Binding On Demand

Printing equipment wasn’t the only thing on display at the AIIM On Demand Conference and Exposition. There was plenty of bindery gear, as well.

By Bob Neubauer

For more than a decade now the On Demand trade show has been giving the world a look at the latest in digital printing. But an equally important part of the show has been the bindery equipment on display.

Last month, IPG joined the 21,000 people who attended On Demand. As part of our mission, we sought out the latest bindery gear—a task made much more convenient by the show’s relocation from New York to IPG’s home town of Philadelphia.

From in-line equipment, designed to hook up to high-speed digital printers, to desktop folding and binding gear, the show had it all. Here’s a look at the bindery vendors that were there and what they had on display. (Watch for our report next month on the digital printing equipment we saw at On Demand.)

High-volume Bookletmaker

Böwe Bell + Howell showed its line of DemandWorks high-volume document finishing systems, including the DemandWorks Booklet Maker, which creates personalized, individual booklets containing different content and varying page counts within the same job run. Also, the Intelligent Multi-Bin Feeder collation system was on display. With a flexible document-reading and control system, it is ideal for short-run or fulfillment applications and can collate up to 10,000 sets per hour.

New and Improved Slitting

Building on the success of the DC-545HC slitter/cutter/creaser, Duplo showed its second-generation DC-645. The heavy-duty machine can read printed images and automatically adjust and compensate for image shift. It slits, cuts and creases in one pass, reducing waste and ensuring optimum productivity. Improving on the DC-545HC, this model can manage heavier substrates (up to 310 gsm) and larger sheet sizes. It uses an ultrasonic double-detection sensor, and also features a reject tray and the ability to cut full-bleed, 20-up business cards on a 12×18˝ size sheet. The DC-645 has been specifically developed to support the JDF industry standard.

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