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Tabbing/Indexing Machines -- Put It on My Tab

March 2003
The Model AAT automatic tab laminate and diecut machine is available from Advent Machinery in sizes from 5x8˝ to 14x22˝. Features include computerized control of all machine functions. Simple, dual platen design is in lieu of dozens of heated rollers, thus permitting versatility to produce "special" jobs on glossy or coated stocks and quick turnaround for full body printed jobs.

The dual platen design features both upper and lower heaters with fully automatic temperature control. The platens provide for self-adjustment and alignment for all types and thickness of stock, thereby reducing setup times from job to job.

Options available include: automatic positioning/collating package; sheet edge reinforcing and/or hole punching in- or off-line; custom tab sizes, extensions and curvatures; step indexing die set for production of step index tabs; and feeder option, air pile, to provide 15.5x23˝ capacity.

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The Prim Hall in-line tabbing system provides accurate and repetitive applications of tabs to slim-jim and digest size books at speeds up to 28,000 books per hour. Tab sealer units are mounted after each applier to provide tight seal closure with negligible product distortion. Servo-driven speed compensation allows for precise positioning of the tab even when in jog mode.

In-line tabbing systems can be configured in a number of variations. Prim Hall can interface its system to any of the common trimmers or mail tables. Alternating between three-knife and five-knife work is easily accomplished to enhance the productivity and maximize the profit of existing lines.

The tab appliers are mounted to the tabbing table, allowing for adjustment in the X and Y planes to compensate for thickness and head to foot size variations, and can be easily moved to allow for non-tabbing work, as well. Prim Hall offers a complete line of mail systems, in-line or off-line, to complement user's tabbing requirements.

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Available from Scott Equipment, the Scott Ten Thousand will unload 10,000 tabs per hour. The machine features 10 sets of heat rollers and two sets of non-heat rollers to bond the plastic to various thicknesses of paper. Special heat controllers reach and maintain an accurate temperature.

Users can set the counter for up to 999,999, push the start button and the Ten Thousand performs the rest. The instant the counter reaches the preset number, the Ten Thousand stops, avoiding costly overruns.

Also, when the machine runs out of tape, it immediately stops feeding paper. It takes just a few minutes to thread a new tape reel. A durable electric clutch and brake keep the plastic feeding smoothly. Pre-set plastic length dimensions automatically center the tape on the heated rolls.  

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