Horizon to show new finishing options

Horizon will show off three new products at Drupa 2016, among the 24 working systems that it’s bringing to the show.

These include a new PUR binder, the BQ-480, a four clamp variable perfect binder. This can produce up to 800 books of variable thickness per hour. It has a movable, colour touchscreen and a high level of automation with features such as adjustments for roller height, nipping height, and amount of side glue. All of these setting are set automatically according to book thickness for easy setup. It also includes a gentle elevator delivery system with a mere 5mm drop for gentle book handlings.

There’s also a new buckle folder, the AFV-566T6F. This offers automated setup and operation, including scoring navigation that can be done automatically through the touchscreen panel, automatic double-sheet detection to minimize waste as well as improved registration through the use of a vacuum belt and easier sheet loading, plus relatively quiet operation at less than 80db. There’s an option for dynamic folding to change the fold pattern on-the-fly for variable signatures with minimal or no blank sheets.

Horizon has also developed an intelligent feed system for booklet making that enables combining of digital printed sheets with offset printed sheets picked from selected bins. This relies on a barcode on the digital printed sheet that is read at the digital feeder. It also includes the pickup information for the collator bins, which is sent to the collator through the intelligent feed system to mix the digital and offset print sheets. The set is then converted to a booklet at the SPF-200A bookletmaking system. Horizon claims that the system is suitable for high volume variable applications.


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