All's well that ends well

The finishing touches to a print product - folding, collating, stitching, and binding - are applied in postpress

Heidelberg, (PresseBox) - It is here that the final quality, the delivery time, and - ultimately - the cost-efficiency of the entire job are determined. This is why an increasing number of print shops are expanding their in-house postpress operations so as to ensure fast and flexible delivery for their customers. Heidelberg Postpress Commercial offers a range of postpress equipment that delivers maximum productivity for industrial and lean production. New saddlestitcher Stitchmaster ST 200 Compact and ST 500 in practice (Video).

The new Stitchmaster ST 200 Compact operates at a speed of 11,000 cycles per hour and provides a cost-effective gateway to saddlestitching and the professional production of stitched brochures with a final format of up to A3. The makeready assistant is extremely easy to use and cuts makeready times. Thanks to optional automation components, the saddlestitcher can be customized to meet individual requirements. Novaconcept Schorsch GmbH in Kulmbach, Germany is the first print shop to field test the new Stitchmaster ST 200 Compact. The saddlestitcher is now fully integrated into the company's day-to-day production operations.

And the world's first Stitchmaster ST 500 saddlestitcher is in operation at Pruskil in Gaimersheim near Ingolstadt, Germany. The machine operates at 13,000 cycles per hour and impressed during the field test phase with its fast makeready times, excellent flexibility, and high productivity.

Innovations have also been introduced for the folding machines - the new generation of Stahlfolder TX/KX folding machines work with the PFX pallet feeder, which functions like a press feeder and is therefore designed for high throughput. The Aumüller print shop in Regensburg, Germany works with two Stahlfolder TX 82 machines, which have improved the company's productivity by over 40 percent. Stahlfolder TX 82 folding system for maximum productivity (Video only available in German, English version is coming soon). The bottleneck in postpress has finally been eliminated.

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