Binding

Muller Martini of Switzerland has unveiled saddle stitching heads, which the company refers to as next-generation, game-changing technology.

The re-engineered PerformancePlus II Stitching Heads include industry-unique features that, according to Muller Martini, will revitalize these stitching consumables. For example, the heads contain significantly fewer moving parts.

Where traditional stitching heads might contain anywhere from 25 to 40 parts, explains Muller Martini, the PerformancePlus II Stitching Heads contain only seven moving parts. This means operators spend significantly less time disassembling, repairing and maintaining heads.

PerformancePlus II Stitching Heads provide what Muller Martini describes as “the closest head configuration available in the industry,” with a 40-millimeter centre-to-centre distance. The company explains this feature is designed to maximize efficiencies with the tightest head-to-head configuration possible in today’s market. In addition, Muller Martini explains only one type of head is required for small booklets to thicker products.

“PerformancePlus II Stitching Heads will save binderies time and money. That’s because with significantly fewer moving parts, the on-going process of rebuilding heads is minimized,” stated Doug Stryker, Division Manager, Print Finishing Systems, Muler Martini. “And since these re-engineered stitching heads are much more dependent on movement and angles than on actual parts, there’s a lot less maintenance. And with fewer parts there’s less lubrication and a much cleaner product, not to mention a cleaner work environment.”


Duplo has introduced its new DBMi Saddle System into Canada and the United States. Described as its heaviest-duty collating and saddle stitching system, the DBMi, according to Duplo, is the first such machine in its class to produce letter landscape booklets, based on its ability to process 24-inch-length sheets. 


The system, first unveiled in September 2011, combines PC-based programming and feeding with scoring and folding at a speed of up to 4,500 booklets per hour. Its modular design enables users to add three-knife trimming capabilities with the optional DKT-200 two-knife trimmer, which can also process 2-up applications, boosting its production up to 9,000 booklets an hour.

“The DBMi is not just an ordinary saddle stitching system. It is the future of bookletmaking,” said Anthony Gandara, Product Manager at Duplo USA.  “With its ability to collate and perform intelligent multi-bin feeding, the DBMi gives customers the flexibility to effectively perform a wider range of saddle stitched bookletmaking applications quicker and easier.”

The DBMi incorporates  new DSC-10/60i suction feed collators, which feature Duplo’s patented dual-fan technology and an Air Management System (AMS) for consistent feeding. Using the Intelligent Multi-Bin Feeding (IMBF) feature, operators can feed multiple sheets from a single bin and merge offset with toner-based output.



Operators can also run the system remotely on tablets or smartphones.


Finishing equipment manufacturer Muller Martini provided a sneak peek at what it will be promoting at drupa trade show in Dusseldorf this May.

In its booth, measuring just over 22,000 square feet, Muller Martini will be showcasing 10 pieces of equipment representing all of its business divisions: variable size web-offset printing presses, saddle stitchers, perfect binders, hardcover systems, newspaper mailroom systems, as well as systems for digital book production. 

“Developing exciting new technologies for the digital market, as well as continuing to offer innovative, automated solutions within the traditional book binding space, are integral to our customers’ success – and to our own," commented Muller Martini CEO Bruno Muller. "But equally important is Muller’s commitment to the life cycle management of the machines and technology we’ve already developed. Our customers can depend on us for that as well.”

Muller Martini's booth will be Booth C21 in Hall 14.


Muller Martini will debut a new mid-range stitching solution called the Primera E110 at the upcoming Graph Expo show in October. The new machine follows the Primera 160, which premiered at IPEX last year.

The E110 runs at 11,000 cycles per hour, a speed the company describes as "the best price/performance ratio in its class." The new stitcher can accommodate a wide size range, including two-up and three-up production. It includes automation features such as automatic synchronization between feeder, gathering chain, stitching machine and three-knife trimmer; ASIR3, which uses barcodes to ensure proper sequencing; AMRYS, an Automatic Make Ready System with touch-screen control; and a signature measuring device, which allows the operator to measure all the signature dimensions directly at the machine and is electronically inputted into the control system.



This September, Muller Martini will unveil its new Book Data Center (BDC) for Acoro, Bolero and Corona adhesive binding systems. According to the company, BDC enables all relevant book measurement data for the perfect-binding line to be recorded and retrieved by individual machines.


Muller continues to state that BDC enables book mass data to be recorded and that data can be utilized for setting up the rotary gathering machine, stream feeder, perfect binder, front trimmer, splitting saw/turnover belt, three-knife trimmer and counter stacker.  The Book Data Center is also linked to the controls of the line assemblies, which means relevant data can be directly transferred to the line assemblies as soon as the measurement process is complete.

The new system includes a measuring table on a moveable base unit, as well as a touchscreen. Muller Martini's Book Data Center can be retrofitted for use with touchscreen-equipped perfect binding lines purchased during the past few years.


The enhanced AmigoPUR from Muller Martini now supports PUR processing for both spine and side processing in a single applicator head. Muller Martini claims this is a key benefit as the application of PUR allows manufacturers to produce more durable book in the short-run book market. The upgraded AmigoPUR perfect binder, which one person can operate at 1,500 c/hr, also has a second spine preparation station.

At drupa-2008, Muller Martini introduced a new ergonomic concept for its machines, which has been applied to the AmigoPUR with a touch-screen panel and the hand-feed station repositioned for better loading of the machine. The machine also includes a new vertical book delivery, where the bound product is lowered in a cam controlled motion and held vertically on its spine. The delivery can hold hundreds of books, according to Muller Martini.

The AmigoPlus, as part of a product line that has existing for 14 years, include preexisting features like separate hot-melt spine and side gluing units, milling, cover nipping, 4-line scoring and a menu-guided control system.

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