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GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2004 Binding & Finishing -- Binde

November 2004
by chris bauer

Managing Editor

If you still think of the bindery as a labor-intensive segment of the print shop where manual operations are the norm, then you obviously were not paying close enough attention at Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2004. Exhibitors touting the next generation of finishing equipment proved that bindery gear is now just as automated and digitized as equipment in prepress departments and pressrooms.

Muller Martini, for example, showed printers and finishing professionals how to make the most of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) in their binderies and pressrooms. Under the theme "Integration—Solutions from A to Z," the company introduced a host of interoperable stitching, binding, printing and on-demand finishing products.

"This year's Graph Expo was about more than bringing our Drupa advancements to North America," says Werner Naegeli, president and CEO. "We connected the dots with working applications, so printers and bindery professionals could see how the new integrated workflows can benefit them and their customers."

Muller Martini's BravoPlus Amrys demonstrated CIM connectivity. As its name indicates, BravoPlus Amrys (Automatic Makeready System) automates one of the most time-consuming jobs in the bindery—setting up saddlestitching systems between jobs. Job parameters can be entered on the system's console, retrieved from the system's built-in hard disk or captured directly from a company's MIS or prepress system, via JDF (Job Definition Format).

At the show, everything the saddlestitcher needed to know about the project was supplied directly from a JDF digital job ticket. A second BravoPlus Amrys was an integral part of MAN Roland's CIMcity workflow display in its booth.

As a service to area students, Muller Martini's AmigoDigital perfect binding system produced classic works of literature as part of the "Books for Schools" program. The demonstration ran continuously at the Delphax booth to document AmigoDigital's short-run, zero-makeready production capabilities.

Chicago Public Schools were the recipients of books finished on an AmigoDigital at the show. Six classic works of literature were produced in soft cover, with 6,000 copies of assorted titles donated to the school district.

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Another 2,500 copies will be provided to the GASC Education Program—to be distributed among 25 schools in a four-state area. Muller Martini's project partners at this year's Graph Expo included Glatfelter Paper, Delphax, Stralfors, MBO/Palamides, Shuttleworth and Xeikon.

Standard Finishing Systems used Graph Expo 2004 as the launch pad for the Standard Horizon i2i system, a full-featured CIP4/JDF-enabled digital workflow that brings automation and job status visibility to the bindery.


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