drupa 2012 at a Glance

With the fairgrounds spanning 19 halls, it’s simply not practical to cover all that the show had to offer. For a taste of the rest, the following are some of the key announcements made in other hot product categories.

Binding & Finishing

The Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher debuted at the Heidelberg booth. The ST 500 touts individual drive technology, centralized control system and a wide range of feeder models. The stitcher has a capacity of 13,000 cph and it enables users to collate stack-signature brochures in preparation for adhesive binding. Automation options for the feeder, trimmer, stitcher and compensating stacker help reduce makeready times.

The Clarion APEX sorting system was showcased by Bell and Howell. The APEX 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.

Duplo showcased its DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, which is 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, all in one pass, and eliminates white borders and toner cracking on fold lines.

The SigmaLine digital book solution headlined Muller Martini’s product display at drupa, going from PDF to finished book in a single, integrated operation. The Connex data and process management system is the central control element of the SigmaLine, linking all production stages utilizing JDF and JMF. Also featured was the Alegro perfect binder operating at up to 7,000 cph to support digital and offset printing finishing needs.

Standard Finishing touted its Standard Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer. The unit is capable of one-to-one variable trimming, in-line or off-line. Its setup and variable trimming is achieved by reading a barcode printed on a cover sheet. It can trim up to 1,000 variable-thickness and format size books per hour. The HT-1000V will accept a wide range of input sizes and deliver trimmed books from 5.7×4.05˝ up to 13.38×11.69˝.

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