SANTA ANA, CA--10/14/2008--During Graph Expo 2008, Duplo USA Corporation will show a range of its latest products and innovative modular finishing configurations which will allow printers to introduce sophisticated value-added finishing processes to their customer offerings. Graph Expo will also be the U.S. debut of Duplo's unique DC-645 Production Color Finisher, in-line with a new knife folder, adding further application possibilities to the already versatile slit, cut, and crease machine.
Visitors to Graph Expo will see Duplo's new PUR DPB-500 Perfect Binder, the mid-range System 3500 bookletmaking system, the Ultra 205A UV Coater, as well as its intelligent DSF-5000 high speed dynamic document sheet feeder. Graph Expo will also be the first public showing of Duplo's new entry level DP-J450 Duplicator, which delivers economy, convenience and high quality printing.
In addition, Duplo will be teaming up with front-end partners Digilabs and Ultimate to present a live automated PDF enabled web-to-finish templated production of photo products. DigiLabs offers photo design and layout software that is simple to download and use, enabling easy creation and customization of photo products such as photo books and calendars on customers' desktops. When the page layout has been completed with the DigiLabs software, the produced PDF file is transmitted to Ultimate's Impostrip imposition software. Impostrip manages imposition workflow, including full control over page position, bleeds, page-spread and scaling, marks and margins.
Once the photo pages have been printed on a Xerox DocuColor Digital Color Press, the output will then be transferred to a number of Duplo finishing technologies to demonstrate the variety of finishing options and versatility of web-to-print solutions.
"We wanted to present an interactive workflow to clearly demonstrate the power and significant productivity benefits that can be delivered by a complete end-to-end print production," explains Si Nguyen, Director of Marketing at Duplo USA. "By teaming up with industry partners such as Digilabs and Ultimate, we've provided a hands-on opportunity for visitors to experience just how simple it is to automate production, which in turn offers significant cost savings by eliminating manual intervention and potential inputting errors."
DC-645 Production Color Finisher with New Conveyor/Folder/Stacker
Duplo has added a knife folding option to the versatile DC-645 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser, thus hugely extending the on-line capability of the production color finisher. By incorporating folding into the single system operation, printers can now fully finish different applications such as greeting cards, folded 'tent' business cards, brochures and much more.
The knife folder incorporates two knife folds making it also ideal for parallel fold applications such as letter folds. With a speed of up to 50 sheets per minute, the new folder fully matches the capabilities of the DC-645 and can also be by-passed for no-fold applications from the DC-645. The finished documents are then stacked in a 15.75" capacity stacker specifically designed to neatly stack and retain even heavier jobs such as folded card stocks.
The flexibility of the DC-645 programming means that all configurations are simple to set up and easy to adjust to suit customer requirements.
New PUR DPB-500 Perfect Binder
Duplo has extended its single clamp fully automatic DPB-500 Perfect Binder range by adding a PUR version, making it ideal for short to medium run perfect bound books printed digitally or on coated stocks. PUR binding provides an extremely secure result with its high pull-strength ensuring that each page is firmly bound and can be opened flat without any risk of pages becoming detached.
The closed tank system offers huge cost and productivity benefits compared to open-tank systems, as it does not require draining after each session which incurs wasted material and downtime.
Just like Duplo's standard-adhesive DPB-500 Perfect Binder, it runs at speeds of up to 525 cycles an hour, and is capable of binding a wide range of materials with a maximum booklet size of 14.17" x 12.60" and minimum size of 4.72" x 4.72". Cover sheet sizes range from 4.72" x 9.84" and 14.17" x 27.40".
The versatility of the fully automated DPB-500 results in a reduction in set-up times and costs, making it perfect for short run and variable print, while its high capacity book production speeds make it equally suitable for longer runs. One of the machine's key attributes is its easy-to-use integrated touch-screen controls, which facilitates a 35 second set-up between programs, resulting in a book-bound quality finish with minimal operator skills.
New System 3500 Bookletmaking System
At Graph Expo, Duplo will also introduce the mid-range System 3500 which incorporates up to two DC-10/60 collators with the new DBM-350/T bookletmaker and trimmer. The fully-automatic DBM-350 bookletmaker/trimmer fits between Duplo's established low-end bookletmaker DBM-120/T and its high-end counterpart the DBM-500/T and, as such, provides an alternative according to production requirements and budgetary needs. Offering stitching heads, speeds of up to 3,000 books an hour, and fully automated set-up, the DBM-350/T is an extremely productive and professional solution. The flexible bookletmaker easily accommodates a range from on-demand applications such as CD and DVD covers through to 5.5" x 8.5" to 8.5" x 11" finished booklets of up to 80 pages.
The ability of the DBM-350/T to handle set-by-set and sheet-by-sheet output with equal ease means that it can be connected to Duplo's collating systems or dynamic sheet feeders, making it ideal for printers making the transition from offset to digital, allowing them to incorporate color content and variable data into their finishing solutions.
Duplo's new DP-J450 Duplicator is an entry-level 300 x 600 dpi 11"x17" printer, engineered for economy and ultra-low energy use, with a built-in book scanner designed to meet the needs of quick printers as well as the office environment. This new model features High Resolution Imaging (HRi), which is achieved through the combination of master material, high carbon soy ink and quality thermal print heads resulting in outstanding quality output with rich, unbroken solid print.
Offering superb paper handling via its three wheel feeding system, the DP-J450 offers economical printing of up to 120 pages per minute, with the cost-per-copy decreasing rapidly as the print quantity increases. In addition, its range of 12 standard inks and optional spot color matching service ensures all color copying options are catered for. USB 2.0 connectivity is also optional, allowing direct connection to PC and Mac-based platforms.
Ultra 205A UV Coater
Duplo is also showing its fully automatic and user-friendly Ultra 205A UV Coater with optional SF-205A Feeder. Delivering variable speeds between 32 to 120 feet per minute, the Ultra 205A cost-effectively adds quality, high gloss or satin finishes to an array of offset and digitally printed documents up to 20.5" in width.
The Ultra 205A ensures overall quality of printed output is increased as more vibrancy and richness is added to colors and hues, while ensuring protection from scratching and fingerprints. This makes the Ultra 205A perfectly suited to applications such as book covers, calendars, business cards, brochures, posters and mailers.
In addition, the compact Ultra 205A UV Coater enables easy set-up and operation and features a number of efficiency enhancing attributes. These include a large and intuitive LCD touch screen panel which, via an innovative troubleshooting diagram, allows users to quickly make adjustments. Users also benefit from a self-centering and self-tensioning conveyor belt which automatically readjusts to keep output media neatly stacked.
Further efficiencies are gained thanks to the Ultra 205A's metering roller speed adjustment which evenly sets the level of coating required, while the built-in self cleaning system ensures post-production labor is reduced.
DSF-5000 High Speed Dynamic Sheet Feeder
An addition to the Duplo dynamic sheet feeder family and next-level option to the established DSF-2000, Duplo' s new DSF-5000 modular high speed, production level feeder offers a number of enhanced benefits to give greater productivity for near-line finishing and bookletmaking solutions.
Responding to the needs of both the color market as well as the higher volume black & white cut sheet markets, the DSF-5000 can support the printed output of multiple printers without compromising print production and offers high speed, reliable feeding of a variety of substrates with both ultrasonic double and optical double detection for improved accuracy and reduced waste by preventing the processing of incorrect sets.
In addition, its Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) and barcode readers offer greater versatility in handling variable and personalized print finishing.
The new belt suction feeder, integral buffer and enhanced sheet separation facilities enables consistent and reliable feeding of a variety of substrates at high speeds. The DSF-5000 can feed up to 400 sheets per minute, which is fed from a 24" capacity pallet style paper tray. Operators also benefit from automated job set up and changeover, as well as an intuitive, user-friendly PC interface.