Standard Horizon to Feature Intelligent Automation

ANDOVER, MA—October 14, 2008—Under the theme “Think Intelligent Automation,” Standard Finishing Systems will showcase a broad range of highly automated post press, paper handling and inserting solutions at Graph Expo, Oct. 26 – 29 in Chicago.

“Intelligent Automation” springs from Horizon’s longstanding development philosophy, which combines broad technical finishing expertise with deep study and understanding of the fundamental steps required to produce professional-quality cut sheets, folded signatures, saddlestitched booklets, and perfect bound books with speed and efficiency.

For example, the new Standard Horizon BQ-270C that will premier at Graph Expo features an intuitive color touchscreen that prompts the operator for key parameters, and an integrated digital caliper that measures and transfers thickness data — the most frequently changing book variable — to the binder. The fully-automated 270C can begin setting-up for the next book while it completes binding the previous book, insuring minimal time-loss due to set-up for short or even single-edition binding runs.

“Our business isn’t just about equipment, it’s about helping printers save time and money in their post-press operations,” says David Reny, Managing Director, Standard Finishing Systems, Horizon’s exclusive North American distributor. “Best-in-class Horizon automation – such as on the new BQ-270C binder – lets us deliver productivity and labor-saving efficiency to sheet-fed and digital print operations of every size.”

Horizon also brings intelligent control at the network level, with full JDF compliance, via the i2i Bindery Control System. Job parameters can be entered at a central control console and then called-up by any Horizon finisher on the network. Machines in the Standard booth at Graph Expo will be i2i-connected, enabling fully-automated set-up, job tracking, productivity and work-in-progress statistics, error reports, and more. The Horizon i2i system can also be interfaced with MIS systems for seamless JDF/JMF interoperability.

Horizon Binders Break New Ground
Standard will be introducing the Standard Horizon BQ-270C Single-clamp Perfect Binder, which features a large 10.4” intelligent color touch-screen control console and an ergonomically-designed digital caliper, to measure book thickness and automatically transfer this data to the binder for quick, automated set-up. The BQ-270C is designed for short run-length POD and commercial print book markets, with single-person production of up to 500 books per hour. Together with all other Horizon products, the BQ-270C will be connected to the Horizon i2i Bindery Control System.

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