Fit to Print
Exhibitors at Chicago's PRINT 01 are busy highlighting a variety of solutions for greater productivity and cost efficiency. Binding and finishing technology are among the offerings for the shorter-run, on-demand book and magazine markets. Highlights from the show are featured below.
Standard Finishing Systems focuses on short-run, quick changeover drive to automate bindery. That's why the company is demonstrating its new 15-clamp perfect binder with in-line three-knife trimming to achieve higher speeds. "As you move into the higher speed ranges, you get into fairly considerable set-up and changeover times from one end of the line to the other," insists Mark Hunt, the company's director of manufacturing. Hunt also says that Standard Finishing has begun distributing products from Horizon International and Hunkeler. He says, "Horizon International has made some enormous advances in automating those processes to enable high-volume production with very short changeovers."
Horizon's major goal has been to compress set-up times down to absolute minimums using stepper motors and operator interfaces with touch-screen consoles. "Having already done that in the 1,500 per hour class, Horizon is not bringing those advancements into a new production range up to 5,000 books per hour," says Hunt.
Accordingly, Standard Finishing is also showing new automated folders, including Horizon's AFC-504 and new accessories on its Standard Horizon SpeedVAC vacuum collating system with inline saddle stitching accessories. Attendees are seeing new entries in its POD arena attached to Xerox print engines.
Better Short Than Never
The short-run, on-demand trend is hitting the book production market particularly hard. But while there have been cost-effective solutions for cover binding, the ability to do quality binding of short-runs has generally been cost-prohibitive. For this reason, bielomatik is featuring its Bookmaster 360, which automatically case binds high-quality books for the on-demand market.
According to Bill English, vice president of the paper division for bielomatik, the Bookmaster 360 automatically case binds books rapidly without adjustment or set-up time. Format is between 250mm x 320mm and 105mm x 148mm at the very minimum with spine heights of 6mm to 60mm. To ensure a seamless workflow, the Bookmaster 360's control system also permits automatic production flow without downtime for initial set-up or resetting.