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Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is to use next March’s Ipex as the springboard for the “zero makeready” Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer, which it said was suitable for “runs of one to runs of thousands”.
According to IFS, the HT-1000V was developed chiefly to go inline with perfect binding lines, either from Horizon or the likes of Muller Martini and Kolbus.
The Horizon pXnet JDF-enabled HT-1000V features a barcode recognition system that automatically sets the trimmer. Alternatively it can also be set up via a user-friendly GUI.
The machine was shown by Horizon as a prototype at last year’s Drupa as the “inline book production system”. Since then the trimmer has been further developed, with half-a-dozen machines already installed in Germany and northern Europe.
The circa £150,000 - 1,000 books per hour line can handle untrimmed books from 148x105mm to 350x320mm, with a maximum trim thickness of 65mm.
According to IFS, its key features are the servo-driven pusher and book clamps for automatic book positioning and independently operated trim knives. It also automatically applies silicon spray at the spine cut of the top and bottom trim knives to prevent glue from sticking to the knives.