Tecnau, which sells paper handling systems, and Smyth, best known for developing book finishing systems, have formed a partnership to produce a folding and sewing system for digitally printed books and catalogs.
The solution unwinds, cut and stacks 4-page and 8-page printed signatures. These are then folded and accumulated to form larger signatures which are then sewn together. The input consists of a Tecnau Unwinder u10 and a Cutter TC 7000 HS and can handle variable page lengths, and with a feeding capacity up to 600 signatures per minute, totally automated without any operator intervention. The Cutter is said to feature a precise dynamic cutting system to allow instant speed changes and stoppages, simplifying the book-block separation process during sewing.
This is matched to a Smyth DX-70 PLUS, with the folding system with (2) parallel pockets followed by the collating station. This allows for the production of multiple 16-page signatures printed on a single sheet, effectively reducing costs and production time while minimizing operator intervention.
Stefano De Marco, sales manager at Tecnau, commented: “Roll input maximizes digital print production, guaranteeing high volumes, reduced costs and an always increasing print quality that well matches the finishing quality of the sewn books.”