Digital Finishing

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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