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Standard announces Graph Expo new product launches

Sep 8, 2010 12:00 AM

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Andover, MA-based Standard Finishing Systems will feature live demonstrations of a broad range of intelligently automated postpress, paper handling and inserting solutions at Graph Expo, including several North American premiers.  All solutions in booth 1244 will be shown under the theme “Intelligent Automation” to emphasize Horizon’s commitment to using advanced automation and touchscreen control for efficient setups, lower operating costs, and best-in-class quality for short-run finishing.

Standard Hunkeler and Standard Horizon paper handling and finishing solutions also will be shown in partnership with six leading digital print manufacturers.

The Standard Horizon CABS 6000 perfect binding system will premier at the show, bringing new levels of automation to production bookbinding.  The system includes the MG-600 gatherer, SB-17 (17-clamp) perfect binder, and HT-110 three-knife trimmer.  This inline system can produce up to 6,000 books/hour. Each component is equipped with an icon-based 10.4-inch color touchscreen that enables end-to-end automated setup in 10 minutes or less, and the ability to memorize 200 jobs for instant recall.

 Up to six MG-600 Gatherers can be placed inline for a total of 36 stations, feeding up to 64-page signatures ranging from 5.83 x 4.14 inches to 15.15 x 10.8 inches. Other features include an inline stacker for standalone gathering, and advanced quality control features such as CCD cameras, thickness detection and weight checking.

The SB-17 Perfect Binder allows for quick changeover from EVA to PUR adhesive with interchangeable tanks and book thicknesses from 0.08 inch to 2 inches.  Other features include CCD cameras on the cover feeder, ability to load covers on the fly, twin milling stations, automated inline cover scoring, gauze feeding for hardcover book blocks, weight checking system and a digital caliper that measures book size and thickness and transfers settings to the binder for automated setup.

The HT-110 Three-knife Trimmer will accept a lift size up to 3.9 inches and produces trimmed books from 5.71 x 4.05 inches to 14.4 x 11.81 inches.

The CABS 6000 is equipped with quick-change EVA and PUR glue tanks that slide out on rails to a wheeled trolley.  Operators can easily changeover from one binding style to another in about 5 minutes. This flexibility lets printers serve more market segments and meet varying customer application requirements.

The new Standard Horizon HT-80 Three-knife Trimmer also will debut.  It is designed for operation inline with the Standard Horizon BQ-470, SB-07, and SB-09S perfect binders, or for use off-line.  The HT-80 includes advanced setup automation through a user-friendly 10.4-inch color touchscreen control panel to meet the requirements of the short-run, print-on-demand book market. After inputting the untrimmed and finished trim book sizes, automated adjustments include the infeed, jogging and knife sections. The HT-80 allows for trimming of variable thickness books, one after another.  It can trim finished books from sizes ranging 5.5 x 3.9 inches to 13.4 x 11.8 inches, with programmable memory for up to 200 different jobs. Precision stepper motors accurately position all guides and clamps to insure professional quality cutting at speeds up to 1,000 cph.  A uniquely designed servo-motor controlled jogging mechanism helps provide accurate book registration.  The swing knife movement ensures sharp and accurate trims to produce a clean finished book, and a silicon spray unit is available to keep the knife clean during operation.

Inline saddlestitching from a roll also will be demonstrated. The Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital will be fronted by Hunkeler unwinding and rotary cutting technology that has been tightly integrated with the Horizon saddlestitching platform, allowing customers to proceed from roll to finished booklets in one process with no intervention or manual touchpoints.  As part of this solution, the Hunkeler CS6 cutter will feature an innovative new interface that allows for job storage, quick changeover, and automatic retrieval of job settings and information.  The system will be shown with a product catalog pre-printed on the Hewlett Packard T200 inkjet press, and a cosmetics brochure pre-printed on the Screen Truepress Jet520 inkjet press.  This Roll-to-Booklet solution will also be demonstrated in OcĂ© booth 1217.

Standard will premier the Standard Horizon AFC-746F Large-format Folder, with throughput speeds up to a record-setting 787 fpm. The AFC-746F includes advanced setup automation through a user-friendly 10.4-inch color touchscreen control panel that displays all common fold formats and sheet sizes for easy selection.   The folder features quick changeover and fully automated setup with up to 45 automated adjustments including in-feed, roller gap, buckle fold, and knife-fold sections.  The AFC-746F is very flexible – with 6 buckle plates + 1st knife + 2 buckles under the knife, one buckle standard + 2nd knife.  It handles sheet sizes up to 29.1 x 43.3 inches and as small as 8.3 x 8.3 inches with programmable memory for up to 200 different jobs. It includes pile feeder with suction head, and has an optional pallet or continuous feeder for maximum application flexibility. Sheet sizes up to 51 inches long can be fed with the continuous feeder. The AFC-746F also contains a new ergonomically friendly slitter shaft removal system, where the operator can remove the perforation shaft automatically for easier blade setting – a quick releaser lever, internal elevator, and slide out carriage highlight this new feature.  A new power stop system, where the transport belt at the knife section selectively slows/stops as the sheet reaches the knife stopper, eliminates bounce-back and damage to the sheet.

Horizon brings intelligent control to each corner of the bindery with the recently-released pXnet Bindery Management System.  This next-generation software platform sports a host of new features, including user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality, real-time reporting of work-in-process, easy job scheduling, and full JDF operability.  Job parameters can be entered at a central control console and then called-up by any Horizon finisher on the network.  Machines in the Standard booth at Graph Expo will be pXnet-connected, enabling fully-automated set-up, job tracking, error reports, and more. The Horizon pXnet system can also be interfaced with MIS systems for seamless JDF/JMF interoperability.

Standard will show several new low to moderate volume finishing products, including the new Standard Horizon BQ-160 perfect binder for the first time with PUR adhesive capability, also shown inline with the new CRB-160 Cover Creaser, which is setup through the color touchscreen on the BQ-160.  New features and functionality on the Standard KAS line of intelligent inserting machines will be featured, including a new option for fast, reliable feeding of CDs, DVDs and other media.

Standard will also premier the new “VIVA” suite of vision-based inspection systems, custom-designed for document integrity, quality control and verification in production environments.  The BQ-470 perfect binder will be equipped with VIVAbook cameras and software to check that book blocks and book covers match.  The Standard Horizon HOF high-speed sheet feeder and SPF-200A saddlestitcher will also be equipped with VIVAstitch software and a camera to perform sheet-level and set-level integrity checking. The VIVA line will be deployed across a range of Standard Horizon and Standard Hunkeler solutions to ensure quality control, integrity, tracking and reporting of personalized documents.