Imaging Solutions Introduces ISAG FastBlock Binding Machine

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Imaging Solutions AG has introduced ISAG fastBlock for the industrial production of XXL landscape photo books and other large-sized photo products, such as calendars or greeting cards.

This improved fastBlock system provides landscape book blocks up to 45cm (17.7 inches) for impressive panoramic photo books. Another new feature of this bookbinding machine is the new cardboard feeder for automatic supply of single cardboards. The new fastBlock system features are available with immediate effect.

The large book size of 45cm width (open book: 90cm) meets the rising consumer demands regarding individual photo books in exclusive designs. Extraordinary moments of holidays, weddings and other events will be preserved on impressive panoramic images. The featured LayFlat binding offers seamless image sizes up to 90cm (35.4 inches). Photos are not meant to be split by a gutter or separated by a gap.

With this kind of presentation, new marketing tools for luxury products, such as sports cars or yachts, can be explored. When photographing people, interesting opportunities come along, for example images of babies in original size 1:1.

The ISAG fastBlock system is a 5-in-1 solution. A complete book block is produced in just one work step: cutting, creasing, folding, pressing and gluing. Orders are detected via punch mark or via barcode. With fastBlock, the correct order of sheets is ensured automatically. No manually preliminary sorting of cardboard is necessary. Sheet damages or rejects can also be avoided.

The fastBlock bookbinding system is space-saving and optimises the complete workflow. Cycle times will be reduced and productivity increased. FastBlock produces 80 XXL book blocks per hour (example with 26 pages per book, size 30 x 45cm). With a capacity of 500-600 sheets provided by the new cardboard feeder, up to 50 photo books per hour can be processed when using cardboards with a thickness of 0.35mm.