Post Press Developments

Bobst Masterfold and Mastercut  
Bobst says it has launched the world’s most productive folder-gluer and most highly automated and productive die-cutter. Both systems are available in Australia and New Zealand through Print & Pack. 
Print &Pack says the Bobst Masterfold offers users fast make readies, product quality and throughput. It says the  system can produce up to a million, perfectly folded and glued cartons, in a single shift. 
Bobst also says with running speeds of 700m/min the Masterfold is the fastest, most highly automated and most versatile folder-gluer currently available. It also says it is safe and easy to run with an open frame construction, integrated podium and built-in safety systems. 
Currie Group – Horizon SmartSlitter
The Horizon SmartSlitter is an all-in-one smart sheet processing system that can slit, gutter cut, edge trim, cross-cut, perforate, and crease all in one pass. 
Perforation and creasing can be performed in both horizontal and vertical directions in the same pass. Skip perforation feature can produce T- and L-perfs ideal for coupons, tickets, and business reply cards. 
The system can deliver multiple up greeting cards with or without creasing, table tents, invitations, and more with both matrix and rotary creasing. For accordion fold applications or perfect bound books, up and down creasing can also be performed in one pass. 
Standard size business cards can be printed 21-up on a sheet and processed to a receding stacker for easy handling. Print mark registration adjusts for digital print image shift from sheet to sheet. The colour touch screen features a simple user interface for easy operation including job set-up via barcode. 
There are a number of features that Horizon stresses, including the ability to run partial perforations both across and along the sheet to create tear out coupons for example. It can take a sheet to 670mm in length (370mm across), so coping with the increasing number of 6pp digital presses installed.
The sheet is fed on to a registration table and registered using conventional side and front lays. A camera reads a barcode to pull down information about the settings for that sheet. It can be a stand 1D, 2D or data matrix code. As the sheet moves forwards, an image shift is accounted for, moving both X and Y axis if necessary. It also registers to the previous action, a crease to the previous crease for example.
Access to the slitting, creasing and perforating models is through panels on the side of the machine. The cassettes slide out and back in rather than being lifted in and out of the machine. It is possible to replace blades rather than replacing the cassette itself.
There are three slitter modules, each with twin blades. This enables the SmartSlitter to remove the gutter between business cards as well as handling full bleed cards for example. Business cards are delivered into a special stacking module. Products are otherwise fed to a conveyor delivery.
There is a touch panel interface to set up jobs with the option of a Smart Connect module to both accept JDF jobs and deliver JMF data back to the workflow. The operator can store and retrieve settings for easy setup and job rerun. It can also accept a PDF file and use this to overlay the position of creases, cuts and folds and so on.

All in one: Horizon SmartSlitter
Cyber – Hohner  
Hohner has manufactured print finishing equipment in Germany for over 80 years and Australian supplier Cyber says Hohner’s range of saddlestitchers and digital finishing systems are testament to their experience and adaptability in a rapidly changing market.
There are three ranges available: the HSB 9000, the HSB 13000 and the Digifinisher.
Cyber – Perfecta 92 Premium 
The high-speed cutter Perfecta 92 Premium line is promoted as an entry into the small format guillotine sector with numerous options making it possible to perfectly customise it to your product.
Cyber says the unit is best suited for use on sheets of paper and board but can also cut films, foils, rubber, leather, sandpaper in piles or singles. Cyber says it has a user-friendly operation function and high safety standards. The unit is used worldwide so can be employed as a stand-alone or be integrated into other cutting systems.
Graffica Pty Ltd – Century Die Cutter, Folding Box Gluing Machines and cutting tables  
Century products are supplied in Australia by Graffica Pty Ltd and include a range of flat bed die cutters for carton board and corrugated from 800mm wide through to 2100mm. 
The larger 1650, 1850 and 2100 machines do not use gripper prongs so a wide variety of stock can be processed.
The Century machines are available in full auto and semi auto. The flagship machine has been installed in Melbourne at a large display company.
Graph-Pak – Thermotype Glue-Tech SA-1420 
Graph-Pak says this sheet to sheet gluer is one of the latest finishing machines it has released in Australia. The company says it provides customers with an efficient and cost-effective method of producing thick printed products.
To illustrate this Graph-Pak’s Tom Ralph says the Thermotype Glue-Tech SA-1420 could be used to produce premium value 36pt business cards, which are constructed by two 18pt sheets being printed and then glued together back to back.
Graph-Pak says features include touch screen control, 32cmx45cm maximum sheet size, offset style air feeder and full length registration table for the bottom sheets. It also has precise glue application, accurate registration between the top and bottom sheets, top and bottom sheet sensors, glue level sensor and pump, vacuum clean and a throughput of up to 1500 glued sets per hour.
Ralph has done the numbers on running the Glue-Tech and says based on using original paper to paper glue it costs around four cents per 32x45cm sheet to produce. This figure rises by  about 50 per cent when gluing magnetic sheets to paper, lenticular to paper and paper to micro flute board, he said.
Overall, Ralph says the Glue-Tech provides maximum flexibility with type and thickness of the materials being glued.
Ralph says every one of his customers that have switched to the Glue-Tech from using cohesive papers had been manually collating the sheets before bonding them in a press or on a guillotine.
He says the Glue-Tech SA-1420 had enabled this labour process to be eliminated.
“The cost of hand feeding the top sheet must be considered against the very dramatic difference in cost between gluing on the Glue-Tech and cohesive papers not to mention the fact that gluing offers more sheet size, colour and type flexibility,” Ralph says.
Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P    
Heidelberg says print service providers that opt for the new generation Stahlfolder TH/KH 82P folding machine will be able to boost their productivity by up to 50 per cent. Heidelberg launched the new models at drupa 2016 with the P standing for productivity, performance and reliability. 
The series is aimed at industrialised commercial printers with peak performance machines from the Speedmaster XL series of book binders with an annual production of more than 40m sheets.
Koenig & Bauer Iberica  
The I-Press series is the new generation of high technology presses made by  Koenig & Bauer Iberica. The company says the unit is built to Iberica’s high exacting standards, using original production processes developed in Barcelona, ensuring long life and high productivity.
The company says the series can be equipped with the new OPMR (Optical Print Mark Register) for the front and side-lays registration. It adds a fully automatic non-stop feeder and a full logistics system completely removes manual handling of incoming and outgoing piles.
Koenig & Bauer Iberica says the versatility of the series also makes it possible to die-cut several substrate types including paper, plastic, board and corrugated material.
Konica Minolta – MGI Jetvarnish 3D    
Konica Minolta says it partnered with MGI Digital Technology to offer modular inkjet finishing solutions for digital varnishing and foiling embellishment to complement its high speed B2 UV inkjet and label presses. Konica Minolta says the MGI JetVarnish 3D range delivers vibrant print, advanced functionality and enables clients to add value to print jobs and differentiate themselves in the market.
Konica Minolta says the MGI range can embellish toner, inkjet and offset prints on a range of media and laminates with high productivity, accuracy and outstanding flexibility. It also features Konica Minolta’s renowned print heads, Sensing Technologies and Artificial Intelligence SmartScanner (AIS), which Konica Minolta says is the world’s first “intelligent registration” system. It says the AIS scans and analyses each piece and adjusts inkjet head performance to optimise and correct any imperfections like stretch, skew and shrink, in real-time.
The range includes the JETvarnish 3D Evolution which suits B1+ formats and features a 2D/3D spot UV coater with inline hot foiling offering digital and offset printers a scalable upgrade path for a full range of production environments and postpress applications. The Evolution is said to deliver high-volume productivity of up to 4,200 ISO B2 sheets per hour. Its 8-up format (up to 75x120cm) delivers dynamic performance for the most demanding applications in fast growing markets, including packaging.
Also included is the JETvarnish 3D Web which Konica Minolta says allows label printers to go digital for spot UV coating and embossed hot foiling without dies, screens or tooling on narrow webs up to 420mm. It is designed for 2D flat/3D embossed spot coating over flexo, offset or digital web-fed printed output.
Hot foiling can be added with metallic and coloured foils to further embellish label designs to create eye-catching sensory enhancements and tactile sensations that Konica Minolta says brand owners are seeking to distinguish themselves from the competition.
The JETvarnish 3DS and iFOIL S, spot UV coating and hot foiling solution, was exclusively designed and manufactured by MGI Digital Technology for Konica Minolta.
Konica Minolta says the new varnish formula when combined with Konica Minolta print heads creates a 3D effect on laminated surfaces or on toner directly.
The variable data option adds full personalisation capabilities for a maximum one-to-one marketing impact.

Vibrant print: MGI JetVarnish 3D
Muller Martini Vareo 
Muller Martini says the Vareo is the ideal perfect binder for print finishing specialists and printing plants that use conventional printing modes or are engaged in digital printing.
The three-clamp perfect binder with a mechanical performance of up to 1,350 cycles per hour provides maximum flexibility for medium, short or ultrashort runs. Muller Martini describes the Vareo as an all rounder for high quality results, regardless of whether the books, magazines or brochures were printed offset or digital.
NeoPost – Duplo DDC-810  
Supplied by Neopost, the Duplo DDC-810 Digital Spot UV Coater offers printers the capability to enhance images with a layer of texture and depth. 
Using inkjet technology together with an ultra-violet lamp to instantly cure the UV varnish, the DDC-810 applies a gloss finish to defined areas of the substrate giving them more impact and appeal.
A CCD camera, which automatically corrects for shrinkage, stretch and skew, along with registration marks ensures the accurate and precise alignment of the spot UV image onto the printed document. 
Equipped with Duplo’s air suction feed system, the DDC-810 can process up to 21 ppm (ledger size) and 36 ppm (letter size). 
The unit features a dust roller, metal hydride lamp, ultrasonic double feed detection, fully automated head cleaning purge, and detection sensors for miss-feeds, ink attached, ink near empty, ink disposal tank full, cover open/closed, jam before and after UV lamp, and feed empty. 
It is easy to set up and operate, the DDC-810 is ideal for short to medium digital and offset medium jobs. 
As printing methods become more varied, there is growing demand for binding with coated and digitally printed sheets.
EVA hotmelt glue has difficulty binding coated stock firmly, and does not currently provide good spine flexibility and lay-back qualities. However, PUR hotmelt glue can provide adequate binding strength and a lay-flat quality for both offset and digital print on a wide range of paper stocks. It is sold through Neopost.
Renz – Plockmatic System VF2000S 
Renz says a flexible solution for booklet production is a must for all digital printers in today’s demanding print environment. The company adds there is often a need to merge jobs from more than one digital device or to add colour, laminated or coated covers to finish a booklet.
With that in mind Renz says the Plockmatic System VF2000S, the latest entrant in its finishing portfolio, features a high capacity dual bin vacuum feeder which offers a flexible solution for a range of booklet types and sizes. Renz says the system is fed by the VF602 vacuum feeder with a loading capacity of 270mm per bin.
Four stitching heads deliver up to 50,000 heavy duty stitches per wire spool and a user-friendly touch-screen control panel allows easy set up and size change, Renz adds, while a fore-edge trimmer gives a clean finish.
Seriously Digital – Uchida AeroCut range  
Seriously Digital, located in the Melbourne suburb of Carrum Downs, offers the Uchida AeroCut range in Australia. Seriously Digital director Marc Schmitz says he is a big fan of the range having been involved with the Japanese designed and built brand for many years.
The range comprises three different machines – AeroCut Nano Plus, AeroCut One and AeroCut Prime.
Schmitz says these products shine due to their sturdy build, ease of use and continued reliability day after day, adding the AeroCut Nano Plus card slitter has an easy to operate touch screen, interchangeable ‘instabars’ for width change and can cut 126 business cards per minute.
Schmitz says the AeroCut One can cut, slit and crease sheets up to 400gsm and 370x680mm in size, adding that set up and operation is very easy via the four inch touch screen with 150 job memory. Schmitz says users have described the creasing unit as the best they have ever worked with. The creasing depth is manually adjusted in five steps.
Optional extras on this piece of equipment are the perforation unit, bar code reader and an Adobe Suite Plugin Kit.
Schmitz says the AeroCut Prime is at the top of the range in the series and has many optional extras that make it a true digital finishing solution, adding it is also the fastest.
The Prime comes with a seven inch touch screen with cross perforation, skip perforation, belt conveyor delivery, bar code reader and a plugin software package for Adobe Creative Suite and Schmitz says with these products digital print output has never been easier.
Trimatt Foldline 9000  
Trimatt Systems says the Trimatt Foldline 9000 offers the latest in integrated media packaging through a print finishing system that means printers can add value without having to double or triple handle their clients’ products. 
Trimatt Systems says the Foldline 9000 can produce compelling, creative packages that drive revenue and build customer loyalty at a speed of 18,000 products per hour. The machine is ideal for financial, retail, bindery/fulfilment, magnet, self-mailers, gift card and greeting card applications, Trimatt Systems says.
It also says the versatile modular nature of the equipment means it can be configured specifically to your needs and can be added with extra features in the future if need be. 
WRH Global Australia – Matrix 
WRH Global Australia has partnered with JoinPack to bring the Matrix range of automatic strapping technology to Australia and New Zealand.
WRH Global Australia says Joinpack has developed a single core infrastructure with specialised components to perform universal functions across the graphics, corrugated, packaging, timber, brick and agricultural industries.
The range includes a variety of speeds, arch sizes and strap widths.











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