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Wednesday, 29 August 2018
By Wayne Robinson

                 Sewn up: Screen and Meccanotecnica

Technology developers Screen and Meccanotecnica are collaborating on optimised on-demand production of premium quality books including sewing.

The duo have created a solution using Screen’s Equios universal workflow and roll-fed full-colour high-speed inkjet press, the Truepress Jet520HD working with Meccanotecnica’s automatic book folding and sewing machine, the Universe Sewing Digital print finisher.

According to Peter Scott, managing director of Screen Australia Section-sewing of bookblocks for hard cover binding is recognised as the most robust way to finish quality books for durability and appearance. He says, “ By integrating Meccanotecnica’s folding and book sewing technology with Equios workflow, an automated end-to end production line is possible, using barcodes to carry the required information through the workflow to finishing.”

Screen says the much-awarded Truepress Jet520HD with SC inks achieves quality suited to high-end publication work and is compatible with a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated papers. The latest version, 3.4, of Equios provides roll-to-book imposition and variable barcode output functions that support automation with Meccanotecnica’s Universe Sewing Digital print finisher.

Scott adds: “Now that high-definition inkjet digital printing is possible with the Truepress Jet520HD and Screen SC inks, short-run digital printing has moved up to a new level where high-quality finishing is called for. Meccanotecnica is a leading vendor of automatic book sewing equipment, and our collaboration has enabled the automation of a process that provides exceptional durability and quality. The digital on-demand creation of books now offers quality and productivity levels that far exceed standard digital printing.”

Italy-based Meccanotecnica was founded in 1964 and is the world’s leading manufacturer of automatic book sewing equipment and lines for book finishing. Globally renowned for its Aster book sewing machines for offset print finishing, Meccanotecnica has entered the digital print finishing market by developing new solutions to allow cost-effective binding of short runs and the production of high-quality books.

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