Tecnau and Smyth are launching a new partnership to produce a folding and sewing system with feeding from a continuous roll for digitally printed books and catalogues.
The solution unwinds, cuts and stacks four page and eight page printed signatures; these are subsequently folded and accumulated to form larger signatures which are then sewn together. Thanks to the Tecnau input channel, composed of an Unwinder u10 and a cutter TC 7000 HS, it is possible to process variable page lengths in total automation, without any operator intervention and with a feeding capacity up to 600 signatures per minute. The cutter is equipped with a very precise dynamic cutting system to allow instant speed changes and stoppages, simplifying the book block separation process during sewing.
The highly versatile system guarantees dramatic time and cost reductions during production while offering extreme ease of use, allowing the entire production process to be managed by a single operator.
‘Together we have created a fully integrated system for sewed book block production from a continuous feed at high speeds,’ commented Stefano De Marco, sales manager at Tecnau. ‘Roll input maximises digital print production, guaranteeing high volumes, reduced costs and an always increasing print quality that well matches the finishing quality of the sewn books.’
Sabrina Pronotto, CEO at Smyth, added: ‘This thoughtfully engineered solution can easily manage a wide array of applications from short to medium runs for book on demand production. It is an integrated process that combines extreme reliability and a very highly precise productivity.
Smyth’s DX-70 Plus, with the folding system with (2) parallel pockets followed by the collating station, also permits the production of multiple 16 page signatures (a unique feature) printed on a single sheet, effectively reducing costs and production time while minimising operator intervention.’