What’s New in the Bindery?

Attendees crowd close for a demo of GMC's new HeatSeal Sprint H950 automated desktop laminator.

MBM displayed its Triumph 5222 Digicut programmable hydraulic cutter.

Standard's Mark Hunt scans a bar code to demonstrate the new pXnet Bindery Control System. Machines in the Standard booth were pXnet-connected, enabling fully automated setup, job tracking, error reports and more.

David Spiel, of Spiel Associates, stands with the company's award-winning Doublebinder layflat perfect binder, which reportedly binds as strong as PUR.

Visitors checked out the new Duplo DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, which performs up to 10 slits, 20 cuts and 15 creases in one pass.

New from RENA Systems/Neopost was the T-650 Multi-side Tabber, which can handle all USPS tabbing automation regulations in one pass.

Plenty of new bindery equipment was unveiled at the recent On Demand show.

Standard’s new pXnet Bindery Control System was demon–strated through–out the booth. It features drag-and-drop functionality, real-time reporting of work in process, job schedul–ing, and JDF opera–bility. Job parameters can be entered at a central control console and then called up by any Horizon finisher on the network.

On top of all the digital printing technology on display in its booth, Océ also showed an innovative tape binder, the Océ DFS30. At the show it was demonstrated inline on the VarioPrint 6320, but it can be directly attached to any of Océ’s medium- to high-volume black-and-white cut-sheet printers, including the Océ VarioPrint Ultra family. It offers quick setup and simple operation via an LCD control panel. The tape binder’s capacity ranges from a minimum of 10 sheets to a maximum of 120 sheets (240 pages), with support for flush cut tabs. Card covers can be added. Tape strips are available in four colors: black, dark blue, red and white, with 100 strips in each quick-loading cartridge.

Coating and Laminating

In addition to causing a stir with its award-winning Meteor DP60 Pro color digital press, MGI Digital Graphic Technology also previewed the new air-fed Digital Finisher 360 inline laminator, cutter, creaser, scorer and slitter. It provides duplex lamination (matte, satin or glossy finish), or it can provide multiple finishes, such as matte on one side, satin on the other. It handles both horizontal and vertical cutting. It can accommodate sheet widths up to 14˝ and lengths up to 29˝, making it ideal for applications such as book covers, brochures, business cards, photo books and invitations (with tear-off response card).

After the success of its DocuMate Plus 13˝ coating machine, Drytac debuted the DocuMate Plus 20˝ at On Demand. The additional width of the user friendly DocuMate Plus 20˝ gives clients more flexibility in press jobs that need coating. This machine will coat more eco-friendly, low melt, wax-infused toners and is compatible with traditional photo, offset, litho and all digital color presses.

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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