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Horizon unveils next generation roll to saddle-stitching booklet production system

High speed seamless production of high-quality roll to booklets is now possible with the launch of the New Horizon iCE StitchLiner Mark V.

The next evolution of the successful StitchLiner saddle-stitching family

achieves high quality inline or near line booklet production at speeds of up to 6,000 booklets per hour.

Attention has been paid to increased productivity and flatter finished stitched booklets with the development of the unique ACF-50D accumulator and folder overlapping transport mechanism.

Other features include:

  • Expanded format size to meet A4 landscape and large format calendar production.
  • Ability to manage a wider range of formats and substrates, including A4 landscape booklets at over 5,000 booklets per hour.
  • Consistent high quality production with individual sheets scored and tightly folded at high-speeds to produce flatter higher quality booklets.
  • Assured sheet-to-sheet integrity with in-line configuration and optional barcode verification system.
  • Variable page booklet applications handled without any operator intervention.
  • Flexible insertion of up to three sheets anywhere in the booklet with the optional CF-50D cover feeders which also feature split feeding tables for reliable feeding of uneven or folded sheet stacks.
  • Compatibility for in-line configuration with TECNAU c50 Revolution 50 and c20 high-speed rotary cutters and the Hunkeler cs8 cutter.

The new system incorporates Horizon’s cloud-based iCE LiNK workflow which uses cloud technology to automate workflow from upstream to post-press.

It provides access to an intuitive easy to use dashboard that reports real-time production analysis for improved efficiency and profitability, remote update capabilities and scheduled maintenance resulting in less downtime. The information is accessible via smartphone, tablet or desktop PC and the software is designed for integration with MIS systems.

“This latest addition to the industry loved StitchLiner family brings with it next generation level automation,” says Eric Keane, IFS Managing Director. “Horizon has developed a highly productive system that can seamlessly handle variable page booklet applications from the latest roll-fed inket web presses. Easy to use and fast to set up it is perfectly positioned to responsively manage a wide range of work in any busy production environment.”

IFS Technical Sales Director, Jason Seaber, adds “The New Horizon StitchLiner Mark V is more compact by design and uses new servo-drive technologies for even faster job make readies. Sheets and covers are scored and plow-folded individually to produce flatter and higher quality saddle-stitched booklets from pre-printed reels or in-line with inkjet web presses.

The iCE StitchLiner Mark V is available now.