FLOOR-MODEL FOLDERS — Upping the Ante

Low Financing Available

In today’s market, one of the best reasons to consider acquiring a new folder is the low financing rates available, which lead to smaller monthly payments and lower overall operating costs for the long-term, advises Mark Pellman, marketing manager at Baum in Sydney, OH.

“When you combine the lower monthly payments with the substantial increase in hourly productivity, lower maintenance costs and simplified operation, now is the time to consider replacing marginal folding equipment,” he asserts.

Baum folders are gear driven and have combination rollers to produce consistent, tight folds, while their sealed ball bearings provide long, maintenance-free performance, according to Pellman. Newer models offer user-friendly operation with a “Learning Mode” setup function and patented “double blow bar” for the feeders, he adds. In combination with the latter, a non-contact pile height sensor improves sheet feeding, which is important because changes in the paper stocks used and printing done on a sheet are creating more curls that must be overcome in feeding at the folder, the company rep contends.

The management of MBO America, in Westampton, NJ, says it also has seen equipment suppliers being more aggressive with pricing/financing arrangements, which should help facilitate a purchase. In addition, company reps note that recent studies by NPES, The

Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, indicate that turnaround times, scarcity of qualified labor and changing paper characteristics in the digital age are all becoming critical issues for the printing industry. Modern folders, including MBO’s best-selling Perfection series, can address all three concerns, the manufacturer claims.

MBO folder technology elevates the efficiency of postpress operations by offering microprocessor-based controls for faster setup, stainless steel surfaces to minimize paper static problems, and marble-less engineering for greater production.

The introduction of the Navigator control system with a standard interface or optional 15˝ color touchscreen monitor provides an operator-friendly interface for controlling critical machine settings, including centralizing speed and sheet gap controls for the main section and accessory units. It also supports integration into a digital workflow via CIP4 and provides a Windows NT-based database system for managing production.

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