New Folders For A New Type of WorkJanuary 1952
"The folder operator's the most skilled person in the bindery," proclaims Mark Hunt. He's standing on the crowded floor of PRINT 05, next to the new Standard Horizon AFC-544FKT floor model folder, his voice raised to be heard above the din.
With so many different folds available, he says, each requiring adjustments, folding machines have traditionally required very skilled operators, who are hard to replace once they leave.
"We have removed that from the equation," announces Hunt, director of marketing at Standard Finishing Systems, pointing to the AFC-544FKT's color touch-screen control panel. By using icons to display fold formats and sheet sizes, the panel has greatly simplified operation and reduced the need for such a skilled operator.
Such innovations have changed the face of folding, making the machines of a few years ago virtually obsolete. As a result, replacing an older folder has become a very wise move for any in-plant—especially those having trouble finding skilled operators.
Crease, Don't Crack
No one knows this better than Diane Kukielka, production supervisor at Cargill Graphic Services, in Minnetonka, Minn.
"We had a big problem with cracking toner with our old system," she says.
So a year ago the shop installed the Technifold Tri-Creaser on its MBO folder to crease both offset work and digital pages from the color copier.
"It runs as fast as the folder can go," says Kukielka.
The shop prints newsletters, forms, stationary, letterhead, ads and more for Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. Customers, Kukielka says, have been quite pleased with the crack-free quality of their folded jobs since the creaser was added.
The Tri-Creaser eliminates fiber cracking on all types of digital and offset stocks and obviates the need to score using a letterpress or die cutter. Technifold says its device fits more than 70 models of folding, scoring and stitching machines including MBO, Baum and Standard Horizon.
Morgana USA offers a similar piece of equipment, the DigiFold, an integrated folding and creasing machine. The DigiFold handles output from digital color printing systems and heavy cross-grained stocks, is fully automated, offers suction feed and uses a platen-type blade and anvil creasing method, which, unlike scoring, causes no damage to the substrate and reportedly produces a sharper crease.
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