What’s New in the Bindery?
Though digital printing equipment made the biggest splash at the On Demand Conference and Exposition in March, the Washington, D.C. show was chock full of bindery equipment too. IPG visited all of the major bindery vendors. Here's a look at what we saw.
Duplo USA had its new DFS-3500 near-line Bookletmaking System on display. It was developed to completely finish full-bleed booklets in a single pass. Ideal for short-run applications, it incorporates the DBM-350/T mid-range booklet maker and trimmer in-line with a DC-445 creaser, combining slitting and creasing features with the stitch, fold and trim features of the DBM-350 Bookletmaking System. With multiple functions in one system, the need for a separate guillotine cutter and a separate creasing machine are eliminated.
GBC previewed its 6020os one-sided laminating system. Running up to 90 feet a minute, it is operator controlled from one side with a built-in feeder and separator. It requires just 26.5 square feet of floor space and has a synchronized sheet separator for continuos production and an adjustable stacking table. GBC also demonstrated a GBC Titan 1244 WF44 laminator, to laminate and mount inkjet output up to 43˝ wide and 1⁄2˝ thick. It was working in combination with a Canon imagePROGRAF printer. Elsewhere, GBC introduced the 620os automatic feeder for its 620os laminator, to increase production efficiency.
Graphic Whizard's CreaseMaster Platinum got a lot of attention at the show. Able to crease 8,000 (8.5x11˝) sheet per hour, it features digital touch screen controls, programmable job memory, self centering air feed, batch counting and lets users shift crease position on the fly.
James Burn USA and Spiral Binding Co. showed off the new Koilmatic tabletop electric automatic coil inserter. An LCD screen guides the operator through setup and operation, and it requires no tools for basic setup and changeover. Foot pedal actuated, the Koilmatic provides consistent, simultaneous crimping on both coil ends, and it has onboard electronic diagnostic capabilities. The Koilmatic comes with 13 spine formers and will bind up to 450 books per hour. It handles book thickness ranging from 1⁄8˝ to 5⁄8˝.
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