Saddle Stitchers/Bookletmakers — The Finish Line
"The BookMaster's staple leg length contains 22 sheets and produces a well-formed staple," he reveals. "The pushbutton, automatic adjustment changes paper sizes faster, more accurately and easier. It costs more, but setup time and operator skill requirements are greatly reduced."
In today's world of lean running shops, ease-of-use is important, stresses Jose Alvarez, marketing coordinator at Duplo USA. "Ease of operation reduces the need for skilled labor, subsequently lowering labor costs. Unskilled workers with minimal training are capable of operating the equipment," he explains.
Duplo's DBM-400 bookletmaker is a fully automatic stitcher. Setup and changeover are accomplished automatically, with no manual adjustments required. It reduces the need for highly skilled operators and also saves valuable equipment training time.
"By building more system intelligence into the equipment, users rely less on an operator's specialized skill set and shops gain staffing flexibility as job demands vary," adds Mark Hunt, marketing director for Standard Finishing.
His company offers the Standard Horizon SPF/FC-20A automated bookletmaking system. The SPF-20A combination stitcher/folder and FC-20A face trimmer feature servo-motors and worm gears for precise and automated setups. Fast changeovers are said to be made using a single, icon-based, touchscreen control console. Hunt notes that this provides for easy training, operation and troubleshooting.
Another vendor that has taken advantage of the explosion in automation is C.P. Bourg, which offers the SBM4 signature bookletmaker. It is a highly automated, modular design comprising a stitching, folding, book press and trimming module. With Bourg's automated saddle stitcher, users have the capability to utilize its cassette thread-loaded stitch heads for easy access, quick changeover and/or Bourg's high-durability Hohner stitcher heads.
Also available is the Graphic Wizard PL-60 bookletmaker, which can staple and fold up to 22 sheets of 20-lb. bond at a rate of up to 1,800 booklets per hour. Stapling and folding can also be done separately by just a flip of a switch, allowing both corner and end stapling.