The booklet making solution, known as the Production Digital Colour Finisher (PDC Finisher), produces full bleed trimmed booklets ready for delivery in one pass off an HP Indigo sheet-fed digital press. It consists of a feeding station with two feed trays, a slitting, cutting and creasing module, a booklet maker and face trimmer.
Dominic Quennell, Duplo Corporation vice president of global marketing, says, “Through our products and services, we are committed to increasing productivity in the finishing environment of production digital colour printing. Working with the HP Indigo presses, the PDC Finisher incorporates a closed-loop workflow to create an effective and efficient near- line finishing process.”
Duplo says the new booklet maker provides three distinct productivity advantages over current off-line solutions:
– Efficiently finishes any size run of booklets automatically, including those with variable sheet counts from booklet to booklet. This assures that every electronically collated set from an HP Indigo digital press is finished exactly as intended.
– Verifies job completion by detecting the presence of individual sheets while finishing and automatically stops and alerts the operator if any single sheet is missing or oriented incorrectly.
– Verifies product integrity of variable data finished booklets by tracking each finished set. This unique feature automates a critical step in the production of variable data print projects, assuring that each individual job is accounted for and that it contains the intended page count and individualized contents – even when each page is unique.
Eli Israeli, HP Indigo division product marketing manager, says “Automating the finishing process based on the emerging JDF standard is becoming an increasingly important focus of the digital publishing industry. To meet this need, HP is working with Duplo to provide customers with an end-to-end solution that is compatible with our line of HP Indigo digital presses that automates the finishing process from job submission to finished product.”
Electronically collated jobs printed on the HP Indigo sheet-fed digital presses are loaded into the feeder and then the sheets are fed in sequence through the slitting, cutting and creasing module to the booklet maker. The sheets are immediately side slit and creased, which eliminates the problem of cracking on the fold line. The feeding sequence can be determined either by simple sheet count, by OMR marks or barcodes printed on the sheets. The feeding sequence provides full sheet and set integrity, which enables a closed-loop workflow.
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