Watkiss Showcases New Addition To PowerSquare Range

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Watkiss Automation is showing an expanded range of booklet making solutions at drupa 2016, including the new Watkiss PowerSquare 160, an open-architecture, complete booklet making system that staples, folds, forms and trims in a single pass to produce added value SquareBack books.

Featuring JDF/JMF compatibility, the PowerSquare 160 will be available as inline and offline solutions. The modular system can include up to three suction-fed sheet feeders and, in inline configurations, features dual-mode functionality for flexible workflows.

‘The PowerSquare is a proven, high-end and extremely capable booklet maker. It uses our patented fold-and-form technology to produce the square spine at the same time as folding, which results in a sharper, better quality finish,’ said Watkiss sales director Paul Attew. ‘With our new PowerSquare 160, we can make this technology available to a much wider range of customers; and connect to a wider range of digital print engines.’

Highlights of the Watkiss drupa programme include:

Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224: a streamlined booklet making system for high production environments that produces SquareBack™ books up to 224 pages thick. It features dynamic automatic adjustment for page count, whereby the stitching, folding and forming are all optimised to produce perfect book quality regardless of whether the book has eight pages or 224 pages. A nearline solution with sheet feeder, plus a hand-feed model, will be on show on the Watkiss stand. Inline models can be seen on Canon, Konica Minolta and Ricoh stands.

Watkiss BookMaster Pro30: this meets the ever-increasing demand for short-run hand-fed booklet making and produces booklets up to 120 pages. It features an android based touch-screen user interface to reduce and simplify make ready time and an increased stapling capacity.

Watkiss SpineMaster™: this post-processes traditional stitch-fold booklets and transforms them into a SquareBack™ book. These are flat and easy to pack, stack and handle. There is no risk of loose pages, you can even print on the spine. The SpineMaster connects online to most booklet makers and it can also be used as a stand-alone machine.