Said by CP Bourg to be the industry’s first scalable sheet preparation module, the BPM will join the Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF) on CP Bourg’s stand, which will be demonstrated on a Xerox iGen 5 digital printing press.
Daniel Rainbird, sales manager for CP Bourg's distributor Engelmann & Buckham, said: “The whole purpose of the BPM is that you could have a fully automated process to create either booklets or perfect-bound books. The advantage is that there is no operator invention, it has flexibility, it also improves economies of scale and brings down charges."
According to Rainbird, the BPM enables printers to produce booklets without operator intervention as all work from the point when the operator loads single-sized media is done automatically.
It converts media from maximum format size 600x370mm and minimum format size 139x120mm. Processed sheets can then feed directly from the BPM into a CP Bourg BB3202 perfect binder or BM-e bookletmaker.
The BPM will be available after Drupa for purchase in a variety of different modules. The initial single-modular version will be available straight after the show but it will not be until September 2017 that a BPM with 4-up jobs can be purchased. At Drupa, Engelmann & Buckham will begin taking orders for all types of BPM on a waiting list. Modules can be added to over time.
The entry-level singular-module BPM carries out basic tasks such as paper registration and rotation and is said to be ideal for black and white printers. One BPM can then provide for 2-up jobs, including creasing and format-changing on top of the paper registration and rotation. Two BPMs are required for the 4-up job version, which Rainbird said will further reduce click charge and operator intervention.
The single BPM will cost approximately £11,500 and the full 4-up version, which requires two BPMs, will cost in the region of £54,000.
Rainbird believes the 2-up version will sell the best. He added: “For the function that it is providing, it is very competitively priced. Because it is modular there are options for everyone. No matter your budget, there will be a benefit and you can add to it at a later date.”
Also on the stand will be CP Bourg’s BSF, which has dual feeding stations, one for covers and inserts and the other for high piles of paper.
Belgium-based CP Bourg was founded more than 50 years ago, and designs and manufactures print and finishing equipment. It has more than 150 distributors in approximately 100 countries.
Machinery supplier Engelmann & Buckham supplies equipment across a range of manufacturing industries. Apart from CP Bourg, it also distributes products from Sitma and ProFold.
Last November, it rebranded, after merging with Integrapak and Integra. The family-run firm employs 26 staff in its two Hampshire sites.