20 October 2014 Finishing

Duplo's debutants take the plaudits and sales at London Calling

The sixth iteration of the London Calling event, focusing on linking different suppliers in a production workflow, drew a record audience to the Isle of Dogs.

London Calling 6 was declared a success even before the doors at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf closed last week with confirmation of orders for Duplo iSaddles from Doveton Press and Vernon Press.

These are among 12 orders across Duplo's European Region for the successor to its DBMi bookletmaker, covering customers from Finland, France, Switzerland, Germany and now the UK.

Its appeal stems from its small footprint, ability to produce an A4 landscape product and robust build, using shafts and bearings that are a marked step up on the DBMi machine. It features the established sheetfeeder and intelligent feed tower collators making a machine for both digital and litho sheets.

The stride forward is with the turning unit which jogs the sheets into position ahead of the creasing and folding wheels to guide the sheet onto the saddle. Any skew can be corrected on the fly. The standard head and tail trim then foredge trim complete the system, though in tests the side trims have been unnecessary.

The event was not only about the robust saddle stitching bookletmaker, Duplo also revealed that the UltraBind 600 is now ready for market. This is a single clamp PUR perfect binder that sets automatically and offers a new system for applying the PUR adhesive from a closed tank.

Production of 325-350 books an hour is feasible says Duplo International commercial director Tony Lock. The company has received interest from both printers and trade finishers, one of which is a UK beta site for the device.

It was originally shown at Ipex where more than 30 customers examined the device and provided feedback which has been incorporated into the design by its Hungarian maker.

The UB 6000 has PUR for both spine and side paper gluing, though the side glue unit can be switched to hit melt. The milling wheels can be pulled away and switched off to allow the binder to cope with sewn section work.

As well as the new products from Duplo, the event provided a platform for Lumejet to show its S200 digital press for the first time, as the company lacked sufficient space at Ipex. And two of its users are now the first customers in the UK for the Mitamax lay flat binder, TH Print, which installed the first, and Altaimage which took delivery of the device at the show on Friday.

In the same area, Taopix gave a UK launch to its first mobile version having shown the technology at Photokina. This offers a simplified interface to allow users to create photo products, calendars, greetings cards and the like, from a mobile phone or tablet.

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London Calling

London Calling

The iSaddle attracted the attention last week, with orders from Doveton Press and Vernon Press.