PRINT 01 Previews
One thousand exhibitors. One-hundred thousand visitors. PRINT 01 is a prepress, printing and converting show to be held September in Chicago. In anticipation of the event, the organizers of PRINT 01 provided PrintMedia InBox with a list of highlights designed to polish productivity and save costs in shorter time. The following companies and products will be showcased:
Standard Finishing Systems focuses on short-run, quick changeovers to automate binderies. The company will highlight a new 15-clamp perfect binder with in-line, three-knife trimming. Mark Hunt, director of marketing for Standard Finishing, which also distributes products from Horizon International and Hunkeler, says, "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. Horizon International has made enormous advances in automating those processes to enable high-volume production with very short changeovers."
Horizon's goal is to compress set-up times down to absolute minimums, using stepper motors and operator interfaces with touch-screen consoles. Hunt reports that a 1,500-per-hour workflow is upgraded to a 5,000 books-per-hour range with the system.
Short-run case binding
The short-run, on-demand trend is quickly growing in popularity within the book production market, but while there have been cost effective solutions for softcover-binding, the ability to achieve quality binding on short-runs has often been cost-prohibitive. As a result, bielomatik will feature its Bookmaster 360 to automatically case bind on-demand books.
Bill English, vice president of the paper division for bielomatik, says the Bookmaster 360 case binds rapidly without adjustment or set-up time for formats between 250mm x 320mm and 105mm x 148mm with spine heights of 6mm to 60mm. "When a book comes off a digital or direct imaging press," explains English, "we can do production case binding in 10 seconds. Down the road, we will be adding modules to make cases and do embossing."