For Kolbus Technologies, the Future is Multi-FacettedFebruary 27, 2012
Perfect binding line 9,000 cycles/h – everyone wants a good price-performance ratio!
A lot of space on the Kolbus drupa stand is given over to conventional post-press machines. Highlights here include the KM 600.C, an improved version of Kolbus’s successful perfect binder, targeted especially at fast, cost-competitive production of brochures, magazines, catalogues and book blocks. The KM 600.C is a universal machine and a candidate for many applications in multistage printing companies, trade bookbinders and digital printers.
Many engineering innovations – from infeed to delivery – have measurably improved performance and user-friendliness and cut make-ready times still further. The Kolbus KM 600.C is a perfect binder for industrial-scale postpress in the performance range up to 9,000 cycles/h and it’s being offered at an extraordinarily attractive price. Visitors to the drupa will be able to watch the new Kolbus inline perfect binder line consisting of a ZU 822.C gathering machine, a KM 600.C perfect binder and an HD 153.M three-knife trimmer.
Record-breaking – the BF 530 book finishing line
The BF 530 operates at faster than a book a second, making it currently the world’s fastest book finishing line. With this technology, KOLBUS is helping to keep the printed book competitive in the Internet era. With a number of new and improved features, the headbanding station is particularly operator-friendly. Fully auto- mated servo axes result in significantly shorter makeready times.
To illustrate how flexible this 70 cycle/min machine is, Kolbus is demonstrating a number of applications all of which present different challenges to the bookbinder. Highlights include sectional makeready in production of digitally printed hardcover products and flexible casemaking with varying spine widths. The new 70 cycle/min book finishing line comprises these main units:
LE 660 bookmark machine, BF 530 book finishing line, DS 392 compensating stacker and SU 652 jacketing machine. The offline DA 270 casemaker operates under the Copilot control system and centre strip cross-cut unit. This is engineering with the maximum attention to detail and it’s obvious from start to finish, for example in the casemaker’s integrated edge cutter.
High-end packaging for luxury goods
Premiere at the drupa for the new business area Packaging Production. Know-how transfer from casemaking has enabled KOLBUS to open up new markets with clear growth potential – especially for machinery to produce packaging for luxury products such as jewelry and cosmetics. The company will be demonstrating efficient production systems for packaging, especially for handling sensitive, easily damaged and often expensive materials. The production line incorporates a DA 260 automated casemaker linked inline with an SA 260 lining machine and can be operated by one person.
Trends and challenges
A visit to the Kolbus stand offers not only firsthand experience of the latest technologies, but also an opportunity for intensive discussions with Kolbus specialists. KOLBUS experts can help visitors to evaluate the importance and potential for their business development of moving to a technology such as digital printing – and help them to identify cost-effective machine configurations. Kolbus customers value this expert input, because productivity has to be the key metric in all investment decisions. Markets and consumer acceptance are in a constant state of flux and the indus- try needs to be prepared for this. Even with the growing popularity of electronic readers, all types of print products will continue to play a very important role.