Every printer knows that what happens to the sheet after it is printed is no less critical to the success of the job than the laydown of the inks and the coatings. Offering more postpress and finishing solutions (including digital in-line and near-line) than any other supplier, Heidelberg will capitalize on its presence at drupa 2012 to showcase the value its systems can add in these areas throughout the show.
Finishing Solutions for Offset and Digitally Printed Materials
Among the standouts in the category of commercial postpress are new and improved versions of Heidelberg’s Eurobind 1300/1300 PUR (polyurethane) and Eurobind Pro adhesive binders; a new, efficiency-boosting digital machine control system for the Stahlfolder Ti 52 and Stahlfolder Ti 36 buckle folders; a new, pneumatic twin lay device on the Stahl TD94/112; a new line of POLAR guillotine cutters from 56cm (22”) to 176cm (69”), including new networked workflow and expanded features; a POLAR BC330 three-side book trimmer; and enhanced cutting productivity solutions for label production by faster cycle speeds and material handling improvements.
Digital Book Production
New automated functions lend the Eurobind 1300/1300 PUR adhesive binder even greater flexibility and cost-efficiency in digital book production. The professional four-clamp binder processes folded signatures and single sheets in runs from 1 to 5,000 copies, regardless of whether offset or digital printing has been used, at speeds up to 1,300 cycles per hour. The machine incorporates a host of innovations, the most important of which are a user-friendly 15” touchscreen, a new PUR glue application nozzle with side gluing unit, and a fully automated cover feeder. Special functions for digital printing applications include an automatic block thickness measuring device for single-copy production, in addition to an optional bar code reading system that continuously compares bar codes for covers and content to ensure that all the individual parts fit together correctly. A bar code printer is also available for hard cover production quality inspection. Print shops and bookbinders can use the machine to cost-effectively manufacture everything from simple catalogs and quality brochures to digitally printed personalized photo books in the shortest of runs.
New Digital Control System for Stahlfolder Ti Series
Heidelberg’s Stahlfolder Ti series with new CCT (Compact Control Technology) offers key benefits to small and medium-sized print shops having to cope with a large number of different variants combined with shrinking runs. The new digital machine control system for the Stahlfolder Ti36 and Ti52 buckle-plate folding machines significantly reduces the makeready time per job while making the operator’s job even easier. Both folders are operated from a console located on the feeder that features a clear layout and an ergonomic design for easy access. A graphic user interface guides operators step-by-step through the setup process, and an electronic self-learning mode offers additional support. Various monitoring functions that together ensure end-to-end quality control and greater production reliability, and that include a sheet travel monitor to check that all sheets comply with the specified length. A movable remote control for the 2nd and 3rd stations allows control of the folder downstream.