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Nov 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Postpress vendors were busy at Graph Expo 2010. From scoring and creasing accessories to soft cover book lines targeting the latest high-speed digital web presses, there was something for practically everyone. Almost 20 vendor and user groups held their events in conjunction with the show, including Dscoop, Xplor and the Imaging Network Group.

New approach

“We're pleased to have the newspaper people here,” said Carrington Herbert, Muller Martini's national sales director, referring to this year's News Print area. “It's great for Graph Expo.”

Spiel Associate's David Spiel was pragmatic when asked if he noticed a difference in show traffic, in the absence of some key offset players. “If the offset people were here, the same amount of digital people would be here,” he said.

Most postpress vendors' booths featured a wide range of machinery. “We believe in equipment,” says Don Dubuque, Standard Finishing Systems' marketing manager. “We brought in 14 trucks. The [GASC] drayage break helps as do [union overtime changes].”

Standard's Horizon HT-80 three-knife trimmer drew interest from BQ-470 perfect binder users. Also popular: a PUR-equipped BQ-160 shown inline with the new CRB 160 cover creaser. (Read our coverage of Standard's Graph Expo offerings in “On a roll,” October 2010.)

Spiel Associates, mindful of the economy, tried something new with its display. “We brought a rebuilt Sterling Anything Collator,” says Spiel. “Many people are turning to used equipment on heavy duty, high ticket machinery and this showed off our rebuilding skills.”

Muller Martini continues to expand the capabilities of its SigmaLine digital book production system and seems well positioned to work with customers installing HP, Kodak and Océ high-speed inkjet presses. The company held popular seminars on digital as well as photobook production.

Perhaps taking a cue from some press vendors, Muller Martini also debuted “MMServices,” an operational improvement program. The seven-module program includes repair, remote service, training, inspection and other offerings.

Mark Van Gorp, vice president of business development and marketing for Böwe Bell + Howell, said tough times only magnify the need for users and vendors to innovate: “Large standard class mailers, the smart ones are investing in efficiencies. And almost every machine we quote is capable of producing one-to-one mail pieces. The good news is that people are buying.”

Same time next year

Most postpress vendors we spoke with favor an annual graph arts trade show. “I like [an annual] show, although I don't know if we'd take the same amount of booth space next year,” said Spiel. “This is our 43rd year at the show, [and] I'd like to do this for another 20.”

Lay-flat books

Spiel Associates' Sterling Doublebinder is an economical, layflat perfect binder that boasts the capability to bind books as strong as PUR. It binds up to 300 books per hour, producing a layflat book, gluing not only the spine, but between the sheets (including coated stock). The books dry instantly.


Help for folding digital books

Morgana USA's AutoCreaser Pro 33 and Pro 55 help eliminate the cracking that can occur when folding digital jobs. It also handles conventionally printed card, laminates or cross-grained stock.

A 70-inch “SmartScreen” controls all the main functions. Users enter the sheet length (popular sizes are pre-set), touch the fold type for the finished product and press the green button. The AutoCreaser Pro 33 will automatically calculate where the creases need to be and set them. It's rated at 8,500 8.5 × 11-inch sph or 11,000 6.5 × 8.5-inch sph. The AutoCreaser Pro 50's increased sheet size of 27.5 × 19.6 inches can be extended with an optional tray, making sheet lengths of 35.4 inches possible.

The DigiFold Pro offers high speed creasing and folding. It accepts sheet sizes up to 27.5 × 15.1 inches and handles material up to 150-lb. cover (including laminated material) and runs at 6,000 sph.

All three devices feature the PosiFeed feeding system. The drum stops as the vacuum pulls the sheet down before the drum starts to feed. The feeder can be piled higher and accepts even difficult stocks.


Folding heavier stocks and more

Baumfolder Corp.'s CF20 creaser/folder incorporates functionality of the popular BAUM 20 series folders. The CF20 can perform multiple folding impositions using buckle folding that previously could not be done. Users can fold heavier stocks for more than just a half fold.

The CF20 operates independently behind most impact or rotary creasing machines in tandem or at a right angle to the exit of the creasing or scoring machine. The fully adjustable height design allows the CF20 to accept sheets from low to very high entry heights to adapt to multiple machines. The CF20 also can be used for folding select sized and thickness stitched booklets or stapled sets.

The DG creaser targets digitally printed book covers and related applications. It also can be operated in line with the Baum CF20 creaser/folder and other Baum right-angle folding. Production is constant using the bottom feed air/vacuum system in the feed table. The vacuum pickup location is also adjustable to be able to feed curled and flat edge stocks. The non-marking urethane vacuum wheel can feed delicate coated stocks.

The 714XA AutoFold tabletop folder can feed and fold 25.5 inch-long paper for tri-folding brochures. It features multiple job memory of 20 custom entry folds with easy recall. Highlights include a touch screen control panel with color display and easy to follow pictographs, turbo wheel air/vacuum feeding technology, and non-marking, flip deflector fold plate technology.

Three new models of desktop folders were also introduced: The AutoBaum B12X (fully automated setup); the AutoBaum B12A (limited automated setup) and B12M (manual setup). All three models include telescoping delivery conveyor, six-digit resettable and eight digit life counter; cross folding guide; removable roller cover and self centering side guides.


All-in-one solutions for greeting cards, books and more

Duplo's DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser took center stage at its display. Said to eliminate white borders and toner cracking, it's the next step up from the vendor's DC-645 model. The 745 can do up to 10 slits, 20 cuts, and 15 creases in a single pass at speeds of up to 50 spm.

Highlights include quick job setups, optional perforation, cross per, micro perf, half cut, and rotary score modules; and an increased feeding capacity and elevator stacking function.

The DKT-200 two-knife trimmer was shown with the Duetto System 5000 booklet making system. Targeting high volume, full-bleed digital applications, the system is comprised of the DBM-500/T bookletmaker and trimmer in-line with a DSF-2000 sheet feeder and two DC-10/60 pro collators. The DBM-500/T can handle set-by-set or sheet-by-sheet output.

Once the book is face trimmed on the DBM-500T, the DKT-200 removes the head and foot. The two-knife trimmer can finish books at speeds up to 4,500 books per hour. An optional gutter cutter supports 2-up applications, doubling output to 9,000 books per hour.

Incorporating an in-line knife folder, the DC-645 integrated folding system slits, cuts and creases as well as folds digitally-printed applications in a single pass. Utilizing two knife folds, the DC-645 single, letter, Z, gate, double parallel and other popular folds.

The Ultra 200 UV Coater is a semiautomatic alternative to the fully automatic Ultra 145A and Ultra 205A. Users can add a glossy or satin finish to both offset and digitally-printed documents. Shown with an optional, high-capacity sheet feeder, the Ultra 200 can UV coat book covers, postcards, brochures, business cards, and other applications up to 20 × 20 inches.


Entry-level all-in-one finishing

Rollem's highlights included the 2D Finisher, an entry level, bi-directional slit, score, trim and perf system. A live demo showed two-up greeting card press sheets finished in one process. Four other two-directional systems were demonstrated including the ETR system with its new interleaf strike capability. The unit can program perforations on different pages such as multiple page invoices with the last page requiring a tear-off remittance.


User-friendly saddlestitcher

Muller Martini's Primera E110 saddlestitcher is rated at 11,000 cph and said to be two to three times faster to set up vs. previous models. Incorporating the AMRYS (automatic makeready system) setup solution, the Primera's feeder, stitching machine and three-knife trimmer are quickly set to the desired size.

The ASIR3, Muller Martini's proprietary Automatic Signature Image Recognition technology inspects each signature, ensuring proper sequencing. A Smart Stitch Control staple function verifies the presence of the staple as well as its quality. Remote service capabilities reduce downtime and lower maintenance costs.


Innovative mailing solutions

Böwe Bell + Howell's MAILStream Inveloper combines envelope manufacturing and mailpiece assembly into a single, efficient process at up to 30,000 pieces per hour. It is designed for high-speed First Class mail applications for high-volume production mailers such as utilities and financial institutions, or service bureaus.

Roll-fed material replaces traditional envelopes. The document packet, which can include a statement, business reply envelope and optional inserts, is “inveloped” at high speed.

A large production mailer recently installed its seventh Inveloper. The customer reports that of its 98 inserting systems currently in use, the six Invelopers produce 25% of the output and deliver a cost-per-piece reduction of up to 40%.

Mailpiece Harmonix software lets inserters run more efficiently by adjusting speed automatically in response to changing set sizes and inserter performance. Since the machine speed can dynamically increase or decrease to adapt to processing conditions, it can increase speeds when operational conditions are favorable and decrease them when they are not. It also can dynamically change cycle speed to allow for maximum performance calculated against set size distribution. It will increase speed for small set sizes and decrease it when assembling larger set sizes.

JETVision 2010 enables users to manage multiple vendor systems using one central control. JETVision 2010 consolidates multiple interfaces into a single control point, and supports inserting systems used for Standard Class or First Class mailings.