Standard to Demonstrate Automated Feeding and Finishing Workflow Solutions at PRINT 13

Standard Finishing Systems will showcase 8,100 square-feet of postpress and paper handling solutions in Booth 1902 at PRINT 13 in Chicago, including a complete line-up of perfect binding, folding, saddlestitching, creasing, inspection systems, and continuous-feed print solutions for the digital and offset print markets. Consistent with its show theme “The World Loves Books”, Standard will demonstrate an all inclusive range of equipment used in the book production process, with over 20 different applications running live to simulate real-world production environments. Presentations will be conducted four times daily to highlight several new solutions and demonstrate cost savings in a variety of production steps, building profit into short-run work through lower waste and fewer touch points.


Finishing flexibility unveiled

Standard will introduce a host of new products to the North American market, including the Horizon BQ-280PUR Perfect Binder, which offers single-clamp PUR perfect binding with professional quality in a compact footprint. Specially designed for the production of digitally printed books, personalized photo books, smaller sample runs, and other ultra-short-run work, the BQ-280PUR can be operated by a single person and includes an automated, sensor activated digital caliper system for consistent measurement of book block thickness every time. The binder achieves production speeds up to 400 books per hour, and is only one in a line-up of five different perfect binders that will be running in the Standard booth.

Standard will also demonstrate the new Horizon SmartStacker, which converts a B2 size/20x29" digitally printed sheet into up to 28 individual cut sheets, with intelligent accumulation and stacking and end-to-end JDF control. Developed in cooperation with HP and designed to run inline with the B2 format HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, the system can also be operated near-line to serve multiple print sources with sheet feeding capability up to 4,500 B2 sheets per hour. At the show, the SmartStacker will continuously produce a variety of greeting cards and blocks of three different book titles with fully automated, JDF-driven changeover between jobs.

The new Standard Horizon CRF-362 Creaser/Folder will also be featured to demonstrate creasing and folding of digital color output in one pass with no cracking. The system can handle a wide range of coated, uncoated, or laminated stocks from 24-lb. bond to 16 pt. (and up to 18 pt. for creasing only) on sheets up to 14.33x34". Capable of creasing and folding up to 5,000 sheets per hour, this solution will be producing restaurant menus, greeting cards, book covers, brochures, and other marketing collateral at the show.


Continuous-feed finishing solutions

In another North American premiere, Standard will show the Hunkeler Roll-to-Signature Book Block Solution producing ready-to-bind, glued book blocks from digital webs up to 30" wide. Rolls are processed into 4-, 6- or 8-page signatures on the PF7 double plow folder and transferred to the new high-performance CS6-HS cutter and SD7 double star wheel delivery stacker for non-stop operation up to 650 fpm.

In a world first, Standard will demonstrate the Smart Binding System for continuous-feed digital print, producing short-run, variable books of different size and thickness from a 20" roll with no manual touch points. The system features the Standard Hunkeler unwinder and rotary cutter inline with the Horizon AF-566F Folder. Glued book blocks are presented to the Horizon SB-09V perfect binder and then trimmed on the HT-1000V variable trimmer.

An integrated roll-to-fold solution featuring full web inspection will also be shown producing complex variable data direct mail pieces in one pass at 500 fpm with dynamic perforating from sheet to sheet for coupons, reply cards, or convenience checks. Standard has partnered with key digital print manufacturers including Canon, HP, Ricoh, Screen, and Xerox on a range of applications to bring highly integrated feeding and finishing solutions to the show floor.

The “VIVA” suite of camera-based inspection systems and full web inspection will also be running live at PRINT 13 on several Standard solutions to demonstrate quality control, integrity, tracking, and reporting all documents.