Collating Equipment — Collating Cravings
Longford Equipment offers units with custom-designed, flexible collation patterns, which combine with high-speed dispensers. Integrated turnkey systems are created with existing wrappers and labelers. Longford machines are designed for stationery, sports/phone/game cards, security printing, software packaging and various other printed materials. All units are microprocessor-controlled and can be supplied with optional detectors to monitor low/empty magazine, product insertion, placement verification or misfeed detection. Longford also offers encoders for in-line speed variation and timing of inserters.
In the future, collating units will increase in speed and continue along the high-automation path—making it easy for print shop employees from any department to step in and use the finishing gear when needed, predicts William Golde, president of MBM Corp.
The MBM DocuVac suction/air feed collator and stacker, with optional bookletmaker and face trimmer, is designed for fast production and changeovers for both offset and digital printing. The eight-bin configuration can be upgraded to 24 bins, with the addition of two more eight-bin towers. Features include preset and custom programs, and a control panel that provides step-by-step directions. Paper sizes from 5.5x8.25˝ to 12.75x18˝ and collating speeds of up to 3,800 sets per hour are possible. Online finishing capabilities include the DocuVac bookletmaker-102, which side, corner and saddle staples.
Collating equipment definitely is an area of the printing industry that has many choices from many vendors. The System 4000 from Duplo USA consists of up to six collator towers (60 bins), a dynamic bookletmaker, face trimmer and precision stacker. Together the system is capable of producing up to 4,200 booklets or 10,000 collated sets per hour. It has the ability to handle a variety of paper types, sizes and weights. Setup and changeover are automatic, with no manual adjustments required. Eight programmable settings allow operators to store repeat jobs and move from one to another by a simple pushbutton operation.