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Diversification of the Print Shop

At OnDemand Expo, print providers move toward a blended workflow.


By Stephen Beals

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On the finishing side of things, Oce (www.oceusa.com) and Muller Martini (www.mullermartini.com) partnered at the show to create a demonstration of digital book manufacturing featuring Muller Martini’s SigmaLine OnDemand technology coupled with Oce’s VarioStream continuous-feed printing system. The result of the partnership: a complete in-line book printing and finishing system. The Oce VarioStream 7000 series continuous-feed duplex printers were shown feeding an Ibis Smartbinder saddle stitcher as one option, and a Muller Martini SigmaBinder perfect binder via a Shuttleworth conveyor as another.

The in-line system shown can also be run in a near-line configuration. "For example, when saddle-stitched products are being produced in-line, you can simultaneously hand-feed the measuring station of the SigmaBinder with book blocks," says Andrew J. Fetherman, manager of Muller Martini's OnDemand Solutions Division. "This allows you to reap the benefits of in-line efficiencies when the complete line is running, while always having the added advantage of near-line capabilities when you need it."

Muller Martini’s SigmaBinder produces perfect-bound books at up to 1000 fully variable-sized copies per hour, with hotmelt utilized for separate spine and side gluing. SigmaTower ensures proper cooling of perfect-bound books and optimal curing of the adhesives. SigmaTrimmer utilizes a new, patented swing-cut principle with three independently driven knife elements, automatically trimming books of varying sizes and thickness.

In addition to perfect binding and trimming, these products also offer the capability for continuous-feed printing, folding, and collating.

Another example of the OnDemand show’s growing interest in finishing could be seen at the GBC (www.gbc.com) booth as well as its partner booths.

In the Ricoh Americas Corporation booth, for instance, GBC’s StreamPunch III was running with various Aficio devices. These solutions provide in-line printing, punching, and collating. The finished documents were then bound with GBC’s ProClick Pronto, which uses a spine that opens easily for removing and adding pages to bound documents.

In GBC’s own booth, meanwhile, the Professional Punch-A1 could be seen running on the Canon imageRunner 7105 multifunction monochrome printer. This system punches at speeds up to 105 ppm. Jobs are submitted from the desktop or graphical user interface to create ready-to-bind documents.

And GBC’s SmartPunch was shown in the Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America booth. This on-line punch accessory works with the Sharp MX-M850, MX-M950, and MX-M1100 and features job submission from desktop or MFP, job recovery, and punching at the rated speed of the printer, up to 110 pages per minute.

GBC, CP Bourg, and Xerox Corporation teamed up to create an end-to-end workflow for finished perfect-bound books on-demand in the CP Bourg booth. The color book covers were printed on a Xerox DocuColor 8000 Digital Press, then laminated on the GBC Delta laminator with GBC Digital Lay-Flat Film. Laminated covers were fed through a CP Bourg BBF 2005 Perfect Binder and married to the book block output from the Xerox DocuTech 180 Highlight Color printer. The inline Xerox Manual & Book Factory with a Challenge CMT330 Digital 3-Knife Trimmer created finished and trimmed perfect bound books ready to be packed and shipped.

HP (www.hp.com) had everything from wide-format inkjet devices to Indigo Digital presses and workflow demonstrations going on in its booth. Demo stations in the prepress section include HP Indigo production manager and HP Indigo Production Stream Server powered by Creo Print on Demand solutions.

HP Indigo partners demonstrated live solutions for Press-sense, Ultimate, Agfa, ApogeeX, Heidelberg, Mindfire, Prinect, Printable, Pageflex, and GMC, as well as HP’s Yours Truly Designer. Duplo, Olec, and Morgana were also present demonstrating firsthand their finishing capabilities in conjunction with the Indigo output.

SeeFile (www.seefile.com), the software developer concentrating on digital asset management, file delivery, and collaboration through Web-based tools released version 3.0 of SeeFile, which was reported on in our June issue (see pg. 14). Enhancements include: integrated workflow combining Web uploads, hotfolder PDF processing, Web PDF proofs; compatibility with EnFocus PitStop Server 4.0 and PitStop Automate 1.0; a range of advanced functions including side-by-side image comparisons, onscreen annotations, and color-coded collections for each user; and more.


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