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Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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No slowing down with this variable trimmer
Muller Martini’s (Hauppauge, NY) 304VT trimmer targets complex selective binding jobs. Variable trimming facilitates multiple titles and format size comanufacturing for one pass, inline comail capabilities.

Enhancements include patent pending variable front-trim technology for running a multitude of trim sizes in one pass at high speeds. The 304VT trimmer provides seamless integration with the inkjet controller; book-to-book variability up to 1¼; and precise book dimensions even with high page swings (+/-100 pgs.).

The 304 variable trimmers are available inline with Muller Martini Tempo 22, and are also offered inline with multiple trimmers providing dual output configuration allowing for variable head to foot, in addition to variable face-trim combinations. The trimmer is retrofittable to existing Tempo platforms and has been successfully installed on other manufacturer’s stitching lines.

Let’s give Gray Graphics a big hand
Gray Graphics corp. (capitol Heights, mD) printed the invitations for the presidential inauguration ceremonies. A total of 110,000 packages contained an engraved 4-page invitation card, 8-page program booklets with gold and black engraved cover with tassels, and photographs of President Barack obama and Vice President Joe Biden protected with translucent sheets and inserted into a natural white linen envelope. Saber Helal, president of Gray Graphics, and his 55 employees worked 20 hours a day in two shifts to deliver the job on time. more than 300 hours of handwork were required.

Short-run folder/gluer
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) offers the KAMA ProFold 74, a multifunctional finishing folder/gluer for producting presentation folders, greeting cards, cross-folders, ticket pockets, mailing envelopes, CD cases, and pick-and-place add-ons such as business cards.

A grid-type mounting system enables the required tools to be positioned in any order quickly and precisely, for short set-up times and quick changeovers. Standard features include large plough-folding device, flap plough-folding device, tipper fold plate and pressure rollers.

Speedy digital book production
CEM (Milan, Italy) DocuConverter is a cutter/ stacker for high-speed cutsheet printers such as the Océ 6250 and Xerox Nuvera. Placed at the end of the printer, it converts the sheets into 2-up or 3-up offset-stacked book blocks. The book blocks are then ready to finish as softcover, hardcover, or mechanically bound. The DocuConverter can deliver offset stacks up to 12 inches high and put four or five stacks onto its output conveyor belt. The sheet also can be side trimmed with an integrated dual rotary knife set. The machine can be controlled from the cut-sheet printer with either a DFA or Type 1 printer interface, or with the built-in sheet counter.

Mix & match magazine cover
Sandy Alexander Inc. (Clifton, NJ) has produced a mix-and-match magazine cover for Esquire’s May 2009 issue. The multiple covers feature the facial features of Barack Obama, George Clooney and Justin Timberlake on three covers that, when separated, provide 27 combinations of the various facial features.

Sandy Alexander used a unique die that perforated all three covers at once. A significant amount of pre-production planning as well as testing on press and in the bindery was required to ensure the cover could be printed, perfed and bound while still providing consumers with a user friendly piece.

Just one wafer thin lens?
National Graphics, Inc. (Brookfield, WI) recently collaborated with Quad Graphics to test National’s ultra-thin, high-resolution, 200-lpi (lenticules per inch) lens. The successful bindery and addressing test confirmed Quad/National’s ability to produce a full-wrap cover offering 3D motion for newsstand and mailed publications.

Special glasses are not required to view these effects. The wafer thin lens design is patented and reported to offer smoother motion transitions and a 3D effect equal to heavier, more costly lens structures. The satin-like surface is said to support the reading of bar or mobi codes and fine or low point type printed on or beneath the lens.

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