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For Kolbus Technologies, the Future is Multi-Facetted

February 27, 2012
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RAHDEN, GERMANY—Feb. 27, 2012—See new systems and new engineering exhibited and in live production on the biggest drupa stand in Kolbus GmbH’s history. Profitable machines and systems for conventional postpress and for digital print processing will be shown.

The Kolbus drupa stand will be over 2,000 m². The stand team of around 100 employees and partners will be ready with information and open for in-depth discussions of visitors’ specific requirements.

“Simply Press Book” is the Kolbus answer for new and profitable business in the growth area of digital book production. Photobooks are already a success story and other digital printing applications are opening up. The many machines in action on the Kolbus stand in Hall 16 will give visitors some idea of the comprehensive range of Kolbus machinery.

Bookjet – from profitable features to the in-house value-adding chain
From Book and Inkjet to the Bookjet is a key concept in digital post-print processing from Kolbus. The Bookjet concept changes the old approach to post-print processing in every way. A Bookjet is capable of producing books with different content and different number of pages, not in batches, but one after the other.

The number of pages can vary widely; the Bookjet can produce books of 20, 200, or a thousand or more pages—one book after the other from web-based, inkjet digital printing. It can produce 1,000 titles a day and millions of books a year—each book in a matter of seconds and with zero makeready effort. Bookjet is the concept for perfect, cost-competitive and profitable finishing of digital print products.

Visitors to drupa can expect to see impressive demonstrations of the world’s fastest digital printing press heading up a complete production line for digital print products—where the starting point is the paper roll and the end product a finished book. The large-format, inkjet digital printing press is a Timsons T-Press shipped from the U.K.

In a fully automated, non-stop production line, the folded signatures from the press are transported in a shingled stream and processed sequentially by a Kolbus SF 832 sequential feeder. Simultaneous separation of single sheets via a number of feeders and magazines or sequential sheet-fed book block production from separate batch production will function equally smoothly.

The Kolbus KM 200 perfect binder with its highly dynamic, servo-motor driven thickness adjustment, processes book blocks with thicknesses varying from two to 60 millimeters. Continuous automatic adjustment to the changing book thicknesses makes non-stop production possible. The fully automatic HD 143.P three-knife trimmer trims three sides of the book blocks also in a continuous process with no make-ready effort. The line can be transformed into a photobook machine by adding an XHB 500 feed unit upstream of the KM 200 perfect binder to allow sequential single-sheet feed.

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