Finishing Stars at PRINT 13
The Delta features flexibility at a reasonable acquisition cost, while the BSR 550 features high-precision, high-quality fast throughput and make-ready via extensive use of servos. MBO has already sold more than 12 of these units, and they can run inline with a folder or other device.
3.) MBO Goes Digital
Speaking of MBO, folders are their core business. But recognizing the importance of digital print, MBO recently signed a distribution agreement with IBIS Bindery Systems of the United Kingdom. IBIS manufactures the Smart-binder Plus HS, which is a unique high-speed saddle-stitching system for variable page-count booklets.
MBO will be demonstrating the Smart-binder with their MBO digital unwinders and sheeters, along with a new "dynamic" folder. The folder can read a barcode on the sheet coming from the cutter and produce either an eight-page, or 12-page signature. This is a big deal because it permits the building of variable page-count booklets in four-page increments at web speeds of up to 650 feet-per-minute. Four-page increments mean less "padding" of the booklet with blank pages, and less paper waste.
4.) A New Perfect Binding Process (really).
Palamides will be showing a completely new perfect binder. The smartliner240 uses technology developed by Franz Landen (whom I have known for about 15 years). The combination of a unique spine preparation system and a cold-glue produces a perfect "lay-flat" book with tremendous page-pull strength. Better yet, it develops full bind strength immediately, and can be used on all digitally-printed stocks, even laminated papers. The photo book folks will love this.
Horizon (Standard Finishing) will show its SmartStacker which can process a 20x29˝ digitally-printed sheet into 28 individual cut sheets, with intelligent accumulation and stacking, and end-to-end JDF control. Developed in cooperation with HP and designed to run inline with the B2- format HP Indigo 10000 digital press, the system can also be operated near-line to serve multiple print sources with sheet feeding capability up to 4,500 B2 sheets per hour.