New Universe Digital Sewer launched
Kolbus UK have announced the launch of a new sewer from Meccanotecnica. Providing top quality book sewing of digitally printed single sheets the Universe Digitaline is cost effective for thread sewing of short run products whilst also being capable of handling conventional litho signatures.
The new machine supercedes the Kristec sewer which offered similar features – but with a new folding and collating mode the Universe Digitaline is much more accurate, produces a crisper fold and is substantially less expensive than its predecessor. This latter benefit has been achieved with improved manufacturing techniques and by incorporating more common components from other machines in the range. Importantly therefore quality and versatility have not been compromised.
Printed sheets, up to a pile height of 600mm, are positioned on the machine’s flat stack feeder. The sheets are first folded then collated in four page sections. This makes for accurate and crisp folds, and means that any multiple of four pages can be bound. If required the feeder can be switched so that litho produced signatures can also be incorporated. Robert Flather, UK MD, said: “This ability to combine traditional litho sections with a personalised digitally printed section will be of particular interest to users who are looking for added value products such as promotional products and diaries.”
Sewing is performed as conventional stitch with a patented automatic mechanical device separating the book blocks. At the delivery thread ends are trimmed and the sewn book blocks presented spine-up on the delivery table for easy manual unloading.
The Universe Digitaline is designed for easy operation from one simple touchscreen. Siemens electronics are used throughout for total reliability and it incorporates the Gigalynx signature recognition system for accurate control of covers, digital and litho signatures.