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Standard announces Graph Expo highlights and new product launches

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Andover, MA – Standard will feature live demonstrations of a broad range of intelligently automated post press, paper handling and inserting solutions at Graph Expo, including several North American premiers.  All solutions in booth 1244 will be shown under the theme "Intelligent Automation" to emphasize Horizon's commitment to using advanced automation and touchscreen control for super-efficient set-ups, lower operating costs, and best-in-class quality for short-run finishing.  The Standard feeding and finishing portfolio continues to expand with new products, accessories and services surrounding the professional production and distribution of printed documents.  A diverse set of Standard Hunkeler and Standard Horizon paper handling and finishing solutions will also be shown in partnership with six industry-leading digital print manufacturers.

Horizon Binders and Trimmers Break New Ground
The innovative Standard Horizon CABS 6000 perfect binding system will premier at the show, bringing new levels of automation to production bookbinding.  The system includes the MG-600 Gatherer, SB-17 seventeen-clamp Perfect Binder, and HT-110 Three-knife Trimmer.  This in-line system can produce up to 6,000 books/hour.  Each component is equipped with an icon-based 10.4" color touch screen that enables end-to-end automated setup in ten minutes or less, and the ability to memorize 200 jobs for instant recall.

Up to six MG-600 Gatherers can be placed in-line for a total of 36 stations, feeding up to 64-page signatures ranging from 5.83"x4.14" to 15.15"x 10.8".  Other features include an in-line stacker for stand alone gathering, and advanced quality control features such as CCD cameras, thickness detection, and weight checking. 

The SB-17 Perfect Binder allows for quick changeover from EVA to PUR adhesive with interchangeable tanks and book thicknesses from .08" to 2".  Other features include CCD cameras on the cover feeder, ability to load covers on-the-fly, twin milling stations, automated in-line cover scoring, gauze feeding for hard cover book blocks, weight checking system and a digital caliper that measures book size and thickness and transfers settings to the binder for automated setup. 

The HT-110 Three-knife Trimmer will accept a lift size up to 3.9" and produces trimmed books from 5.71"x4.05" to 14.4"x11.81". 

The CABS 6000 is equipped with quick-change EVA and PUR glue tanks that slide out on rails to a wheeled trolley.  Operators can easily changeover from one binding style to another in about 5 minutes. This flexibility lets printers serve more market segments and meet varying customer application requirements. 

The new Standard Horizon HT-80 Three-knife Trimmer will also debut.  It is designed for operation in-line with the Standard Horizon BQ-470, SB-07, and SB-09S perfect binders, or for use off-line.  The HT-80 includes advanced set-up automation through a user-friendly 10.4" color touch-screen control panel to meet the requirements of the short run print-on-demand book market. After inputting the untrimmed and finished trim book sizes, automated adjustments include the infeed, jogging, and knife sections.   

The HT-80 allows for trimming of variable thickness books, one after another, for true on demand book production.  It can trim finished books from sizes ranging 5.5" x 3.9" up to 13.4" x 11.8", with programmable memory for up to 200 different jobs, for instant recall of frequently-run jobs.  Precision stepper motors accurately position all guides and clamps to insure professional quality cutting at speeds up to 1,000 cycles per hour.  A uniquely designed servo-motor controlled jogging mechanism helps provide accurate book registration.  The swing knife movement ensures sharp and accurate trims to produce a clean finished book, and a silicon spray unit is available to keep the knife clean during operation.

Standard Continuous-feed Saddlestitching Solution
In-line saddlestitching from a roll will also be demonstrated. The Horizon StitchLiner 6000 Digital will be fronted by Hunkeler unwinding and rotary cutting technology that has been tightly integrated with the Horizon saddlestitching platform, allowing customers to proceed from roll to finished booklets in one process with no intervention or manual touchpoints.  As part of this solution, the Hunkeler CS6 cutter will feature an innovative new interface that allows for job storage, quick changeover, and automatic retrieval of job settings and information.  The system will be shown with a product catalog pre-printed on the Hewlett Packard T200 inkjet press, and a cosmetics brochure pre-printed on the Screen Truepress Jet520 inkjet press.  This Roll-to-Booklet solution will also be demonstrated in Océ booth 1217.

Standard Horizon Folders at the Forefront
Standard will also premier the Standard Horizon AFC-746F Large-format Folder, with throughput speeds up to a record-setting 787 feet/minute. The AFC-746F includes advanced set-up automation through a user-friendly 10.4" color touch-screen control panel that displays all common fold formats and sheet sizes for easy selection.   The folder features quick changeover and fully automated setup with up to 45 automated adjustments including in-feed, roller gap, buckle fold, and knife-fold sections.  The AFC-746F is very flexible – with 6 buckle plates + 1st knife + 2 buckles under the knife, one buckle standard + 2nd knife.  It handles sheet sizes up to 29.1" x 43.3" and as small as 8.3" x 8.3" with programmable memory for up to 200 different jobs. It includes pile feeder with suction head, and has an optional pallet or continuous feeder for maximum application flexibility.  Sheet sizes up to 51" long to be fed with the continuous feeder.

The AFC-746F also contains a new ergonomically friendly slitter shaft removal system, where the operator can remove the perforation shaft automatically for easier blade setting – a quick releaser lever, internal elevator, and slide out carriage highlight this new feature.  A new power stop system, where the transport belt at the knife section selectively slows/stops as the sheet reaches the knife stopper, eliminates bounce-back and damage to the sheet.

"Our business isn't just about equipment, it's about helping printers optimize their post-press operations to save time, produce more, and make money," says David Reny, Executive Vice President, Standard Finishing Systems, Horizon's exclusive North American distributor.  "Best-in-class Horizon automation – such as on the CABS 6000 Binding System, HT-80 Trimmer, StitchLiner 6000, and AFC-746F Folder – lets us deliver productivity and labor-saving efficiency to digital print and conventional offset operations of every size."

Centralized Post-Press Control with the Standard Horizon pXnet Bindery Management System
Horizon also brings intelligent control to each corner of the bindery with the recently-released pXnet Bindery Management System.  This next-generation software platform sports a host of new features, including user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality, real-time reporting of work-in-process, easy job scheduling, and full JDF operability.  Job parameters can be entered at a central control console and then called-up by any Horizon finisher on the network.  Machines in the Standard booth at Graph Expo will be pXnet-connected, enabling fully-automated set-up, job tracking, error reports, and more.  The Horizon pXnet system can also be interfaced with MIS systems for seamless JDF/JMF interoperability. 

Standard to Showcase Several New Low to Moderate Volume Finishing Products
Standard will show the new Standard Horizon BQ-160 perfect binder for the first time with PUR adhesive capability.  The entry-level BQ-160 PUR binder satisfies the fast-growing demand for short-run digital photo books and prepared book blocks for case binding.  The binder is also capable of padding and tape binding.  A dynamic color touchscreen allows the operator to easily adjust a range of settings including cover alignment with the spine, nipping pressure, clamping pressure and much more.   Other features on the BQ-160 include energy-save and auto-off functions, the ability to notch in one or both directions, and an optional carbon air filtration system to reduce adhesive odors.  The BQ-160 can produce extremely strong, high quality perfect bound books up to 1.6" thick at speeds up to 180 cycles per hour.  The BQ-160 can handle light to moderate production needs in almost any environment, and will satisfy a variety of prospects in different vertical markets. 

The BQ-160 Binder will also be shown in-line with the new CRB-160 Cover Creaser, which is setup through the color touchscreen on the BQ-160.  The scoring position is set automatically according to the book thickness that is measured on the BQ-160.  The CRB-160 scores up to 150 lb. laminated covers, and a wide variety of scoring patterns can be selected from the touch screen.  A stand alone model is also available with an integrated color touchscreen, and it is ideal for creasing covers, restaurant menus, greeting cards and other digital print applications.

New features and functionality on the Standard KAS line of intelligent inserting machines will be featured.  A flexible new option for fast, reliable feeding of CD's, DVD's, and other media will be shown. This track-mounted device feeds a range of shapes and sizes down to business card size at up to 6,000 envelopes per hour. The 465HS system will also be equipped with the new KAS camera system that reads 2D, 1D, OCR or OMR for applications requiring verification and integrity.     

Standard will also premier the new "VIVA" suite of vision-based inspection systems, custom-designed for document integrity, quality control and verification in production environments.  The BQ-470 perfect binder will be equipped with VIVAbook cameras and software to check that book blocks and book covers match.  The Standard Horizon HOF high-speed sheet feeder and SPF-200A saddlestitcher will also be equipped with VIVAstitch software and a camera to perform sheet-level and set-level integrity checking. The VIVA line will be deployed across a range of Standard Horizon and Standard Hunkeler solutions to ensure quality control, integrity, tracking and reporting of personalized documents.




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