. It can handle bond stocks and art/coated paper to a maximum weight of 200 gsm. The DF-1000 can fold and batch up to 240 cpm, ready for inserting or mailing.

With six preprogrammed folds as well as custom folds, Duplo's DF-920 fully automatic tabletop folder can fold up to 280 cpm. No manual adjustments are needed — the folder automatically recognizes five popular paper sizes: letter, legal, ledger, half letter, and half legal. Highlights include special cross folding for right-angle folds and two programmable memory settings for custom folds.

Duplo has also extended the inline capabilities of its DC-645/DC-615 slitter/cutter/creaser and DC-445 creaser range with a knife fold attachment. Users can finish greeting cards, CD covers, folded tent business cards, brochures and leaflets without additional operators.


Eliminate manual work

Dresden, Germany-based KAMA GmbH will present ProFold 74 at Ipex 2010. Its patent-pending tool mounting system will be equipped with a capacity folder device, turning station and pocket folding unit. The machine replaces time consuming manual work such as folding flaps, gluing pockets and folders with capacity, add-on samples or cards, automatically placing tape and closing folders. ProFold 74 reportedly increases productivity and gives consistent high quality on any finished product.


Crease and fold

The DigiFold 5000P from Morgana (Marietta, GA) combines creasing and folding in a single compact unit. The mobile finishing center is equally effective with digital output or conventionally printed, heavy cross-grained stocks. Equipped with the vendor's DynaCrease, the DigiFold 5000P can handle more than 5,000 8.5 × 11-inch sph. Speed increases when running smaller stocks and is achieved by creasing the sheet without stopping it.


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Step-by-step instructions

Baum's (Sidney, OH) Baum 20 AutoSet user-friendly folder includes onboard step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations. The folder can automatically set up jobs using customer-stored information or more than 30 preprogrammed jobs. It is offered with pile or continuous feeding, and optional 8-page and 16-page right-angle folding units. Features include automated setup of all fold plates, four plates per section; automated setup of delivery stacker wheels; and all features of ifold tutorial interface including touch-screen computer mounted to folder. A floor guard underneath the pile feed platform prevents objects from becoming trapped. A removable 1 ⅛-inch slitter shaft provides easy setup and quick changeover.


Preprogrammed air suction folder

MBM Corp.'s (North Charleston, SC) 1500S automatic programmable air suction folder is preprogrammed for six standard folds (30 more can be stored in memory) and targets digitally printed and coated stocks. Operators can load and unload paper from same side. Optional micro-perforator and scorer are also available.


Corrugated tray erectors

Gietz HTF conical tray erectors (distributed by Matik, Hartfort, CT) for solid fiber and micro-flute corrugated trays have servo drive (e-drive) and “quick change” fixed towers.

With three ways to do clamshells, users can choose the right production technique for maximum output. The prefolding system allows speeds of up to 11,000 trays/hr. per stream. The twin swords system reaches speeds up to 9,000 trays/hr.


Fast results from miniature folder

Ocean State Book Binding (Providence, RI) recently installed a two-station Vijuk-G&K V-14 SAF commercial/miniature folder from Vijuk Equipment (Elmhurst, IL). “The new folder lets us produce many jobs in a fraction of the time it used to take, and we are now able to get down to ⅝ inch without a problem,” reports Bruce Boyarsky, president of the trade bindery. “The day after it was installed, we ran our first job of 150,000 pieces, 3-up in three hours. We have only had the folder on our floor for a little over two weeks, and we have already run over 1 million pieces.”