Tecnau shows Stack 1212 at Printing United 2022

The cutting system reduces manual print handling

The Stack 1212 is used to cut postcards, letters, books, brochures, and calendars down to size.

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At the Printing United 2022 expo, for the first time in North America, Tecnau is exhibiting its Stack 1212 system for cutting and stacking multi-up printed B2/B2+ sheets down to the final finished size.  

Tecnau offers a comprehensive product portfolio dedicated to paper handling, monitoring, processing, and finishing for the digital printing industry.  

The system reduces manual print handling and consolidates cut/trim finishing in a single-pass automated process.  Specifications include support for up to 21-up impositions, and paper weights up to 350 gsm, while running at speeds up to 6000 input sheets per hour.  The Stack 1212 is used to cut postcards, letters, books, brochures, and calendars down to size.

Stack 1212’s Cutter c12 trims outer edges and supports gutter removal and double cuts for bleed applications as well as simple single-slitting & single cross-cuts. The module features cartridge-based cross-cut blades and trim slitters for fast & easy application changes.  The Cutter offsets the entire sheet to separate jobs or book blocks. Following the cutter, sheets enter the Stacker s12, gliding smoothly onto the building stack.  Each job can be delivered to the conveyor one at a time, individually offset within the stack, or delivered when the operator-programmed stack height is reached.

 Stack 1212’s features:

*Small footprint: With its uni-directional design, Stack 1212 consumes about 100 square feet, much less space than competitive offerings.

*Offline operation: Depending on your application environment, you may be able to support cutting and trimming output from multiple digital & offset presses.

*The Stacker presents neat, easily offloaded stacks of 1, 2, or 3 up output.

* Economical design: The right-sized automation minimizes  investment

 “We’re very excited to show Stack 1212 live for the first time,” said Jeff Kewin, president of Tecnau Americas & Asia Pacific. “We think it will be an excellent solution for those looking to minimize labor while cutting down postcards and other applications from B2 sheets.”

In addition to the sheetfed solution, Tecnau features in its booth N1617 its latest generation offering for cutting and stacking output from high-speed continuous web inkjet presses, showing the Revolution 50 Stack 5251L. Featuring the just-launching Unwinder u50, Tecnau’s Stack 5251L accommodates the broad range of papers and heavy ink coverage characteristic of the demanding graphic arts applications migrating to inkjet print as enabled by the emerging generation of high-speed inkjet presses. 

The Revolution 50 Stack 5251L includes a number of unique features:

*Retractable cut section for quick jam clearance and quick changes of the long-life cutter blade

*Minimal footprint compared to competitive systems, to better fit in tight spaces

*Dynamic web aligner for a smooth, stable web flow and reliable handling

 *Adjustable decurler to aid in the handling of challenging heavy and light papers

The system’s Stacker s51L incorporates vacuum belts to support a broad range of applications and media up to a 30” maximum cut length. Stack 5251L features next-generation controls for compatibility with the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The system includes natural-language error reporting on the user screen and onboard diagnostics to help keep the system up and running. IoT options are available for remote monitoring and diagnostics, automatic software updates, and preventive maintenance aids.

Tecnau will also partner with CTP Solutions on their Roll2Mail solution for inline or near line production of pressure-sealed mail pieces, eliminating the need for envelopes.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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