Material Handling
BDT Media Automation GmbH plans to launch its new Wide Format Autoloader and Stacker at FESPA, running in mid-May in Cologne, Germany. FESPA is a global exhibition for wide format digital, screen and textile print.

The Wide Format Autoloader and Stacker (WFL and WFS) incorporate the company’s patented BDT Tornado Technology designed to provide flexibility in the transport and soft handling of media.
 
The WFL and WFS can feed all media from 0.2 mm to 51 mm thickness and up to a maximum format size of 3,200 x 3,200 mm. Feed rate can be up to 100 boards per hour. Demos at FESPA will show BDT’s feeding and transport of wide format media into Bürkle’s UV-Liquid Coating machine and BDT’s stacking as final step.
Segbert GmbH & Co. KG of Ahaus, Germany, reached a milestone with the sale of its 100th layer palletizer robot to a printing company in North America. The order was for an MPA palletizer with the VVS Pre-Sorter and will be installed during the second quarter of 2015.

“We are very proud that we have achieved this milestone. I would like to thank our partners in the printing industry as well as all our employees here in Ahaus, we could not have done this without them," said Klaus Segbert, Managing Director of Segbert. “We are aware that the printing business is changing rapidly and while we continuously improve our current products we are also developing new solutions for areas like digital printing and packaging.“
 
The first-ever Segbert palletizer line in North America was a ZPA that was installed at Quad/Graphics in 2006. Today, Quad/Graphics is the largest Segbert customer worldwide. In addition to Quad/Graphics, Segbert’s variable-height systems have also recently been sold to leading printers like Fry Communications and TC Transcontinental Printing.

Segbert palletizers and stackers are used in more than 500 installations in pressrooms and binderies around the globe and can be customized to handle a range of printed products like newspapers, retail inserts, magazines, catalogues, loose signatures, logs of signatures, books and book blocks, and cartons.

Muller Martini has introduced its 3692 gathering machine as the successor to the entry-level 1571 system. The new 3692 model is aimed at small- and medium-sized perfect binding jobs based on what the company describes as greater ease of use and size variability.

The 3692 can be used in the Pantera and Alegro A6 perfect binding lines. One of the system's key highlights, according to Muller Martini, is the inclusion of a patented book verification system, which is designed to automatically prevent production with incorrectly set-up signatures. AsirCode allows users to check that production is complete and the sequence of signatures is correct, including the cover. The relevant information is read off from AsirCode, meaning it is not necessary to connect to an external PC or prepress.

Muller Martini also describes its 3692 as being highly compact, based on the elements containing four stations by default – saving space. It can also be loaded and operated from both sides, allowing bindery personnel to simultaneously load one job and set-up a second. 

The gathering machine’s quality assurance systems, Asac Signature Thickness Measurement System and the Asir Optical Scanning System, are also operated from the same unit. For settings specific to the feeder, the HMI panels are located directly on the gathering machine unit.

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