Standard Horizon Blends Intelligence, Ergonomics and Speed in New Automated Folder
The machine is also amazingly flexible. Try this on for size: 6 buckle plates + 1st knife + 2 buckles under the knife [one buckle standard] + 2nd knife. This flexible buckle/knife combo lets you run a wide variety of applications in a very small footprint, while allowing for faster throughput than a conventional buckle-buckle configuration. Three possible scenarios: straight ahead for parallel-only work; an 8-page exit using the right-angle into a knife; or 16-page using buckle-knife-knife.
Sounds great, but is it fast? Yup. 42,000 sheets per hour for 8.5x11” single-fold job, and 14,000 sheets per hour for 6” x 9” 16-page cross-fold piece, with a maximum sheet size of 29.1x43.3" (B1 format) for flat/pallet feeding. Use the round (continuous) feeder and you can run a 51" long sheet (maximum 29.1x51"). Smallest sheet size is 8.2x 8.2".
The AFC-746F is ready-to-ship. If you’re heading to GRAPH EXPO in October, visit Standard Finishing Systems in booth #1244. You can contact Standard to register for a VIP demonstration at the show, or if you’d like to make a trip to its new National Customer Demonstration and Training Center in Andover, MA, you can do that, too. www.sdmc.com.
See the AFC-746F in action (including the innovative new slitter shaft removal system), as well as view short videos of all of the other new Standard Horizon products that it premiered at Ipex earlier this year.
Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at the online community foldfactory.com. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and a master of science degree in Graphic Arts Publishing from Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing Management and Sciences (now the School of Print Media).
An award-winning designer, Trish held the position of creative director for a Baltimore-based agency for six years, and has taught design and desktop publishing at the college level. She has a specialized expertise in the area of folding and is the creator of the FOLDRite™ system, a 2004 GATF InterTech™ Technology Award winner.
Trish frequently publishes articles for graphic arts industry publications, and has written three books on the topic of folding: A Field Guide to Folding, Folding for the Graphic Arts: A Teacher's Handbook, and FOLD: The Professional's Guide to Folding.