Standard to Highlight Automated Solutions at GRAPH EXPO
ANDOVER, MA—August 3, 2011—Standard will present a broad range of intelligently automated post press, paper handling and inserting solutions at GRAPH EXPO, including several North American premiers. Live demonstrations will emphasize complete solutions to help print service providers comprehend offset and digital production workflows, where printed rolls or cut sheets flow into value-added finishing processes.
All of the solutions in booth 617 employ intelligent automation with advanced touchscreen control for super-efficient set-ups, lower operating costs, and best-in-class quality for short-run finishing. The Standard feeding and finishing portfolio continues to expand with new products, accessories and services surrounding the professional production and distribution of printed documents. A diverse set of Standard Hunkeler and Standard Horizon paper handling and finishing solutions will also be shown in partnership with industry-leading digital print manufacturers.
Book Production Systems Serve Offset and Digital
Keeping with the theme of “complete solutions” Standard has organized three primary bookbinding workflows that simulate real-world production environments. Two represent books produced from a continuous digital web, while the other shows a more traditional offset workflow with a signature gathering and binding line.
The first book solution includes the North American premier of the new Standard Hunkeler PF7 Plow-fold Module, designed to convert digitally-imaged webs up to 30”-wide into book blocks that are then bound on the Standard Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder in-line with the HT-80 Three-knife Trimmer. The PF7 applies one or two folds in the web direction as needed before the CS6 cutter/stacker converts the multiple-up imposition into cleanly offset-stacked and signatured book blocks, which are then conveyed to the operator input station of the binder for “near-line” efficiency.
A second book solution also begins with pre-printed digital rolls. A Standard Hunkeler UW6 unwinds a 20”-wide roll which is sheeted in the Standard Hunkeler CS6 and signature folded in the Standard Horizon AF-566F Digital folder. Individual signatures are then accumulated and pressed into book blocks in the intelligent PSX-56 stacker, before being conveyed to the operator input station of the new BQ-270V perfect binder. The Standard Horizon BQ-270V–also being shown for the first time–is equipped with a sensor-activated book block digital caliper system that delivers ultra-fast book-of-one capability. Based on the established BQ-270 technology platform, new BQ-270V features include rapid automated set-up with effectively zero makeready time between different book thicknesses. Bound books are then trimmed in the new HT-30C three-side trimmer, which now has color touchscreen control and an optional barcode-driven system that can automatically vary finished trim size from book to book for on demand production.