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Aug 1, 2009 12:00 AM


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Printing addresses, barcodes, maps and promo messages

Videojet Technologies Inc. (booth 8300) has introduced two new binary array graphics printers: the BX6500 and BX660. The new printers are designed for printing addresses, barcodes, maps and promotional messaging. The printers use the new Windows XP-based Crescendo System Controller, which provides enhanced image processing, shorter setup time and simplified operation, as well as a number of new features. The single-printhead BX6500 prints images up to 2 inches tall, while the dual printhead prints up to 4 inches tall. The launch of these new models also includes the ability to upgrade existing BX6300/6400 units. The upgrade consists of replacing an existing BX controller with the Crescendo controller, as well as switching out specific boards within the printer engine.

See www.videojet.com.

Precision board sheeter

Pemco, a Körber PaperLink Group Co., (booth 3600) will showcase its SHM 1650 DR (dual rotary) high-precision folio-size sheeter equipped with a new automatic splice and a high-speed automatic pallet change system. The SHM 1650 DR also will be displayed during an Open House at Pemco's manufacturing facility in Sheboygan, WI. Highlights include automatic splicing and high-speed automatic pallet changing. For most printers, the SHM 1450/1650 DR sheeters allow for a maximum five-pocket operation.

See www.pemco.kpl.net.

Double loop binding

Spiel Associates, Inc.'s (booth 1273) Rilecart B-535 is a fully automatic double-loop wire binder capable of binding 3,000 books per hour. After an operator drops the book on the conveyor, the B-535 will insert and crimp the wire, and then deliver the book onto a conveyor. The machine will bind books from 3.25 × 4 inches up to 12 × 12.5 inches. Spiral diameters can range from 0.25 to 1.25 inches. Skip binding up to five parts is attainable, as well as an optional inline punching section. A calendar machine also is available.

See www.spielassociates.com.

Faster diecutting alternative

Printers, converters and others seeking technology for high-precision cutting in both sheetfed and web applications can see Spartanics (booth 5211) Finecut Hybrid Roll/Sheet laser diecutting machine. It's reportedly five times faster than traditional diecutting. For a sneak preview, see this video from North America's first user, Southern Coating and Nameplate at http://southerncoating.com/index-4.html. See also www.spartanics.com.

Better productivity via pile turning

EZturner (booth 566) offers a compact, inexpensive and easy to use pile turner. It uses momentum and gravity to turn a skid of paper in less than 30 seconds. Available for presses from 20 to 40 inches, the pile turner increases productivity while eliminating slow and inefficient hand stacking.

See www.ezturner.com.

Inkjet insert controller

Domino (booth 7743) will debut its new inserter controller tracking system. The vendor's scalable inline digital variable-date printing (VDP) technologies include drop-on-demand, thermal and continuous inkjet printers for a wide range of mailing, addressing and labeling applications.

A new Inserter Controller central tracking system manages personalized data from the point of creation through to the envelope. It provides central tracking of each personalized piece through multiple feed points, and ensures that the correct corresponding data is dispatched to the L400 for printing. Operating at speeds above 20,000 pieces per hour, the controller displays production statistics and serves as an interface for the printer and camera. Additionally the controller records information on all items successfully printed as well as those discarded during the print process.

See www.domino-printing.com.

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Short-run PUR perfect binding, streamlined stitching workflows

Muller Martini (booth 1137) unveiled the 1,500 cph AmigoPlus perfect binder more than 14 years ago. The binder now supports PUR processing for both spine and side in a single integrated applicator head. The AmigoPUR also has a unique second spine preparation station. The improved spine quality allows the AmigoPUR to produce books with high pull strength values while still having a high degree of spine flexibility.

The binder has an easily accessible touch screen panel and the hand-feed station is at a convenient height for loading product. The vertical book delivery supports high quality book production. The bound product is lowered in a cam-controlled motion and held vertically on its spine. The delivery can hold hundreds of books.

The AmigoPlus still offers separate hotmelt spine and side gluing units, milling, cover nipping, four-line scoring and the operator friendly menu-guided control system.

Look for Primera E140 saddlestitcher demos, too. The Primera is ergonomically designed, fully automated and runs at up to 14,000 cph. It features “Magic Wheel” feeding technology that's engineered to hold signature tolerances with tighter control and greater precision. Primera will be used to demonstrate an open integration workflow solution, Lean Manufacturing Workflows, a collaboration between Muller Martini, Soft Solutions and HIFLEX. The workflow system allows printers and binderies to integrate their MIS functions and post-press machines in an open architecture environment using JDF/JMF integrated workflows.

See www.mullermartiniusa.com.

Continuous improvements

Standard Finishing Systems will introduce several products at Print 09 (booth 2637):

The new Standard Horizon AFC-566F Digital inline signature folder — featuring six parallel and six optional cross plates — will be shown inline with the Hunkeler UW6 unwinder, FM6 folder/merger and CS6-II rotary double-cutter, for operation at speeds up to 600 fpm. The advanced folder automation and touchscreen control brings ultra-quick setups to high-speed continuous-feed print platforms, allowing complex, variable-data direct mail pieces to be produced in one pass.

Standard also will introduce the new Hunkeler FM6 Plow Fold/Web Merge Module at Print 09, combining plow-folding and slit-merging in one compact module, with integrated perforating wheels. The web is folded or merged and then cut into sheets by the CS6-II, featuring double-cut — or chip-out — for full-bleed documents.

The new Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital high-speed saddlestitcher will be integrated with Hunkeler's UW6 unwinder and CS6 rotary cutter for production of up to 6,000 high-quality booklets per hour, in-line with continuous feed printers. Based on the StitchLiner technology platform, the solution offers inline cover feeding and non-stop booklet production on a very wide range of paper stocks at up to 600 fpm. Variable sheet-count booklets can be produced using barcode scanning or mark reading. The system features icon-based color touchscreen control and fully automated set-up.

Standard's Horizon AF-566T4F Buckle-buckle folder will debut at the show. This fully automated six plus four-buckle folder accepts sheets up to 21.9 × 34 inches. The AF-566T4F has the “intelligent automation” that is built into all Horizon postpress products. 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 makeready in as little as 14 seconds.

The Standard Horizon BQ-470V “Variable” four-clamp perfect binder can changeover quickly from clamp to clamp for true on-demand production of variable-thickness books. A digital caliper measures book thickness and automatically transfers the settings to the binder for quick, automated changeover. With single-person operation, the BQ-470V can produce up to 1,350 books per hour, bind books up to 2.5 inches thick, and meet varying customer application requirements with interchangeable glue tanks that support both hot-melt EVA and PUR adhesives.

At Print 09, Standard will premier the Standard Horizon HCB-2 Case Binder, bringing ultra-short-run hardcover book production to print-on-demand environments. The system allows hardcover books to be produced with more automation and less operator skill than ever before, with a professional quality that is equivalent to the look-and-feel of a commercially casebound book. Applications for the HCB-2 include the on-demand color photo and memory book markets. The HCB-2 has an optional barcode verification system to ensure the correct matching of cover and book block, and can produce up to 180 books per hour. Book blocks can be EVA or PUR adhesive-bound on a Standard Horizon BQ-series perfect binder.

See www.sdmc.com.

Library quality hard cover books

On Demand Machinery (ODM) (booth 1674) manufacturers a complete line of bookbinding equipment for producing case-bound hardcover books on demand. Books feature front cover window options, padded or non-padded covers, quality turned-edge construction, “Back Tack Technology” and customized flexibility. The scalable system consists of the Super Sewer, Casemaker XXL, Sticker XXL, Smasher XXL and Separator. End-sheets range in size from 3 × 5 inches to 18 × 18 inches and up to ½ inch thick.

See www.odmachinery.com.

Rock the box

PRINT 09 marks the debut of PackPrint: a 49,000-sq.-ft. show-within-a-show dedicated to the production of folding cartons, flexible packaging and tags and labels. Heidelberg's contributions to the PackPrint theme from its home booth (1200) will include, in their North American debuts, the Easygluer 100 folding carton gluer and the KAMA ProCut 74 automatic finishing diecutter. The Easygluer 100 is a highly automated, remotely controllable carton maker that can turn out up to 50,000 lockbottom cartons per hour. The compact KAMA ProCut 74 makes easy work of diecutting, creasing, kiss-cutting, cold embossing, hot foil stamping, hologram stamping, and hot cutting — even for shops that are newcomers to value-added finishing.

Live in the postpress area, attendees will see a POLAR P.A.C.E. cutting system configured for fully automatic loading, cutting, and offloading by a single operator. Visitors interested in other bindery processes can see the versatile Stitchmaster ST 450 saddlestitcher and the highly productive Stahlfolder TH 82 combination buckle-plate folder.

See www.us.heidelberg.com.