Zechini to Present Novelties and Surprises at Drupa
MILAN—Feb. 21, 2012—Zechini Gra-For is renowned for its machines for hardcover book production and paper converting. Traditionally at every Drupa, Zechini makes a few additions to its already rich portfolio of machines. This year there is a special reason to do it in style: Zechini is celebrating 60 years of activity!
Zechini’s international team is looking forward to welcoming visitors in hall 14, stand C04. On a surface of more than 3,200 sq.ft., a comprehensive cross-section of the Zechini product range will be shown. it will be divided in four areas: book blocks, casemakers, casing-in and page-to-page books.
The book blocks area will include the VIP Press Endpaper 20 cycles/min endsheet gluing machine. This will be followed in-line with the VIP Gauze back gluing and lining machine. The “new” news in this area is represented by Capri, a compact machine that applies the head and tail bands as well as the ribbon (option) onto the book block. It can handle book blocks up to 19-3/4˝ long and 2-3/4˝ thick. The head and tail bands come on a self-adhesive tape so that there is no need to use liquid glue - the machine is always clean and ready for use.
For book block production Zechini will be offering the thread sewing machine F1088. Produced by a specialist in this field the Smyth company, the F1088 book sewing machine will be distributed worldwide exclusively through Zechini. This compact manual machine was developed especially for the digital print market. Nevertheless, thanks to its very large maximum size of 20-1/2 x 19 1/4˝, the F1088 book sewing machine is bound to attract attention of conventional bookbinders as well.
The Casemaker section will include three models that were introduced last year and were immediately well received by the marketplace. The Mephisto is a low-cost model, which nevertheless boasts an industrial build and can produce cases of high quality. With its zero set-up time and easy operation, the Mephisto is ideal for short runs. It can be equipped with a variety of options.
The Roby Junior 2 all-in-one casemaker has proven to be an instant best seller. Its compact frame houses a full set of features, the most prominent one being the automatic board feeder ensuring superior accuracy and output of up to 250 cases per hour. The Roby Junior 2 can handle all the usual bookbinding materials such as paper, photo paper, cloth, PVC, leather, etc. The board can be the standard board, or padded. Changing cover material requires no adjustments.
The Roby Junior Vas has not one, but two turning-in and pressing stations, arranged at 90°. enabling production of cases in a single pass at up to 400 cases per hour.
Also the Casing-in area will contain equipment never before shown at Drupa: the family of X-Case casing-in machines. The basic version X-Case requires the operator to place both the book block and the case by hand. The machine has a sturdy build. A common drive for the wing and the gluing rollers ensures uniform gluing irrespective of the book size and weight. The X-Case automatically applies a double amount of glue at the book joints which gives the book extra strength and durability.
The X-Case Plus is a semi-automatic casing-in machine. It differs from the X-Case in that the book block is fed, opened and placed onto the wing fully automatically. After casing-in the book is pressed by rollers and delivered on a shelf for easy unloading.
An inline solution composed of the X-Case Plus and the VIP Forming book pressing and joint forming machine will also be shown. Books cased in with the X-Case Plus are laid onto the infeed belt of the VIP Forming. There the books are first pressed and then the joints are formed along the spine. By performing three operations in just one passage the X-Case Plus + VIP Forming combination enables efficient production of hardcover books in medium runs.
Last but not least, the Page-to-page books area will also host a world première: the high-speed system for production of children’s books made of cardboard Red Arrow. Starting from flat boards, up to 3000 children’s books can be made per hour. The gluing area can be chosen freely so that the books may contain puzzles or windows.