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At Print '05, Muller Martini to feature SigmaLine, world's first totally modular OnDemand solution

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Hauppauge, New York – Muller Martini's SigmaLine technology...the world's first commercial-quality, totally modular, OnDemand digital book manufacturing solution...is as versatile as it is innovative, meeting a broad range of market needs and bringing diverse printing and finishing to shops of all sizes. In fact, the SigmaLine concept is so uniquely innovative, it was recently named winner of a prestigious 2005 GATF InterTech Technology Award. The SigmaLine system of modular and scaleable digital OnDemand components enables printers, binderies, inhouse operations and many other businesses to complement their existing book manufacturing capabilities by adding greater efficiency and diversity to individual areas of their operations...or, they can implement a whole new strategy by creating an entire OnDemand platform. During Print '05 (September 9-15, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois), Muller Martini will be partnering with two other leaders in the graphic arts industry to display SigmaLine's highly agile configuration possibilities. Show visitors are invited to see various components of the SigmaLine OnDemand solution demonstrated in-line with continuous feed digital print engines live at the Xerox booth (#1228, McCormick Place South Building) and at the Nipson booth (#12049, McCormick Place North Building, Level 1). In addition, by visiting the Muller Martini booth (#4018, McCormick Place South Building) show attendees can discuss with Muller Martini OnDemand experts how SigmaLine can enhance productivity, efficiency and profitability according to specific operational requirements. “SigmaLine is the flexible digital finishing solution designed to meet the current and future needs of the OnDemand marketplace,” says Werner Naegeli, President and CEO of Muller Martini Corp. “With SigmaLine, the options for the system configuration are up to the user...however, no matter which SigmaLine technologies are utilized, the result is the ultimate in fast, cost-effective throughput.” SigmaLine consists of eight state-of-the-art modular components that are designed to be mixed and matched independently of one another or coordinated altogether as an entire digital OnDemand system. The full SigmaLine configuration includes the following: SigmaPress is totally integrated within the SigmaLine system, providing continuous-feed operation and printing each job in a single pass. SigmaFolder is a commercial-grade folder that produces signatures with extremely high accuracy. SigmaCollator gathers the folded signatures and instantly delivers them to the SigmaBinder for finishing. SigmaBinder produces perfect-bound books at up to 1,000 fully variable-sized copies per hour, with hotmelt utilized for separate spine and side gluing. SigmaTower ensures proper cooling of perfect bound books and optimal curing of the adhesive. SigmaTrimmer utilizes a patented principle with three independently driven knife elements, automatically trimming books of varying sizes and thicknesses. SigmaStitcher produces up to 6,000 saddle-stitched products per hour and features fully automatic makeready. And SigmaControl utilizes a JDF/JMF interface to combine and coordinate all functions of the printing and binding process...including job reporting, product tracking, and management information that provides critical job status while allowing for automated format and job changes. Utilizing the scaleable and highly flexible SigmaLine, printers and binders can complement their existing capabilities by mixing and matching one or more SigmaLine components as needs grow. For instance, they can add a SigmaBinder in a near-line configuration and then add a SigmaTower along with a SigmaTrimmer as production increases. Or, SigmaLine can be installed as an entire end-to-end, fully coordinated OnDemand platform, where digital files and paper go in one end...and printed, bound product comes out the other. Besides its modular advantages, SigmaLine delivers several other important benefits. With SigmaLine, there's no manual makeready and changeovers are amazingly fast. Workflow is optimized with the highest degree of automation throughout each piece of equipment. As a result, small runs are economically feasible, and, almost no deadline is impossible to meet. Furthermore, customized and target-specific short run pieces can be produced very cost-effectively. SigmaLine OnDemand technology is also well-suited for a wide array of products, including books, catalogs, manuals, financial documents, journals, brochures, guides, and many others. Visitors to Print '05 are urged to stop by the Muller Martini exhibit (booth #4018, McCormick Place South Building) to learn more about GATF InterTech Award-winning SigmaLine. Show visitors are also invited to see SigmaLine in action at the Xerox booth (#1228, McCormick Place South Building) and at the Nipson booth (#12049, McCormick Place North Building, Level 1). Print '05 is the world's largest exhibition of equipment, supplies and services for commercial printing, package printing and converting. Print '05 takes place September 9-15, 2005 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.