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Lasermax announces in-line page finishing for Indigo Digital Presses

Press release from the issuing company

Burlington, MA – Lasermax Roll Systems announces new solutions for the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press and HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press. PageReady, a fully automatic cutter/slitter/merger/stacker and the FinishReady Controller, a central interface that integrates HP Indigo presses with in-line and near-line finishing solutions. At IPEX, two PageReady systems are being demonstrated in the HP stand (Hall 12, AB150) operating in-line with the new HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press. One system is cutting, trimming, collating, and stacking pages of various print jobs on a conveyor. The second system is also trimming full press sheets in-line; additionally it is feeding pages to an IBIS stitcher to create finished booklets.

Lasermax Roll's PageReady system is capable of operating at full press speed in-line or near-line with the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press and HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press. It fully automates the process of cutting, trimming, collating, and stacking, to convert multiple image press sheets into smaller professionally finished pages without the demand for guillotine cutters. Pages are stacked with offsets for easy job separations and delivered nonstop to a conveyor table making it an ideal solution for the efficient production of postcards, direct mail, brochures, photo books, greeting cards, calendars, and more.

"This is truly a revolutionary system for the graphic arts market. PageReady will enable our customers to realize numerous benefits through automation in their finishing process," says Bill Carroll, President & CEO of Lasermax Roll Systems.  PageReady reduces manual print handling and consolidates several labor?intensive finishing operations into a single, efficient process. The system is JDF?enabled to employ fully automatic job setups, and facilitates virtually unattended operation with no operator intervention required between jobs. New settings are precisely automated via JDF, eliminating make?ready waste and potential human errors. PageReady adjusts in seconds to new sheet sizes and job impositions without any interruption to the digital press, guaranteeing continuous operation. What's more, batching of similar jobs becomes unnecessary which dramatically reduces the complexity of workflows and increases job flexibility of production on tight deadlines.

"HP provides customers the flexibility and productivity they need to produce a great variety of jobs with the solutions that Lasermax Roll Systems is announcing at Ipex," said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. "As a member of HP's Graphics Solutions Partner program, Lasermax Roll Systems is offering solutions that can take finishing to the next level in the digital production space."

The fully modular finishing architecture will be shown with the HP Indigo 7500 and additional finishing equipment, including the Duplo/IBIS Alpha Saddle heavy-duty saddle stitcher and GMP's inline COATMASTER-IN3752UV for UV coating.

Along with PageReady, Lasermax Roll Systems has collaborated with HP to develop its FinishReady Controller to facilitate the automatic set-up, control and monitoring of finishing systems. This central interface manages and tracks the status of every job through each finishing step confirming absolute document integrity. Lasermax Roll Systems' FinishReady Controller collects information from a single JDF job ticket to set up and manage PageReady and other configured finishing devices to operate in close harmony with the digital press.

"The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press is now integrally bridged with both in?line and near?line finishing process via the FinishReady Controller," said Carroll. "This brings unprecedented control to our customers' workflows resulting in faster turnaround times, improved quality, and consequently lower overall production costs."

The PageReady system and FinishReady Controller are scheduled to be available in January 2011.