Combined Customer Expo Draws Big CrowdsAugust 2003
* Two MBO B21 eight-page units were coupled to a Stralfors unwinder and sheeter to create signatures.
* A Herzog + Heymann (H+H) M7.46-72 map folder with 12 fold plates was demonstrated.
* An MBO B30-S/4VM Perfection folder connected with an H+H 392 unit demonstrated time slitting, time perforating, time scoring and plow folding, and utilized a pick & place unit to tip on a three-dimensional piece to create eye-catching direct mail pieces in a single pass.
* A B26/44X folder teamed up with an H+H ILS system to produce a 16-page pasted booklet, then trimmed on a Bograma punching unit.
* An Ehret reel-sheeter operated in combination with a Perfection B-26S eight-page unit and a BA-700 automatic banding delivery to demonstrate high-speed sheeting, folding and banding.
* A 45˝ Wohlenberg Cut-Tec guillotine cutter was surrounded with Baumann automated material handling systems.
* A Theisen & Bonitz flex B315 VP collator worked in system configuration with the company's new 304 stitch, fold and trim unit with integrated head- and foot-trim.
A variety of other folding, gluing and diecutting combinations were also displayed, comprising a total of 20 MBO America systems.
"It is very encouraging to see such a large turnout at a finishing technology event," notes Max. "It's an indication that the worst may be behind us, and the best is yet to come for the graphic arts."
Werner Naegeli confers: "The positive feedback we received from those who attended indicates that printers and bindery professionals are gearing up from the survival mode they've been in for the past couple of years. They're now looking for ways to grow their businesses."