12 September 2013
Standard premieres automated binding system
CHICAGO—Standard’s Smart Binding System made its world premiere at Print 13.

The continuous-feed digital print configuration produces short-run, variable books of different sizes and thicknesses from a roll.

Standard's new Smart Binding System on display at Print 13

To start, a Standard Hunkeler UW6 unspools a 20” pre-printed roll, which is cut into sheets by a Standard Hunkeler CS6-I rotary cutter and then folded to signatures by a Standard Horizon AF-566F.

Horizon’s new BBS-40 stacks and glues the signatures into book blocks which are then passed on to a Horizon SB-09V perfect binder. The newly-bound books are ushered by conveyor to an HT-1000V for variable, three-knife trimming.

According to a Standard spokesperson, the system can churn out 2000 books per hour of variable thickness and format. With no manual touch points, the release promises a leaner production model.

Other firsts

At Print 13, Standard introduced the Horizon BQ-280PUR perfect binder to North America. The machine is designed for digitally printed books, personalized photo books, small sample runs, and other short-run projects.
Also making its debut in North America was the Hunkeler Roll-to-Signature Book Block Solution, which produces glued book blocks from digital webs upwards of 30” wide, ready for binding. It can be used offline or inline with high-speed digital presses.
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