A Grand Finish at drupa

Several new products were on display at the Standard Horizon booth at drupa 2012.

The Baum 714XA folder.

The Challenge CMT 130 On-Demand Book Trimmer.

Heidelberg introduced the Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher.

The SigmaLine digital book solution from Muller Martini.

The BB400P in-line punching and binding solution from James Burn.

The Standard Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer.

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.

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.

Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.

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