PUNCHING has always been a bottleneck in binding systems requiring holes. Automatic punching machines have not been able to change quickly enough from one job to another as required in "on-demand" binding and printing.
The German RENZ organisation, a leader in "on-demand" binding, has led research and experimentation with faster and easier short run binding.
RENZ, represented by Masterbind , has developed products that not only meet high standards of quality and productivity, but also are quick and easy to set up and operate.
The RENZ AP360 V4 automatic punch has computerised, fully automatic (short set-up time) format adjustment by user-friendly touch screen technology.
The operator simply sets the new size on the touch screen and every necessary setting change occurs automaticelly.
Other unique features include Two Finger Pickup System (assists in punching of mixed stock), and ability to process indexed/tabbed sheets collated throughout the document.
The AP 360 can handle a wide variety of stocks from 65gsm to 250gsm which sets it apart from most other automatic punches.
Masterbind International managing director Doug Fowler said the new punch had created "enormous" interest because there was nothing like it on the market, and it offered a huge increase in productivity compared to conventional punches.
Interchangeable punching dies are available for a wide range of hole formats.