Folding

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.


Masterwork USA, a manufacturer of folding carton and packaging equipment, has announced its plans for the Graphics Canada trade show next month. The Charlotte-based subsidiary of the Chinese manufacturer will be showing its new MK1060 ER automatic platen die cutter, the MK 420 MINI Q carton inspection machine and its MK1450ER automatic platen die cutting machine.

“Coming off of a very successful PRINT 13 in Chicago, we’re anticipating an equally high level of enthusiasm from our Canadian audience to see our packaging and post-press finishing equipment,” says Carol Jiang, Vice President of Masterwork USA.

The K1060 ER die cutting machine incorporates stripping and blank separation and has a maximum speed of 7,000 sph and a maximum sheet size of 1,060 x 760mm. The machine handles die cutting, embossing and pressing for all kinds of boxes for the packaging industry, especially high quality cartons for the cigarette, pharmaceutical, liquor, gift, and cosmetics markets. 

The MK 420 MINI Q high-speed carton inspection machine was a Best of Category winner of the Must See ‘Ems this September at PRINT. It allows a graphic arts firm to carry out 100 percent on-line inspections throughout 24 hours of uninterrupted operation. The machine uses a unique light source that can filter the reflective light on the sheets to make the image clear and give better detection results. The MK 420MINI has a maximum running speed of 75,000 sheets/hour with a maximum sheet size of 420mmx350mm.

Masterwork’s MK1450ER automatic die cutting machine, which will be previewed at Graphics Canada. This new automatic platen die cutting machine incorporates stripping and blank separation into a one-step process. Maximum sheet size is 1450 x 1080mm and maximum speed of 6,500sph.

While not on the show floor, the company will also promote its MK21060STE Duopress foil stamping and die cutting machine, claimed to be the world’s first and only double-station machine designed with a one-pass integrated system combining the platen through the embossing and foil stamping onto the die cutting and stripping functions.

Masterwork Machinery Co. Ltd., the parent company of Masterwork USA, is based in Tianjin China, was established in 1995 and operates from a 90,000 square meter factory employing over 500 people. The firm has been a  provider of corrugated and package printing solutions and has over 800 partners stretching around the world including Europe, Japan, and the Americas.


United Kingdom-based Tech-ni-Fold reached a settlement in its patent infringement lawsuit against Update Ltd. and D&R Bindery Solutions of Chaska, MN. Under the terms of the agreement, the two U.S. companies will cease the manufacturing and sale of the "Ultimate Score" product and its consumable components.

"We are delighted with the settlement of this suit. Customers have come to trust Tech-ni-Fold as an innovator in the field of unique creasing products, and we have invested heavily in improving these products to retain a leading position in the market," said Graham Harris, Managing Director of Tech-ni-Fold Ltd. "While no company desires to spend resources combating infringement, at times it must be done. We will act to protect our company's intellectual property and the customers who depend on the quality and innovation our intellectual property represents."

Tech-ni-Fold USA, the North American dealer, has initiated a trade-in program for companies which have purchased Update's Ultimate Score product. According to the company, customers may qualify for a credit up to the full amount they paid for their Update products when they purchase any AZ-Fit or Fast Fit Tri-Creaser from Tech-ni-Fold USA.


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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. Standard AFC-566F

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.

P09A 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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