19 February 2012 Commercial

Duplo produces saddle stitcher with short runs in mind

Duplo has produced a short run saddle stitcher with some unique features, a match for the opening of its new HQ

The DBMi combines tried and tested technology with a new stitching module

The DBMi combines tried and tested technology with a new stitching module

DUPLO IS LAUNCHING A SADDLE STITCHER CAPABLE OF A4 landscape products, but this is not the long-awaited Alphasaddle. The new machine is the DBMi, designed to sit above the System 5000 bookletmaker and below the Alphasaddle, whose full commercial launch is expected this year.

The DBMi is featured as part of Duplo International’s showroom in Automated Precision House, its new headquarters building in Addlestone, Surrey. The building was opened officially last week by Duplo Corporation president Tokio Sakamoto. The two and a half acre site includes the showroom, offices for both Duplo International and Duplo UK, training and spares. It will also offer a new refurbishment service to rebuild machines taken in part exchange from customers.

IT IS THE DBMi THAT WILL PULL THE VISITORS to the operation during a month long open house to mark the move. It is designed as an entry level stitcher to meet requirements from users that have outgrown their booklet markets. The A4 landscape function was something requested by 80% of UK printers surveyed by Duplo and is something new to a flat sheet stitcher.

The DBMi is fed from up to six collating towers, each with separate set up across the trays to cope with digital and litho, light and heavy stock. The collated sheets are fed under a scoring wheel, through folding wheels and on to the saddle. Up to four Hohner heads stitch the product with loop or flat stitches before the product is taken into Duplo’s existing trimmer units.

THE DEVICE IS CAPABLE OF UP TO 4,500 PRODUCTS an hour, twice this for A5 or CD booklets which are produced two up. Speed will be affected by any decision to build up a product using subset sections. This allows a user to create a 10 sheet, 40pp brochure, using two five sheet subsections to deliver a tighter fold along the spine.

Control of the DBMi is through a touch screen monitor running Windows OS. Templates can be called up from a database of formats while existing job settings can be stored for reprints. Once activated, the whole machine moves from one job to the next in less than a minute.

THE DBMi HAS BEEN IN OPERATION AT A UK BETA site for nine months and three further sales have been made ahead of the open house event. It will be formally launched at Drupa. Also at that show, Duplo will debut an entry level perfect binder, the KB-4000. This is a single clamp binder which uses PUR glue along the spine, but EVA as the side glue.

The advantage to this arrangement is that as the EVA cures rapidly the books can be handled before the PUR has gone off. Price is set at below £40,000.

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The DBMi combines tried and tested technology with a new stitching module

The DBMi combines tried and tested technology with a new stitching module