Production Efficiency and Accuracy Drive Finishing and Fulfillment

Whether the job is finished in the mailroom or in the bindery, it’s all about greater production efficiency and accuracy—a must in today’s short-run, digital, on-demand environment. Here’s a small sampling of what’s being exhibited in the postpress arena at PRINT 13.

Pitney Bowes (Booth 1947) is featuring integrated print and mail solutions technology, including the IntelliJet Printing System, offering 1,200 dpi native resolution; high-quality print in CYMK, monochrome, and MICR; up to 42" wide-format flexibility; and up to 800 fmp print speed.

GP2 Technologies (Booth 3567) is introducing the Cover-1 casemaking system for one-off and ultra-short-runs.

Standard Finishing Systems (Booth 1902) is demonstrating the full swath of equipment used in book production, from creasers that score covers for perfect-bound books to automated book production solutions that convert printed rolls to finished books with no manual intervention. Making their North American debut are the Horizon BQ-280PUR Perfect Binder and the Horizon SmartStacker.

Also making its North American debut is the Hunkeler Roll-to-Signature Book Block Solution producing ready-to-bind, glued book blocks from digital webs up to 30" wide. Attendees will also see the worldwide premire of the Smart Binding System for continuous-feed digital print, producing short-run, variable books of different sizes and thickness from a 20" roll with no manual touch points.

Therm-O-Type (Booth 4226) is introducing the Zip-TS2L Mark IV digital finishing machine, featuring die-cutting, blind embossing, hole punching, batch/surge delivery, and 3:1 bindery punching. It has an optional up/down crease capability, critical for producing high-quality accordion or Z fold products.

Colter & Peterson (Booth 3940) is introducing a 57" precision knife sheeter, able to cut up to 900 fpm with a +/- .010" cutoff accuracy.

The Challenge Machinery Company (Booth 3918) is introducing a new operating system for all programmable Titan and Champion paper cutters (sizes 27" to 37"). The TC controller system operates in real time with Challenge proprietary software and also features a 10.5" color touchscreen.

Nordson (Booth 4404) is showcasing its recent melter innovations, including the VersaPUR slug and MiniPUR Plus melters.

Rollem (Booth 231) is featuring the Jetstream Auto-Collator and BSF Sheet Feeder, producing digital business cards at 250,000 cards per hour. The Advantage 2D System trims, slits, and scores greeting cards with 100% accuracy.

Rollem Mailstream converts a two-up Automotive Mailer into mail-ready pieces containing eight processes applied on one pass. The PB-15 is a high performance automatic feeding, jogging, drilling, and delivery system ideal for multi-hole drilling for wire-o, loose-leaf, perfect bound books, stitched, or folded products.

Debuting in Booth 2581 in the CPP EXPO, the Rollem Delta Die-Cutter produces a wide range of die-cut products, including labels, light packaging, round-cornered greeting cards, shapes, and stickers.

Duplo USA Corporation (Booth 202) is showcasing its latest in digital print finishing and producing a spectrum of unique applications live. Making its debut is the mid-range digital color finisher, the DC-646 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser, performing up to six slits, 25 cuts and 20 creases in a single pass. The DC-646 eliminates white borders and prevents toner cracking on fold lines up to 30 sheets per minute. The high production DC-745 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser, NAQP’s 2012 Product of the Year, is on the show floor as well, along with the DC-445, DC-615, and DC-745 Integrated Folding Systems.

Also debuting is the entry level 150C Booklet System, which incorporates the new DBM-150 Bookletmaker with the DSC-10/20 Suction Collator.

The U.S. Postal Service (Booth 5427) is highlighting the use of direct mail in combination with other technologies.

The Huamei creasing matrix from Weifang Huamei Printing and Technology (Booth 3571a) is designed for creasing cardboard and corrugated board and layered with PVC and fiber materials.