COLLATING EQUIPMENT -- In the Pocket
effective. For example, most digital printers can print sets sequentially, but this is much slower than conventional batch printing, especially on longer run lengths."
Near-line finishing, James says, allows the production rate of the printer to be optimized according to the print parameters, without affecting the finishing process, and is a better solution.
Watkiss systems provide an off-line finishing solution for users of high-speed electronic copying, printing and publishing systems. The entry-level Eco Vario shares many features with the full Vario range. Three different types of feeders are available for the Watkiss Vario collating system. Each collating tower can include any combination of feeders to suit the application.
As a response to the growing needs of the digital printing market, Jose Alvarez, marketing coordinator for Duplo USA, recommends the IMBF (Intelligent Multi-Bin Feeder), a system that combines Duplo' s DC-10/60 interfaced with a PC computer.
"In addition, the IMBF can be interfaced with the MD-IN3 folder/inserter for the IMS (Intelligent Mailing System) solution," he says. "This is ideal for one-to-one marketing and custom collating and inserting needs."
Duplo's DC-10/60 offers high speed and ease of operation. Comprising a heavy-duty collator, it is capable of producing up to 4,200 booklets per hour when connected to the DBM-400 bookletmaker or up to 10,000 collated sets per hour. Its vertical design, modular styling and ability to handle a variety of paper types, sheet sizes and weights demonstrate superb versatility.
Oliver Matas, marketing manager for Longford Equipment, feels collating gear needs to be able to easily integrate with other equipment on the shop floor.
"The machinery and controls need to have the flexibility to work in synchronization with other specialized equipment so the customer can manage and operate the system from one source as a complete, turn-key production line," says Matas.