Postpress–The End of the Line
Heidelberg’s new bindery gear includes the Stitch-expert, which collates, folds and cuts in a single pass. It handles paper formats up to 13.8×20.5˝ and can process up to 4,000 sets of brochures per hour, with a set thickness of up to 22 sheets.
Another new device, the Bind-expert adhesive binder, produces perfect-bound publications at 300 cycles per hour. It processes formats from A6 to A3. The Bindexpert also has an extractor unit for paper dust and trimmings. It supports a maximum binding length of 16.9˝ and a block thickness of 2˝.
Heidelberg also introduced the Stahlfolder TD 52 Topline buckle plate folding machine (shown above), designed for the 193⁄5×271⁄2˝ 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.