PRINT 13, Chicago, McCormick Place - C.P. Bourg, the world's leading developer and supplier of on-demand document binding and finishing equipment, today announced the first in-line booklet making system available for HP Indigo digital presses.
This industry-first production finishing solution, called the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress™ (BM-e ExPress), was developed by C.P. Bourg in collaboration with HP to offer fully integrated digital finishing capabilities to users of HP Indigo 7000-Series Digital Presses.
The world debut of the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress will take place at PRINT 13 in the HP booth, #1241, where it will be presented operating with an HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press.
The Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress is aimed at the expansive high-quality, full-color booklet-making segment of the stitch-fold-trim finishing market in digital on-demand and web-to-print production environments. The robust in-line booklet maker is able to operate "24/7" at the full-rated speed of the HP Indigo 7000 Series Digital Press to which it is connected.
Because the booklet maker is fully integrated, automated and synchronized with the HP Indigo Press, it can produce even ultra-short-run jobs quickly and with superb quality, without operator intervention.
"The new Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress reflects the full measure of C.P. Bourg's experience as the pioneer and leader in digital in-line finishing and our dedication to providing print professionals with products of the highest quality, innovation and efficiency," remarked Christian P. Bourg, President and Founder, C.P. Bourg Group. "We are pleased to collaborate with HP on this significant product development, and we plan to build upon our successful history with HP through our continued introduction of innovative solutions."
'A new world of possibilities'
According to Robert Raus, Americas category manager, HP SmartStream Workflow and Solution Partner Program, the new Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress opens the door to a new world of print finishing possibilities for HP Indigo users.
"Our customers are constantly looking to expand their range of capabilities to remain competitive in the marketplace," said Raus. "Whether producing marketing materials on a wide range of substrates, short-run books, or promotional materials, the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress provides HP Indigo 7000 Series Digital Press users with a level of finishing quality and productivity that is difficult to match."
The Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress is based on the award-winning Bourg BM-e Booklet Maker and Bourg BCM-e Bleed Crease Module engineered to operate seamlessly with the right-to-left paper path and duplex 2-up format of HP Indigo 7000 Series Digital Presses.
The Bourg BM-e combines a variety of unique features and innovations to produce booklets, flyers, calendars and other finished products with unparalleled quality while improving finishing speed, efficiency and flexibility. These features include a totally visible straight paper path; variable-pressure paper folding designed to prevent marking, scuffing or scratching; precision face trimming to within 1/256th of an inch (0.999 mm); misfeed detection and job purge, among others.
The optional Bourg BCM-e can register and trim printed sheets top and bottom to produce full-bleed A4 and letter size booklets. Cover sheets and content pages can be precision-creased at full production speed to produce quality finished documents with folds, trims and stitches that maximize the visual power and color integrity of every press sheet.
The new Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress has passed rigorous testing to ensure conformance to HP Indigo 7000 Series printing metrics. These tests confirm that the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress can transport and finish high-value end products finished on coated and uncoated stock from 80 gsm to 350 gsm without marking, scuffing or tracking -- even when printed at ink densities up to 400% black.
First customer looks beyond web-to-print
The first print shop worldwide to order the new Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress is Onlineprinters, a high-growth, 430-employee online print service provider based in Neustadt, Bavaria, Germany, serving more than 250,000 customers in over 30 European countries.
The company's CEO, Walter Meyer, describes Onlineprinters as specialists in producing short- and medium-run jobs on demand.
"Every customer wants fast turnaround," he says, "so to compete effectively across our market, we need to deliver finished jobs of the highest quality within hours of receipt -- no matter how demanding the printing and finishing specifications may be.
"Until now, we had to pause for rush print jobs to complete printing, or wait for a full stack of jobs to accumulate if we wanted to finish jobs efficiently. With the in-line Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress on our HP Indigo 7600, we will be able to start the finishing process immediately, and handle even ultra-short-run jobs with 'Bourg quality,' in less time and with less stress!" Mr. Meyer explains. "For us, the availability of C.P. Bourg in-line booklet-making for the HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press is huge!"
Distribution and service worldwide
In the United States, the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress will be sold and serviced by xpedx via a reference sales model with the HP Indigo sales force. This model will enable xpedx and selected Bourg dealers to sell and service the new solution. xpedx, one of the largest business-to-business distribution companies in North America, distributes a wide variety of printing, packaging, and facility supplies and equipment to printers, manufacturers, retailers and commercial facilities.
"xpedx looks forward to adding C.P. Bourg's new in-line booklet-making capability for the HP Indigo 7000 Series Digital Presses to our diverse offering of products available for the U.S. graphic arts marketplace," said Dennis Killion, xpedx Director of Marketing-Graphics.
Outside North America, the Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress is being sold and serviced through a growing number of HP channel partners and C.P. Bourg's international distribution network.
Live Demonstrations at PRINT 13
At PRINT 13, the new in-line booklet-making system will be connected as a fully integrated system in-line with an HP Indigo 7600 Digital Press producing documents that demand exceptional finishing quality. These jobs include a full-color multi-page photo book, and a "401K" retirement plan application.
The demonstrations will take place in the HP booth, #1241.