Heidelberg describes its new Stahlfolder CH 56 KT, to be released this April, as holding the industry’s first automated 50 x 70-cm cross-fold unit, which is designed for B2-format short-run production. Heidelberg states the machine is enables users to achieve the best possible folding results for flyers in the 50 x 70-cm format.
An operator using the Stahlfolder CH 56 KT enters a new job on the touchscreen for the front edge stop in the cross-fold unit to automatically move into position. The buckle plate and folding rollers are set to the right format and substrate weight. This is significant automation, Heidelberg explains, when setting up small folding jobs.
In one hour, Heidelberg states the Stahlfolder CH 56 KT machine can complete five repeat folding jobs of 500 to 1,000 copies each. It can be integrated with options like two types of feeders and four or six buckle plates in the parallel folding unit.
MBO America announced the North American launch of its new K8 RS combi-folder, first introduced last fall at an open-house event in Oppenweiler, Germany.
The company describes its K8 RS combi-folder as “the world’s fastest folding machine.” With production speeds of up to 275 metres per minute, the K8 RS represents a 20 percent speed increase over MBO’s previous K8 Perfection folder. The new machine is described as allowing for 1:1 printing to folding production, based on its ability to better match the speeds of today’s modern sheetfed presses.
“The K8 RS defies description in this market segment,” stated Lance Martin, MBO America Director of Sales, who points most predominantly to the increased speed of the K8’s drive motor. “Along with the improved drive system, the Vaculift infeed system was re-engineered for increased performance, and an intelligent sheet control monitoring system has been equipped on all K8 RS machines to ensure that the paper is always under control at these speeds."
Like its predecessors, the K8 RS can be outfitted with variations of the S-KTL and S-KTZ cross-fold units, as well as an automation package to improve make-ready times.
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At PRINT 09, Standard Horizon plans to showcase its new AFC-566F inline signature folder, which features six parallel and six optional cross plates. The system is to be shown with the Hunkeler UW6 unwinder, FM6 folder/merger and CS6-II rotary double-cutter, which together can operate at speeds of up to 600 feet per minute.
The company states the machine, which integrates folder and cutter, is well suited for continuous-feed applications and producing variable-data direct mail pieces in one pass. The system also includes a slide-away register table, so the folder can be operated off-line when the print engine is idle or delivering stacked output to the high capacity stacker.
A new Standard Hunkeler FM6 Plow Fold/Web Merge Module is also set to premier at PRINT 09. This system combines plow folding and slit merging in one module, with integrated perforating wheels. The web is folded or merged and then cut into sheets by the CS6-II, featuring double-cut—or chip-out—for full-bleed documents.
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