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Postpress--The End of the Line

June 2000

Heidelberg also introduced the Stahlfolder TD 52 Topline buckle plate folding machine (shown above), designed for the 193⁄5x271⁄2˝ format, and the Ti 40 Proline buckle plate folding machine, developed for the small offset market.

For perfect binding, Rosback showed off its 880 perfect binder, a single-clamp, hot-melt, floor model unit that delivers square-bound books. Features include 600 cycles per hour, with milling, side gluing and a heavy-duty, three-horsepower motor, with either conveyor, vertical stacker, or drop-tray delivery. It was shown with an optional 885 vacuum cover feeder.

Also on display was the Rosback Lynx 318 saddle binder featuring the new Lynx 724 four-pocket tower feeder, saddle stitcher and three-knife trimmer for producing books at up to 5,000 cycles per hour. The unit is expandable to eight pockets, and up to four stitching heads.

Graphic Whizard featured its FinishMaster 200 air-feed perforating, scoring and slitting system. It handles up to 20,000 sheets per hour, and offers wide or narrow scoring, an optional slitting blade and conveyor outfeed delivery. Vertical air feed lets users feed up to four times as much paper, and you can continuously load while running.

For paper cutting, The Challenge Machinery Co. showed its Champion 305 XT programmable paper cutter with a 10.4˝ diagonal color touchscreen display. The Windows-based system simplifies job setup.

Managers can program jobs on a PC, save them on a disk and give the disk to the operator. This, according to Challenge's Robb Gould, lets shops hire less-experienced operators. The cutter has optional air side tables, and by Graph Expo it will incorporate a pile lift device. A graphic display gave visitors a preview of the Challenge 417 three-knife trimmer, to be unveiled at Graph Expo. It trims books from 4x6˝ to 14x17˝ and up to 2˝ thick.

The DocuPunch, from James Burn International, features an automatic belt-controlled paper feeder and fast changeover. It punches up to 36,000 sheets per hour, features a touch-key control panel and an auto sheet feeder. Also new from James Burn was the high-speed BB500 Wire-O binding machine. Users just hang their booklets from the "hooks" on the coil and press a foot pedal, or let the sensor start the process automatically. No tools are necessary, providing very quick changing of binding diameters. The BB500 also features an electronic control panel.

For foil stamping, Therm-O-Type showed the NSF foil-stamping press, an alternative to the platen press. It produces flat foil stamping, blind and foil embossing, diecutting, "kiss" cutting, perforating, imprinting and numbering. It can be equipped with a holographic registration option. The NSF offers a maximum speed of 6,200 iph.


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