Standard will also demonstrate the new Horizon SmartStacker, which converts a B2 size / 20 x 29 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 in-line 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. The SmartStacker edge trims and gutter cuts for up to 7 sheets in one direction and four in the other for full bleed trimming. The system can deliver finished product such as posters or postcards, straight or offset stacked, individual sets or book blocks, or bypass to in-line finishing for saddlestitching, perfect binding, or folding. By minimizing touchpoints and material handling, the new SmartStacker streamlines production and lowers labor costs. At the show, the SmartStacker will continuously produce a variety of greeting cards and blocks of 3 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 14.33” x 34”. The CRF-362 comes configured with seven selectable fold patterns and six selectable cover creasing patterns for perfect binding. Capable of creasing and folding up to 5000 sheets per hour, this solution will be producing restaurant menus, greeting cards, book covers, brochures, and other marketing collateral at the show.
To round out the finishing line-up, Standard will display the new SPF-200L Landscape Bookletmaker with HOF-400 High-Speed Sheet Feeder for the production of landscape format booklets (11” x 8.5”) at speeds up to 3,500 booklets per hour. The system features fully automated set-up including fold roller gap adjustment and handles variable page count production. The HOF-400 can be connected to the Horizon SPF-200 Series Bookletmaker and the StitchLiner 5500 for saddlestitching of digitally printed output at speeds up to 45,000 sheets per hour. In two alternate saddlestitching configurations, the Standard Horizon StitchLiner will be shown in-line with collating towers to serve offset print needs and with the HSF-30 high-speed sheet feeder for lightning-fast production of digitally printed saddlestitched booklets.
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. The Standard Hunkeler PF7 Double Plow-fold Module applies one or two perforations or scores, and then folds in the web direction before the CS6-HS rotary cutter converts the multiple-up imposition into 4-, 6- or 8-page signatures. These signatures are glued and stacked as complete book blocks on the new continuous SD7 Double Star Wheel Delivery Stacker. From there, the glued book blocks pass a pressing station and can be transferred to an in-line or near-line perfect binder for book finishing. The solution is capable of running at speeds up to 650 feet per minute, and 450 output cycles per hour (multiple books per cycle), which translates into 4,140 6”x9” books (96 pages) or 2,420 8.5”x11” books (96 pages) per hour. The Hunkeler Roll-to-Signature Book Block Solution can be used off-line or in-line with high-speed digital presses.
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 roll with no manual touch points. A Standard Hunkeler UW6 unwinds a 20” wide pre-printed roll which is cut into sheets in the Standard Hunkeler CS6-I rotary cutter and then folded to signatures in the Standard Horizon AF-566F Folder. The signatures are stacked and glued into book blocks by Horizon’s new BBS-40 and presented to the Horizon SB-09V nine-clamp Perfect Binder. Bound books are delivered via conveyor for three-knife trimming on the HT-1000V variable trimmer. The entire system will be producing at a rate of 2,000 variable-thickness and variable-format size books per hour.