GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2003–Binding and Finishing

Action was also brisk over in the finishing area of the Heidelberg booth. Making its world debut was the high-speed Speedbander 603 banding system. The Speedbander includes automated features such as counting, pressing, jogging and banding.

Heidelberg also pulled up the curtain on the Dymatrix diecutting system, formerly known as the Jagenberg WPM 304, for the first time under the Heidelberg name. The cutter is billed as the only platen press in the industry with an upper moving platen equipped with roller bearings and motorized adjustment of cutting pressure.

Mechanical Debuts

The Probinder wire comb binding system was also showcased for the first time. It can handle between two and 200 sheets of 55-lb. offset or 30-lb. cover stock, with a maximum document thickness of 3⁄4˝.

Meanwhile, Standard Finishing Systems launched the new Standard Horizon AFC-744AKT floor-model folder. Designed for commercial printers, in-plants and binderies, the AFC-744AKT includes advanced setup automation through a user-friendly, color touchscreen control panel that displays fold formats and sheet sizes for easy selection.

Up to 100 different job settings can be stored in memory, and automated setup can be accomplished in seconds. Precise stepper motors drive end stops and fold plates to the exact location for the sheet size and fold style selected. The AFC-744AKT can handle a wide range of papers up to a maximum sheet width of 29.1˝, at speeds up to 36,000 sph.

“This show has been spectacular,” reported Mark Hunt, vice president of marketing at Standard Finishing Systems. “As an industry, we’ve been wandering in the desert for several years, and now this is no mirage; we’ve found water. There were occasions during the show when we didn’t have enough people or enough equipment to conduct all of the demos that we needed to do.”

Similar buyer interest was reported at the MBO America booth. More than 20 new folders were sold during the show, including MBO’s CIP 3/4-ready Perfection folders equipped with Navigator, Rapidset and other automation and makeready options, as well as its “B” series machines. Also sold were various Wohlenberg cutters, Theisen & Bonitz collators, H&H equipment and hhs gluing systems.

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