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Standard Finishing Systems Announces Print 05 Highlights

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(Andover, Massachusetts) -- Standard Finishing Systems and Horizon International will announce several significant new products at Print 05 (September 9-15, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois), and roll-out a comprehensive JDF-driven bindery control system -- dubbed i2i – by demonstrating broad interoperability with a slate of industry-leading partners from the MIS, pre-press, and press arenas. “The bindery is the last frontier of the digital print production workflow” says Standard Finishing Systems Managing Director David Reny. “So it offers printers some of the highest potential for additional labor savings and productivity gains. We’ll be showing solutions that leverage the full power of JDF across the bindery.” Print 05 will also be the world premier for the new Standard Horizon BQ-470 fully-automated four-clamp perfect binder, the latest in an expanding line of products that draw on Horizon’s core competence in finishing automation. The BQ-470 binder’s 10.4” LCD touchscreen is used to provide servomotor-controlled automation to the professional quality mid-range binding market for the first time. The BQ-470 can bind books up to 2.5” thick, and optional interchangeable glue tanks support both EVA and PUR adhesives to meet varying customer requirements. The Standard Horizon AFC-544FKT floor-model folder will also be shown for the first time, bringing folder automation to new heights with fully automated gap settings. This folder has been designed to serve the graphic arts and digital print markets, with ultra-quick changeovers and the ability to handle sensitive digitally-imaged sheets without marking, enabled by specially-formulated combination roller and scoring systems. This rounds-out the automated Horizon folder line-up, which now includes continuous-feed, pallet-feed, and band wrapping options, and touch-screen automation for sheet sizes up to 29 by 51 inches. Workflow automation will be the centerpiece attraction, with a Bindery Automation Theater featuring live production demonstrations organized in partnership with print industry leaders EFI, Hiflex, Kodak, Komori, Ryobi, and Screen, to show real-world interoperability and benefits. Visitors will see saddlestitching and perfect binding jobs flow from creation to finishing in fully-integrated JDF-driven workflows that deliver real cost savings. When these jobs enter the bindery, they’ll be managed by the Horizon i2i Bindery Control System. The i2i system will use JDF data to drive automated set-ups and capture production data on over sixteen different Standard Horizon folding, cutting, perfect binding, collating, bookletmaking, and saddlestitching solutions located throughout the booth. Standard will also be a focal point for the CIP4-sponsored Post Press Interoperability Trail, which directs visitors to leading suppliers providing JDF-enabled graphic arts solutions. A comprehensive portfolio of Standard Hunkeler unwinding, rewinding, cutting, merging, stacking and die-cutting solutions will also be displayed in partnership with leading continuous-feed digital print suppliers throughout the halls, including HP, IBM, Nipson, Oce, and Xerox. On the Standard booth, the Hunkeler CS4W rotary cutting system will cut a continuous lightweight web into sheets that will be folded in-line into 16-page signatures for near-line perfect binding. The same production line will support a transactional application using the automated, UP3I-enabled Hunkeler FS4 spiral folder. In the digital color print arena, Standard and Xerox will each show the new Standard Horizon ColorWorks 8000 Bookletmaker for the Xerox DocuColor 7000 and 8000 digital color presses. The ColorWorks is an all-in-one in-line finisher that performs bleed trimming, multiple scoring, stitching, folding, face-trimming and stacking in a compact, user-friendly design. The new Standard Horizon HCM Hardcover System will also be shown for the first time, bringing ultra-short-run hardcover book production to print-on-demand environments. The system allows hardcover books to be produced with more automation and less operator skill than ever before, with a professional quality that is equivalent to the look-and-feel of a commercially case-bound book. Print 05 marks the largest-ever exhibit of Standard Horizon and Standard Hunkeler feeding and finishing solutions in North America. Standard will have over 8,000 square feet devoted to state-of-the-art solutions. JDF interoperability will be demonstrated together with six industry-leading MIS, pre-press, and press companies, and further feeding and finishing equipment will be shown at five digital print partner stands. Attendees are invited to see a virtual preview of the Standard Finishing Systems booth, and to pre-register for the Standard VIP program -- which lets visitors schedule private equipment demonstrations tailored to their application requirements -- by visiting www.sdmc.com/print05virtual.