PRINT 05 Binding & Finishing — Bound to Please
Speaking of Hohner and the increasing movement toward manufacturer compatibility, its new HSS-HK Stitch System was showcased. It features a patent-pending wire cutting system and fits on a variety of stitchers.
Chicago was definitely the place to be for those looking to add a stacker to their shopping cart. Stacking was on the mind of those visiting the Kirk-Rudy booth, particularly with the KR 950 compensating stacker. The new kid on the block at Kirk-Rudy was the WaveJet addressing system solution for coated stock addressing.
RIMA-System is in full stacker mode following the pre-PRINT order of two RS 600 horizontal log stackers at Von Hoffmann’s Jefferson City, MO, plant. The printer also ordered an RS 400 HS palletizing robot to be installed behind its Goss Sunday 3000 press. At the show itself, one of the latest items being touted by RIMA-System was the RS 620 vertical log stacker, which made its debut at McCormick Place.
Over at the IMC America booth, sales executive Ric Mayle was ecstatic over the brand-new release of the fully automatic Commander 140 stacker, which he felt was somewhat of a novelty for the medium-range price market. The machine is manufactured in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Also riding the stacker express was Gämmerler, which introduced the KL 6000 ad STC 700 compensating stackers, as well as the SV 500 and SH 080 vertical and horizontal log stackers.
The buzz at Baum centered around the ifold touchscreen solution for folding applications, dubbed as the affordable alternative to automation.
Indeed, folders and inserters were hot ticket items for many PRINT 05 shoppers. And while overall attendance was not up to expectations for some vendors, they were more than satisfied with the quality of booth visitors.
Take Spiel Associates, for example. The Long Island-based company pushed nine Digibinders out the door, five Coilmasters, four Punchmasters and three double-loop wire binders.