GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2003--Binding and Finishing
The Auto SpineMaster processes up to 1,400 booklets per hour and is adjustable for different book thicknesses, up to 1⁄4˝. It's designed to help users produce short- to medium-size runs of booklets with large paginations. A double processing function handles extra thick or laminated stock covers.
Duplo USA made a splash with the introduction of its latest bookletmaking and collating system, the System 5000. First launched at IGAS, the System 5000 incorporates DC-10/60 collating towers, the DBM-500 bookletmaker, face trimmer and precision stacker.
Among the features is a set accumulation system that eliminates the need for separate solutions for traditional and digital users. It produces up to 4,500 booklets per hour and operates at high speeds to maximize offset jobs. A center referenced paper transport system provides a fully automated sheet transport system easily incorporating the entire range, from minimum to maximum sheet sizes, without any manual operator intervention.
At the Muller Martini booth, a live multimedia presentation titled "Connect to the Finish" was showcased. The presentation included videotaped visits of facilities that use Muller Martini products, as well as live demonstrations on how the CIP 3 PPF architecture is making finishing a vital part of the computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) workflow. The overall aim was to show printers and binders how they can drastically reduce their makeready times and grow profits simultaneously.
Muller Martini showed the first JDF integration of job data taken directly from Creo's Up Front to a Muller Martini stitcher. Muller Martini has also joined the Networked Graphic Production initiative.
On the product end, the automated AmigoDigital short-run, perfect binding system was showcased. Based on the AmigoPlus model, AmigoDigital's major advancement is its ability to connect directly to a digital printing system and produce as many as 1,000 variable books per hour in-line.
Two popular Muller Martini saddle stitching lines, the BravoPlus AMRYS and Presto with in-line diecutting, were also emphasized. The AMRYS (Automatic Make-ready System), which received a 2002 GATF InterTech award, features the integration of the CIP 3 interface. The Presto was linked to a Multi 450 diecutter to produce miniature and uniquely shaped stitched books in a single pass.