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.

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.

Automated Perfect Binding

C.P. Bourg introduced the Bourg BB3102 automated perfect binding system for short-run, on-demand environments. It can produce a variety of bound, soft-cover books from traditional or digital print streams, with minimal intervention. The operator can load up to 120 book blocks into the Bourg BBL Book Loader in less than six minutes, load corresponding covers into the cover feeder, set job parameters and leave the system unattended for up to 30 minutes of non-stop production, at a rate of 350 books/hour. The Book Loader allows books to vary in thickness from 0.2˝ to 2.36˝, and in paper sizes from 7.68×5˝ to 15.15×12.6˝. C.P. Bourg also announced a compact and operator-friendly PUR version of its single-clamp BB3002 Perfect Binder.

Duplo showcased the DBMi high-volume collating and saddlestitch booklet-making system (introduced at Graph Expo 2011) and also demonstrated its DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, geared toward mid- to high-volume production digital printers. The DC-745 touts greater speed, productivity and versatility, with the ability to finish a wider range of digitally printed applications in a single pass. The machine can perform up to 10 slits, 20 cuts and 15 creases in one pass, and eliminates white borders and toner cracking on fold lines. New features include a higher feed capacity and a PC controller for easy job setup.

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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