A Grand Finish at drupa
Though perhaps not as flashy as the new inkjet systems unveiled at drupa, scores of new bindery and finishing systems made their debuts in Düsseldorf as well.July 2012 By Bob Neubauer
Take a stroll through the halls of drupa and you will see more finishing equipment than you have ever imagined in your life. Companies you have never heard of, whose names have never reached the United States, have some of the most curious looking equipment on display.
Most of those machines, sadly, are unavailable here on the other side of the Atlantic. So we've decided to focus on the equipment that is. On the pages that follow, we've provided a quick look at some of the new bindery and finishing systems that made their debuts at drupa.
Autobond launched an entry-level thermal laminator at the show, the Micro 52 SD TP. It is a heavy-duty laminating machine aimed at the short run, multi-color B2 and B3 markets. The laminator can produce 2,000 sheets per hour (sph) of B2, is backed by a Heidelberg Stahl suction drum feeder and has a perfecting feature for two-sided lamination in one pass.
At drupa, Baum exhibited several solutions. In the Polar booth, Baum demonstrated the Baum 714XA folder and the latest in BaumCut guillotine cutter systems with small- to large-format capability. GMS demonstrated self-mailer folder/gluer solutions with the Baum 714XLT 8Z folder/gluer producing self-mailers with a GMS Microglue cold glue system. The Baum 20 independent deep pile feeder was shown with the Kodak NexPress for cut-sheet feeding with an exclusive sheet staging design. The Baum CF20 folder with the Baum DG creaser were shown creasing and folding light to heavy weight stocks inline. It features extra-large-diameter folding rollers with special polyurethane coating to handle all types of imaging.
The Clarion APEX sorting system was showcased by Bell and Howell. It processes mail in uniform batches or mixed with various types and sizes. Applying constant gap and pitch control to every mail piece helps minimize processing time and maximize throughput. Options include detectors for doubles, metal, height, indicia and thickness.
The Challenge CMT 130 and 330 On-Demand Book Trimmers were displayed at multiple locations, demonstrating automated book-of-one production trimming with the Challenge Txe control systems. Utilizing barcodes printed on the precut book block, job dimensions are sent to the trimmer for automated setup. Hydraulic clamping and cutting action provides the necessary force to accurately cut through 5-cm-thick books. The modularity of the CMT series of trimmers provides possibilities for future growth. They can be configured as a hand-feed off-line trimmer, add a high-capacity feeder and high-capacity stacker for unattended, near-line trimming, or add the advanced in-feed and cooling tower for true in-line finishing capabilities.