Watkiss has announced a new booklet maker, the PSQ160-WH, which is a hand fed version of the existing PowerSquare 160. It’s meant for short run digital work and can cope with various media sizes including longer sheets.
Watkiss has identified a growing demand for A4 landscape and other large format booklets, largely due to more digital presses now being able to print duplex on long sheets. It takes sheets from 200 x 200mm to 370 x 620mm, and from 60 to 400gsm. It produces finished booklets in a single pass in sizes ranging from 120 x 78mm to 370 x 305mm, which allows for the most popular book formats.
The PSQ160-WH is an ‘all-in-one’ booklet maker that also includes face trimming and square spine forming integral to the machine. As with the rest of the PowerSquare range, it produces SquareBack books that lie flat, stack easily and allow printing on the spine. The system uses in-process spine forming and automatic adjustment for book thickness, with auto folder mode, to optimise performance quality on thin and thick booklets.
It uses a zero-maintenance low impact stapling mechanism with moving clinches for flat, well-formed staples over the full range from 2 to 40 sheets. The adjustable staple pitch ensures the best staple position to suit the book size and extra high tensile staples ensure reliable performance on coated and thick papers. There’s an optional P2T Side Trimmer that trims the top and bottom of the book for full-bleed colour applications.
Paul Attew, sales director at Watkiss explains “The hand-feed PSQ160-WH is ideal for this type of application. It is a very practical solution for low volume digital printed jobs, where ease of set-up and flexible media sizes are important – and where you can be confident that book quality is never compromised”.
The PSQ160-WH is available immediately with further details from wakiss.com