Heidelberg to Introduce a Host of New Products for Postpress at drupa
At drupa, Heidelberg and POLAR will show the new BC330 book trimmer that is ideally suited for digital book production in combination with single clamp perfect binders, such as Heidelberg’s Eurobind 600. The BC330 is capable of cutting books from raw sizes of 4-3/4x 6˝ to a maximum of 12x13˝ with a thickness per cut of 2˝. Multiple books in a lift also can be cut, improving productivity to a maximum of 240 blocks of books per hour.
POLAR also will launch a new version of its “N” series guillotine cutting systems. Evolving from the highly successful X series cutters, “N” series cutters from 78cm (30˝) to 176cm (69˝) incorporate all of POLAR’s industry leading technology, including hydraulic clutch with worm gear drive design with either a 22˝ (N Pro) or 18.5˝ (N Plus) color touchscreen display. These cutters combine POLAR’s latest networking capability to drive cut programs from impositioning software in prepress directly to the cutter through CompuCut 5.0.
Production information from the cutter can be retrieved back to the MIS system, and animation of all cutting functions promotes ease-of-use, shortens makeready, and minimizes waste. Also available is an OptiClamp that provides for improved cut quality of compressible or wavy stocks such as synthetic labels. The POLAR N92 now also boasts a front downholder feature for small cut product.
Label Cutting Production
POLAR label cutting solutions will also see some improvements in time for drupa 2012. The speed of the DC-11 die cutting system increases from 16 cycles/minute to 20 cycles/minute, for example, and a belt conveyor system is now available following the integrated banding unit. The DCC-10 system adds a LT-N loading table and improves die cutting for applications with a cardboard underlayer. The square-cut label system SC-10 adds an integrated airboard lift and can incorporate a BM-105 multistation bander. The SC-25 square-cut system adds log-banding capability for applications or fulfillment requiring larger stacks of labels.
All-Purpose, Short-Run Finishing Options
For the short-run finishing of packaging, commercial and digital materials, the KAMA ProCut 53 die-cutter and the new KAMA ProCut 76 with hot foil boast new features including an Auto-Register system that catches slight register differences and quickly adjusts every single sheet to a printing mark, ensuring that embossing, die cutting, and foiling are exact on every sheet, and giving digitally printed sheets a high-end finish.