Postpress — The End of the Line
Managers can program jobs on a PC, save them on a disk and give the disk to the operator. This, according to Challenge's Robb Gould, lets shops hire less-experienced operators. The cutter has optional air side tables, and by Graph Expo it will incorporate a pile lift device. A graphic display gave visitors a preview of the Challenge 417 three-knife trimmer, to be unveiled at Graph Expo. It trims books from 4x6˝ to 14x17˝ and up to 2˝ thick.
The DocuPunch, from James Burn International, features an automatic belt-controlled paper feeder and fast changeover. It punches up to 36,000 sheets per hour, features a touch-key control panel and an auto sheet feeder. Also new from James Burn was the high-speed BB500 Wire-O binding machine. Users just hang their booklets from the "hooks" on the coil and press a foot pedal, or let the sensor start the process automatically. No tools are necessary, providing very quick changing of binding diameters. The BB500 also features an electronic control panel.
For foil stamping, Therm-O-Type showed the NSF foil-stamping press, an alternative to the platen press. It produces flat foil stamping, blind and foil embossing, diecutting, "kiss" cutting, perforating, imprinting and numbering. It can be equipped with a holographic registration option. The NSF offers a maximum speed of 6,200 iph.