Duplo has launched a new flagship booklet maker, the 600i Booklet System.
The manufacturer said key markets for the system are high-volume digital and litho production, with commercial printers, education, public and private sector and processing industries being actively targeted.
The 600i is a fully automated stitching, folding and trimming device that uses ultra sonic technology combining the DSC-10/60i Collator Towers and the DBM-600 bookletmaker and trimmer.
It has more than 25 configurations that can combine suction, collators, sheet feeders and slit, cut, crease, squarefold and three-knife trimming operations.
The device is a replacement for the 500i Booklet System, which was introduced 12 years ago and has sold more than 2,300 units in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Features of the 600i include A4 landscape format, a capability which was not available on the 500i, easy set-up and full automated precision and an optimised PC controller that enables operators to create and save an unlimited number of jobs for future instant recall.
The device, which has job changeover times of less than a minute, can reach speeds of up to 5,200bph or 9,000bph when used with the optional DKT-200 two-knife trimmer, Duplo said.
This knife trimming allows the user to take printed SRA3 or B3 sheets directly from the press and finish the booklet in one operation.
The machine can handle a minimum booklet size of 90x75mm up to a maximum of 350x254mm and stock weights of 50-300gsm.
Duplo UK managing director Peter Jolly said: “The Duplo 600i Booklet System represents our vision of automated precision.
“It’s clear from feedback already received that industry professionals will welcome a revolutionary system that combines the robust lines of a large stitching system with exceptional intelligence, productivity and exclusive features such as A4 landscape format.”
The 600i is commercially available with immediate effect and will be shown by Duplo at its London Calling 2015 event, which will take place from 3-4 November. Pricing for the device will start from £77,000 depending on the configuration.
Separately, Duplo UK, the UK subsidiary of Duplo International, has reported that it recorded a 16% turnover rise to £11.4m for the financial year to the end of May and said that all of its net profit of £500,000 will be put back into the business.
Jolly said: “It’s been a fantastic team effort that has resulted in an exceptional year for every division of our business. The dealer and reseller division has seen the biggest growth, but there have also been record numbers of service contract sales and product sales.
“Now we look forward. Every bit of our profit will be ploughed back into our business as part of a long-term growth strategy to create an even more successful business for the future.
“We have been listening to our customer base and will be making further investments in servicing, training, particularly for young people and graduates, as well as wider initiatives for the future prosperity of our industry.”