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May 1, 2008 12:00 AM


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Drupa is just around the corner as this 125th anniversary issue of AMERICAN PRINTER goes to press. Several postpress equipment manufacturers — some of which are celebrating anniversaries, themselves — have given us a preview of the products they will launch at the show. Some are keeping their newest products under wraps until the show opens, May 29, so we will continue our coverage in upcoming issues. Meanwhile, here's the latest on postpress innovations that will be exhibited at the show, from digital finishing to stitching and beyond.

A UV newcomer

Graphic Whizard (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) will exhibit its VividCoater, the company's first foray into UV coating. The offline flood coater made its debut at On Demand in Boston, this March, offering digital printers a competitively priced coating option for maintaining high-end digital print image quality.

With a standard low-pile vacuum feeder and an optional deep-pile feeder, it handles sheets from 5.5 × 8.5 inches to 21.5 × 26 inches. Additionally, Graphic Whizard's CreaseMaster Plus+ or CreaseMaster Platinum can be used as a feeder for the VividCoater. The company now incorporates large touchscreens with PLC-driven controls in its products, allowing shops to track machine use by operator, maintenance schedules and fault codes. See www.graphicwhizard.com.

Better books

C.P. Bourg SA will unveil several finishing advancements at Drupa. The BB3002 now includes PUR technology, for improved perfect binding on digital color printing. The BB3502 binder for EVA or PUR gluing has an integrated cover creaser to prevent cracking on digitally printed covers. Additionally, C.P. Bourg now offers a fully automatic inline binder. The BB4040 4-clamp binder with integrated cooling tower is available with a 3-knife trimmer, as well as PUR version and automated setup. A new range of programmable SRA3 oversize collators produces A4 landscape booklets. See www.cpbourg.com.

MBO moves forward

Oppenweiler, Germany-based MBO is going to launch a new image at Drupa 2008. “‘Speed up your business,’ MBO's new slogan developed specially for Drupa, will affirm MBO's single focus on automation and integration into the JDF workflow bringing the greatest potential for efficiency to printers and binders,” says Manfred Minich, speaker for the management board of the MBO Group.

In line with its new vision, MBO will exhibit products with new automation advancements. The 30 × 47-inch K800 Super KTZ combi folding machine's cross-fold and three-fold areas need only a quarter of the moving parts of a conventional model, reducing setup time by approximately 50 percent. The three-fold unit pivots 180 degrees from left to right and back, using less space than a buckle folder.

“One important focus will be on the emerging growth opportunity represented by large format,” says Minich. MBO's 56-inch T1420 buckle folder has been improved to enable one-person operation.

MBO America (Westampton, NJ) distributes the company's equipment in the United States and provides free training to MBO equipment users. See www.mboamerica.com.

Cutters make their international debut

Colter & Peterson (Paterson, NJ) will introduce international markets to the Prism-HPM and Saber lines at Drupa. Knorr Systeme, which manufactures peripheral equipment for the C&P line, will exhibit the Saber paper cutter. The standard 45-inch model is built for heavy-duty use, and all Saber 45-, 54- and 65-inch machines have chrome-coated cast iron side tables with low-pressure air control to prevent rust in humid environments.

Prism-HPM paper cutters, available in 30-, 36-,45- and 54-inch formats, feature the Microcut makeready console. The active matrix touchscreen guides the operator through all operations and collects system data in real time. See www.colterpeterson.com.

Built for speed

A new JF-65 SQF high-speed single-chopper commercial web folder is available for Goss Intl. (Bolingbrook, IL) M-600 press models. Offering enhanced control at higher speeds with one rotary chopper or quarter fold, it can run at 65,000 cph. A tape transport system with copy control devices, optimized chopper (quarterfold) balancing, vacuum slow-down, enhanced guides and optimized delivery enable the machine to run with one chopper.

Additional features include a web severing device for paper jams; motorized on-the-run depth and lateral perforation adjustment; circumferential phasing and fold lap adjustment; a three-part jaw folding cylinder for various paper stock thicknesses; and a rotary blade quarterfold assembly. See www.gossinternational.com.

Automation advancements

Drupa visitors will see Baum's (Sidney, OH) buckle folding models with the new ifold and AutoSet options. Baum's ifold touchscreen computer can be added to the 15, 20, 26 and 30 models. It provides setup, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting information, saving up to 100 different jobs derived from 30+ preprogrammed folds. It can be added to a manual-setup folder as a tutorial aide.

AutoSet takes ifold a step further by communicating with servomotors on the folder for automatic setup. It is available on the 20, 26 and 30 models. BAUM also offers automation on the smaller-format FLexifold modular folder series. The company will exhibit its latest in automated tabletop and floor-model folders, as well as perforating equipment with the new 20 IPF Independent Deep Pile Feeder and the new Baum PS Creaser. See www.baumfolder.com.

Multifunction finishing

KAMA GmbH (Dresden, Germany) will introduce multifunctional equipment developments at Drupa, including the new ProFold 74 finishing folder and enhancements to its “hybrid” ProCut 74. “With its line of flexible, adaptable finishing equipment, KAMA is committed to developing new tools and options designed to support businesses over the long term, helping them evolve and grow in line with a constantly changing market,” says CEO Marcus Tralau.

The offline ProFold 74 folder-gluer creates intricate cross-folders, ticket pockets and mailing envelopes, CD cases and capacity folders. A tool mounting grid (patent pending) enables tools to be positioned in any desired order rapidly, ensuring short setup and quick changeovers.

The KAMA ProCut 74 automatic diecutter has been enhanced with a new suction feed board and electronic cutting force adjustment. This “hybrid” die cutter is built for high-quality diecutting, creasing, kiss-cutting and cold embossing as well as hot foil stamping, combined cold embossing and hot foil stamping, hologram stamping, and hot cutting. It can changeover from one function to another several times a day with quick setups, enhancing short run profitability. See www.kama.info.

More automation for folders and binders

Horizon Intl.'s (Andover, MA) Horizon AFC folders use an intuitive, icon-based color touchscreen that prompts the operator for sheet size and fold pattern. The folder calculates all necessary setups and can perform a fully automated changeover in less than 30 seconds.

At the network level, full JDF compliance is achieved via the i2i Bindery Control System. Job parameters can be entered at a central control console and then called up by any Horizon finisher on the network. Machines with i2i connectivity offer fully automated setup, job tracking, productivity and work-in-progress statistics, and error reports. The system can interface with most MIS systems for seamless JDF/JMF interoperability.

The small-format AF-406T6A 6-buckle folder has a pile feeder with suction head. Maximum sheet size is 15.7 × 25.6 inches. Another 6-buckle folder, the AF-566F, accepts sheets up to 21.9 × 33.4 inches. Both folders have optional second units that can be added straight or crosswise.

CCD camera options for AFC folders enable sheet-by-sheet verification reading from the top, bottom or both to ensure 100 percent integrity of folded signatures inside and out.

The Standard Horizon BQ-270C single-clamp binder has a large color touchscreen and an ergonomically designed digital caliper. The BQ-470 four-clamp binder has interchangeable EVA/ PUR adhesive tanks. Using the SI-470 digital caliper, operators can measure book thickness, and this data is transfered to the binder automatically for setup.

The complete Standard Horizon book binding product line will be on display at Drupa. Technology demonstrations include a next-generation saddlestitcher and a new hardcover book system slated for release in 2009.

See www.sdmc.com.

Pioneering innovations

Muller Martini Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) will launch a new generation of machines at Drupa that offer ergonomic design and modularity. In keeping with the digital networking trend, Muller Martini will present workflow-enabled equipment offering new functionality and user friendliness — including a new Primera saddlestitcher — in its own stand and with industry partners.

At the Palamides booth, Muller Martini will exhibit a saddlestitcher in combination with a banding unit. And, at the Océ booth and the Xerox booth, Drupa visitors will see digital book production with SigmaLine components.

Muller Martini's products run the gamut from stitchers to perfect binders, digital print finishing to web offset finishing, as well as newspaper mailroom systems.

See www.mullermartini.com.


Denise Kapel is managing editor of AMERICAN PRINTER. Contact her at dkapel@americanprinter.com.

Centennial celebration for mailing expert

Buhrs (Rotterdam, Netherlands; Plymouth, MN) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008. At Drupa, the company will present several wrapping and envelope inserting systems, as well as its SoftwareSuite. “The main objective behind all of the applications we will have on exhibit is to achieve further increases in the productivity of mailing by raising net output. We help our customers achieve this by delivering higher yields with smaller labor forces; eliminating jams, errors and defects; running at higher speeds; improving the integration of processes; and devoting less time to inspections, setups and changeovers,” asserts Adrian van der Klooster, president.

The company will demonstrate the Buhrs BB700 Envelope Inserting System — its flagship — which processes formats from C6 to B4 at high speed, as well as a Buhrs BB300 10K Envelope Inserting System line using barcode verification to attach individual plastic cards to the corresponding documents prior to insertion.

Buhrs will demonstrate a paper wrapping method that reportedly results in at least 35,000 finished envelopes per hour. A Buhrs 3000 Poly Wrapping System will insert magazines into film for address labeling. The new Buhrs BF4 Buffer Feeder reads the labels, buffers them and delivers them to the right set.

In addition, Buhrs will present its new range of software solutions. The Mailroom Performance Manager module is capable of monitoring and analyzing up to 50 envelope inserting systems that can be located at different sites. The Re-print Reporter module allows service bureaus, professional mailing houses, letter shops and direct mail companies to closely document mail pieces that have been processed, as well as those that were diverted or removed and must be reprinted.

See www.buhrs.com.

Hold the mustard, please

“Hot stamping jobs were always one of my favorite ‘printing’ tasks,” says Werner Rebsamen, RIT professor emeritus and longtime AMERICAN PRINTER contributor. “In the early 1950s, hand operated stamping and embossing presses were electrified, but the holes from the gas burners were still in place on the heavy cast iron heads. At lunchtime, we wrapped bratwursts in foil and inserted them into the heated holes. It created an incredibly good smell throughout the bindery!”

50 years of foil stamping

At Drupa 2008, Gietz (Gossau, Switzerland) will be celebrating 50 years of manufacturing automatic foil stamping presses. Gietz will be demonstrating the latest developments in that technology, along with a photographic exhibition of the company's 50 years of foil stamping history. On display will also be one of the original foil stamping presses manufactured by Gietz in 1957.

The FSA 1060 Foil Commander press will demonstrate Gietz's proprietary smart register system, which allows register to side and front or register mark at 8,000 iph. It includes the Vacufoil system with quick-change foil roll device patented by Gietz. The Vacufoil system assures consistent and minimal foil tension and eliminates the risk of foil breakage at high speeds.

Gietz will show the new ROFO 910, demonstrating the double festoon system which enables the higher press speeds of 100 m/min. The Vacufoil system also is available on the ROFO. Gietz presses feature a foil waste collection system that bails and compresses used foil for easy, nonstop removal of the waste, saving operators time.

See www.gietz.com.

Enhanced signature verification

Dynagram's (Quebec, Canada) DynaStrip v5.2 imposition software now supports barcode standards including the Code128c and the 2/5 interleaved standards read by Muller Martini's Automatic Signature Image Recognition (Asir). When gathering the product, an optical reader scans barcodes to verify if signatures are missing or misplaced in the publication.

“The Asir signature control system is able to verify signatures based on Image-comparison mode as well as barcode recognition. If Asir finds a barcode when referencing, the system automatically operates in barcode mode, enabling the best possible control,” says Markus Schluep, project manager, Muller Martini. “The AsirCode coding determines if signatures are missing, facing in the wrong direction or gathered in the proper sequence. This ensures the complete and correct gathering of the products without need for additional operator input.”

DynaStrip, inpO2 and INposition will be demonstrated at Dynagram's Drupa stand, as well as in many partner's stands. See www.dynagram.com.