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Heidelberg to Show Economic Finishing of Short Runs in Production Network with Partners

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

At the Hunkeler Innovation Days taking place in Luzern, Switzerland from February 23rd to 26th, 2015, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will show solutions for the production of digitally printed softcover brochures of high quality on booth B02. Themed HEI Flexibility this is an answer to the trend to smaller runs and to flexibility as high as possible with the finishing of digitally and conventionally printed jobs.

Together with its partners Hunkeler, ATS, Müller Martini, and Polar, Heidelberg shows a flexible machine network where a complete brochure is produced live. This brochure consists of a content which was digitally produced in rotary printing and a cover which is bound by means of hotmelt glue, finally getting a three-side trim in one work step. With this configuration the continuous control of contents and cover per barcode is shown. All units involved use the same barcode system in order to make sure that the product is compiled and produced correctly.

The systems consists of a Hunkeler UW6-unwinding module, the following cross cutter CS6-I and the directly connected Heidelberg Inline folder Stahlfolder TH 56, folding the sheets and transferring them as collected pile to an ATS bundler FAB A 820. By means of the barcode it is ensured that every set has been collated completely in the bundler. Afterwards the folded signatures are brought together with the cover on the latest Müller Martini perfect binder and bound to a completed brochure. The Müller Martini perfect binder represents a world premiere which is shown to the trade experts at the Hunkeler Innovation Days for the first time. Here, the barcode ensures as well that cover and contents fit together. The final three-side trim is done automatically in the POLAR three-side trimmer BC-330, where the production barcode is read again.


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