Folders — The Possibilities Are Endless
Also new from Stahlfolder is the Ti 40 Proline, a small-format folder with a pile feeder that can be used in combination with a Ti 36 second station, miniature folding unit. The new Gatefold buckle plate takes the guesswork out of setting up a gatefold because it is set automatically by the folding catalog. The pneumatically controlled plate achieves up to 20,000 cph.
GBR Systems, a U.S. subsidiary of Mathias Bäuerle GmbH, is another folder manufacturer answering the demand for on-demand finishing. It's offering the new, computer-controlled Multimaster CAS folder, with features such as automated fold plate setup and automatic fold roller gap and alignment rail settings. These are said to make it ideal for on-demand finishing.
"There's an increased need for automation in folding technology because of the demand for short-run and quick turnaround jobs," says Jeff Brewer, vice president and general manager of GBR Systems. "We see an industry trend for folding systems to run in-line with digital printers and, typically, this requires the need to change the setup of jobs frequently. Our CAS folders fit right in with this need and have demonstrated that their [advanced] automation of setup and makeready enhances efficiency and increases productivity."
According to Brewer, the Multimaster CAS folder with automatic fold plate setup reduces makeready time by more than 50 percent. The CAS folder stores in memory 60 simple-to-complex folds; seven standard folds are preprogrammed. The fold is set up once and stored in memory with a fold changeover time of less than one minute.
Brewer says the modular design of the CAS folder allows it to be configured to handle a wide variety of standard and specialty applications, such as dynamic cross perforation, gluing, scoring, cross folding, accumulating and continuous forms handling.
Lower Mailing Rates
Baumfolder has recently introduced several new products and enhancements to its folder line, including the Baumfolder BF15 Bookletfolder, which was created to reduce the size of mailing pieces through folding and achieve lower postal mailing rates.