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Integrated finishing is drupa digital print focus

Wednesday, 27 April 2016
By Print 21 Online Article

Deepening collaboration between Horizon digital finishing equipment and HP Indigo new generation digital presses puts Currie Group in the box seat at drupa.

Inline integration of the Horizon SmartStacker with the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press is delivering increased automation and ensuring faster job turnaround, reduced waste and fewer errors. Providing automated cutting, trimming, collating, and stacking for multiple short-run print jobs, the SmartStacker is a ‘must see’ for digital printers at the Düsseldorf show. Applications include finished products from postcards to posters, individual sheets or sets, book block output for bookbinding, and stacked output for packaging.

According to Bernie Robinson, Currie Group managing director, (pictured right) the combination of Horizon integrated finishing along with HP Indigo presses provides best in class production for today’s printing requirements.  “Both brands are leaders in their field and together they have the best integrated system in the industry. They address the needs of commercial printers in today’s short-run market. I’m looking forward to showing local visitors around the stand and demonstrating the efficiencies of the Horizon system when integrated with digital printing,” he said.

In addition to the SmartStacker, the Horizon HT-1000V Variable three-knife trimmer and CRF 362 creaser and folder are now compatible with HP Indigo digital presses, including full support for HP Indigo’s Direct2Finish workflow connectivity. Direct2Finish enables automatic submission of accurate job definition format (JDF) instructions to leading finishing devices, reducing make-ready and turnaround time.

The CRF 362 impact creaser prevents cracking during creasing of covers on digitally printed applications such as restaurant menus, shop-cards, invitation cards, and laminated sheets. With multiple options for folding patterns, it is also ideal for preparation of high-quality bound book covers.

“We are delighted to continue our ongoing collaboration with Horizon,” commented Gershon Alon, Workflow Solutions and Partner Program Manager at HP Indigo. “As part of our commitment to introducing automation to the bindery, we are excited about the SmartStacker integration with the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press and the new Horizon additions to our Direct2Finish certified products portfolio.”

“We are very proud of the advances we have made together with HP, as our integrated solutions save significant time, reduce errors, and eliminate waste,” said Eijiro Hori, President at Horizon. “With automated system functionality, there is no need for manual measuring or coding, making operation simpler and the results as precise as possible.”


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