Digital Finishing

Sydney Stone, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Morgana’s line of creasing, folding, numbering and booklet-making equipment, plans to launch the new Morgana BM 350 and BM 500 offline and near-line booklet makers at Graphics Canada, taking place in Mississauga from April 16 to 18.

This will be the first time the Morgana BM 350 and BM 500 booklet makers will be shown at a North American trade show, which is to include demonstrations of the new products.

Sydney Stone explains the Morgana BM 350 and BM 500 booklet makers have been offered for more than a year as inline systems by Xerox and Ricoh, but are now available as both near-line and offline versions. Sydney Stone also states these higher capacity booklet makers (35 and 50 sheet capacity) enable printers to finish work that is increasingly printed on higher quality coated and art papers without over taxing the booklet maker.

The near-line Morgana solution includes a 21-inch high capacity dual bin sheet feeder, while the off line solution is a handfed booklet maker with optional square spine press and face trimming.

Israel-based Highcon, which develops unique digital cutting and creasing technologies for the printing industry, is expanding into North America with the appointment of Vic Stalam as President of Highcon Americas.

Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon is best known for its Euclid finishing system, unveiled at drupa 2012, and described by the company as the first fully digital cutting and creasing machine for converting paper, labels, folding carton and microflute.

The Euclid incorporates Highcon’s patented Digital Adhesive Rule Technology (DART) to produce creases, as well as high-speed laser optics to cut a range of substrates. This process eliminates the conventional die-making step. The Euclid is installed at customer sites in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Stalam previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales at X-Rite, where he worked from 2011 to 2013, and as Vice President of Commercial sales at Kodak, where he worked from 2009 to 2011. Before joined Highcon, Stalam provided C- Level consulting for private equity and venture capital companies. He will lead Highcon's team in Canada, North and South America and building the American operations.

“I am excited to be joining Highcon at this particular stage of the company's growth. The introduction of digital technology into the post-print and packaging market completes the missing link in the digital printing workflow,” said Stalam. “I believe in Highcon’s vision of transforming finishing into a value adding process…”

Sydney Stone, a Mississauga firm specializing in finising for short-run print production, has reached a distribution agreement to sell MultiLoft products in Canada.

MultiLoft, according to Sydney Stone, allows for producing materials up to 64-pt thickness in forms like business cards and post cards.

Working with print from toner press, MultiLoft allows front and back cover sheets to assembled back to back, and insert sheets to be added to increase thickness. Pressure from the trimming clamp then seals the sheets together. After assembly, the sheets can also be die-cut into specialty shaped cards.

Standard Horizon plans to debut two finishing systems at the upcoming Graph Expo 2014 tradeshow, taking place from September 28 to October 1 in Chicago.

Standard plans to launch the new CRA-36 Creaser (to be available September 2014) with automated feeding. The system can crease or perforate up to 5,000 sheets per hour, while also performing up or down creasing, as well as spine, hinge and flap creasing for perfect-bound book covers. Up to 10 creasing lines can be created in one pass. The CRA-36 accepts coated, uncoated or laminated stock from 24-lb bond up to 18 points, on sheets of up to 14.3 x 34 inches.

At Graph Expo, Standard is also debuting the TBC-200L three-knife top and bottom trimmer (to be available September 2014), which can be connected inline to Horizon SPF-20/20A/200A/200L booklet-making systems. The TBC-200L is also available as an off-line version. It reaches speeds of up to 4,000 trimmed booklets per hour, at thicknesses up to 0.195 inches. It accepts untrimmed booklets up to 14 x 12 inches down to 4.725 x 3.55 inches.

In addition to these two new systems, Standard is exhibiting the RD-4055 and RD-3346 rotary die cutters for short-run work. The systems can die cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole punch, and round corner in one process for both toner and offset sheets. The RD-4055 feeds, die-cuts, and separates waste in one pass at up to 6,000 cycles per hour and accepts sheet sizes up to 15.74 x 21.65 inches, at a thickness of up to 0.5mm (0.019 inches). Creasing is also available for applications that require additional folding after die-cutting, such as boxes, pocket folders, and greeting cards. The RD-3346 runs at 3,000 cycles per hour on sheet sizes up to 13 x 18 inches at .35 mm (0.013 inches) thick.

MGI Digital Graphic Technology installed the new iFOIL hot-foil-stamping system into its Florida headquarters for demonstration purposes with North American printers.

iFOIL operates inline with MGI’s JETvarnish 3D UV spot coater to produce on-demand – and personalized – embossing, debossing and hot foil work. MGI points to applications like magazine covers, books, brochures, labels, invitations and packaging.

In addition to foil on foil work, iFOIL can apply up to three foils in one pass. It runs up to 1,700 B2 size sheets per hour, which equates to 25 metres per minute.

Using market standard foil rolls, the inline configuration handles sizes ranging from A4 format (21 x 30 cm) to 52 x 105cm and on paper substrates ranging from 150 to 700 microns. User can also produce hot stamping with iFOIL with output from offset and toner presses, including MGI’s Meteor series.

Sydney Stone is to begin distributing the new Duplo DC-616 system with slitting, cutting, creasing and perforating primarily aimed at short-run toner work.

The DC-616 is designed to eliminate white borders and prevent toner cracking on colour documents. It can finish a range of full-bleed digital applications including greeting cards, invitations, brochures, book covers, photos, and 24-up business cards without the need for additional modules. The DC-616 can process up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass.

Two models are available, including the DC-616 PRO which comes standard with PC controller software and PC Pole Mount for easy job setup, CCD scanner to read barcodes and registration marks, ultrasonic double feed detection, and a perforating unit (with two manually adjustable perforation tools) to perforate along the length of the sheet. All of these features can be added to the basic DC-616 model as options.

Duplo has commercially released the DC-646 slitter/cutter/creaser for the United States, Canadian and Latin American markets. The technology was first introduced at PRINT 13 to handle a range of print work primarily produced on colour toner presses.

The DC-646 can produce up to eight slits, 25 cuts and 20 creases in a single pass, while also providing full bleed to eliminate white borders and preventing toner cracking on fold lines up to 30 sheets per minute. The DC-646 can be equipped with optional rotary tool and cross perforating modules, both with strike-perforating capabilities.

With Duplo’s new technology, users can create 24-up business cards on 12 x 18 or 36-up on 14 x 26 paper sizes, slit-score greeting cards, micro-perforated coupons, direct mailers with tear-away cards.

The DC-646 features a PC Controller and comes with a built-in CCD scanner, making it possible to recall any job stored in memory by reading the printed barcode and automatically setting up the job. The scanner reads registration marks as well to correct the sheet-by-sheet image shift. Users can apply barcodes and registration marks with the EFI Fiery Command Workstation impose tool (Fiery System 10 or newer).

“The DC-646 was a huge hit at PRINT 13 and sold out at the show. Customers were very impressed with the additional capabilities and its price point comparable to the DC-645 model,” stated Si Nguyen, Vice President of Sales at Duplo USA. “In a few months, customers will be able to add folding capabilities for even more versatility.”

The DC-646 will be configurable with the Integrated Folding System which performs as an in-line folder, creating a solution that slits/cuts/creases and folds in a single pass.

Sydney Stone, a Mississauga-based distributor specializing in finishing technologies, announced its plans to launch the Watkiss PowerSquare 224 in-line with a high-capacity sheet feeder at Graphics Canada. This new Watkiss system will be run as a product demonstration during the three-day show, beginning November 21 in Toronto.

Watkiss Automation Ltd. of the United Kingdom officially launched its PowerSquare 224 book-maker back in July 2013. The company describes the new machine as a complete booklet-making system for toner-based printing. The PowerSquare 224 is rated to produce stitched, SquareBack books up to 224 pages thick.

“This Watkiss product and the previous PowerSquare 200 fall in line with what our customers frequently are searching for, a differentiating finishing solution. Booklets can be produced by a variety of different finishing devices but only the Watkiss PowersSquare 224 can produce a booklet up to 10.4-mm thick with a square spine,” stated Michael Steele, Managing Director, Sydney Stone. “This replicates the perfect bound look, packs much more easily and with the wire stitch binding is stronger than a perfect bound book.”

Building from its PowerSquare 200 predecessor, Watkiss increased the specification of this new model to include a larger online sheet size of 14.37 x 19.69 inches, the increased book thickness of 10.4mm described above, and a higher average monthly production volume of 50,000 books.

Watkiss also changed the paper path through the PowerSquare 224 to better handle higher-quality papers used in colour toner printing. The machine also features a new auto-adjustment system for book thickness, allowing uninterrupted running when streaming jobs, or when printing variable content documents that have different page counts.

Scodix, a provider of digital UV coating technologies, showed off its new Scodix Ultra digital press at the PRINT 13 trade show this week. The machine is capable of 1,250 B2+ (21.5 x 31.0 inches) sheets per hour. The ultra lays down its gloss polymer at a resolution of 2,540x450 dpi.

The press features the following technologies:
- Scodix RSP Technology: Pin-point enhancement positioning and registration through the use of multiple CCD cameras
- Scodix 99 GU: Delivers the highest level of gloss units attainable for printed materials;
- Scodix Variable Density: Allows for variable polymer thickness - all in a single pass

The features allow for the machine to process 10,000 B2 sheets, 40,000 photobook covers, 80,000 greeting cards, or 480,000 business cards during an eight hour shift. The Scodix Ultra can process material weights from 6 to 30 points (135 to 675 gsm) and can print on materials as thick at 700 microns (0.7mm). The machine can lay down as much as 250 microns of material in Braille mode and can also operate two trays simultaneously.

Israel-based Scodix was founded in 2007 by veterans Kobi Bar and Eli Grinberg and presented its first offering of a UV digital enhancement press at IPEX 2010. The company then followed that up at drupa 2012 with the Scodix SENSE S presses in B2+ and B3+ sizes.

At the PRINT 13 show this September, Duplo announced it plans to exhibit “its largest range of digital print finishing products yet” which includes the debut of the DC-646 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser.

Set to succeed the DC-645, the new DC-646 performs up to six slits, 25 cuts, and 20 creases in a single pass (compared to six slits, 15 cuts and 10 creases in the DC-645). It also eliminates white borders and, according to Duplo, prevents toner cracking on fold lines up to 30 sheets per minute. The machine also has an optional rotary tool and cross perforating modules. Users, among a series of applications, can create 24-up business cards, slit-score greeting cards, micro-perforated coupons.

The new machine will be shown alongside the company’s DC-745, DC-615 and DC-445 systems, as well as the company’s line of saddle stitchers, die cutters, UV coaters, and perfect binders.

Israel-based Scodix, a manufacturer of what the company calls digital print enhancement machinery, has expanded its focus in the North and South American markets with the establishment of a new consumables warehouse in Chicago.

“Scodix customers will be able to order and receive the Scodix PolySENSE, faster than ever before,” said Dror Danai, Scodix VP of Business. “With Chicago being a main and central airline hub, delivery will be to either continent in the western hemisphere will be expedited significantly.”

Scodix currently offers two lines: The Scodix Sense S, which provides spot gloss effects with a high tactile feel, and Scodix Rainbow, which applies spot glitter. The company also uses its spot gloss technologies to produce what it calls Scodix Inkjet-Braille, for those who are hard of seeing.

The company, which garnered a lot of attention through its demonstrations at drupa last year, will begin servicing its North and South American customers through the new operation starting on March 10.

According to Ela Bukshpan, Marcom Manager of Scodix, the new warehouse is “just the beginning of our business implementations here.”

Finishing machinery vendor Duplo has announced two new offerings in its lineup, the DF-777 Automatic Folder and the DSC-10/20 Suction Collator.

The DF-777 folds documents such as brochures, menus, letters, and invoices at up to 135 sheets per minute. Users can select from six preprogrammed folds for touch-and-go folding or customize their own for non-standard folds. Cross folding is also possible for documents that require right-angle folds. It is suited for the office and other smaller volume environments.

The DSC-10/20 Suction Collator is designed for both offset and digitally printed applications. The machine has 10 bins which handle a wide range of paper and uses Duplo's patented feed system. Up to two DSC-10/20 towers can be connected and configured with Duplo's bookletmakers and due to its modular nature, can be upgraded to increase production capacity.

Duplo was founded in Japan in 1951 before expanding into the U.S. market in 1979 and Europe in 1985. Today Duplo devices are used in 170 countries.

Baum has announced ten new products at this year's Graph Expo. This number exceeds new product announcement than any previous year.

The ten products are:

- 714XA AutoFold Tabletop folder  (New automated air/vacuum feed tabletop folder)
- CF20 Creaser Folder (NEW folder for folding stocks in line with creasing/scoring equipment and other applications)
- DG Creaser  ( NEW high speed, robust impact creasing machine)
- AutoBaum B12X Desktop Folder (NEW fully automated desktop friction feed folder)
- AutoBaum B12A Desktop Folder (NEW limited automation desktop friction feed folder)
- B12 M Desktop Folder (NEW manual setup desktop friction feed folder)
- 714XLT-2C Folder Gluer (NEW 2-head self-mailer folder/gluer for half and letter folds without dots in the middle)
- 714XLT 4C Folder Gluer (New 4-head self-mailer folder/gluer for half, letter with dots in the middle)
- 714XLT 4Z Folder Gluer (NEW 4-head self-mailer folder/gluer for half, letter, Z, and dbl parallel without dots in the middle)
- 714XLT 8Z Folder Gluer (NEW 4-head self-mailer folder/gluer for half, letter, Z, and dbl parallel with dots in the middle)

In addition to these machines, Baum has also updated its BaumPrint 18 Press, the BaumCut cutter line and other Baum folders.

In Canada, Baum is represented by Wades Bindery Repair and KBR Graphics.

Morgana DigiFoldAt Graphics Canada, beginning this Thursday in Toronto, Sydney Stone states it will present the Canadian tradeshow debut of the Morgana DigiFold 5000P. First released in 2003, the most-recent upgrade to the DigiFold includes Morgana’s patented “flying knife” technology and DynaCrease, which help to increase the system’s speed to over 5,000 A4 sheets an hour.

At Graphics Canada, Sydney Stone will run two booths with equipment demonstrations. At 3601, the company is focusing on the latest in Duplo, Morgana, EBA, and Challenge products. This will include the Duplo System 2000 and DSF 2000 bookletmaking systems. The other booth, 3806, is centred around Sydney Stone’s Certified Series of reconditioned equipment. The company plans to have 20 pieces of reconditioned equipment on the booth, such as paper cutters, folders and bookletmakers.

Sydney Stone is also holding a draw at Graphics Canada in which entrants can win $1,000 in supplies.

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