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Duplo USA Provides the Finishing Touch at Graph Expo 2006

Duplo USA Corporation: (Booth #3846)



15-18th October 2006

Chicago, USA





(Santa Anna, CA: October 15th 2006) At Graph Expo 2006, Duplo USA will feature a broad cross section of print finishing solutions catering for all aspects of the traditional offset and digital markets.  Visitors will see the extensive Duplo portfolio running live jobs on its booth (#3846), as well as on its partner stands; Canon, HP, Kodak, Objective Advantage (OA) and Xerox.


Show Highlights

Graph Expo is the platform for the first showing of Duplo’s DuBinder – a fully automatic, single-clamp system that produces a strong bind and quality finish.  In addition, visitors can see Duplo’s DC-645 Production Color Finisher incorporating JDF capabilities operating live on Duplo’s booth (#3846) linked to a Xerox printer via OA’s Symbio production workflow software.  In the bookletmaking and collating arena, Duplo’s flagship System 5000 solution is being shown for the first time in-line with the Xerox IGen3 digital color press (Xerox booth #1217).



In addition to the DC-545 HCEX multi-function slitter/cutter/creaser, Duplo is exhibiting its second generation machine, the heavy duty DC-645 Production Color Finisher.  This machine slits, cuts and creases in one pass and has the ability to read printed images and automatically adjust and compensate for the common issue of image shift.  A JDF compatible machine, visitors to Graph Expo can see the DC-645 being driven by OASymbio software, a revolutionary and competitive end-to end suite of production management tools, which enables even small-to-medium sized printers to embrace a fully automated JDF workflow environment.  The DC-645 is being used in conjunction with a Xerox DC-8000 Docucolor press on the booth, to show the full JDF workflow, from conception to completion.


Si Nguyen, product marketing manager, Duplo USA says: “The on-stand demonstrations are designed to introduce printers to the profit saving features and opportunities brought to the industry by JDF (Job Definition Format) and UP3i (Universal Printer Pre- and Post-Processing Interface), which lie at the heart of automated printing.”


“Ultimately a print line incorporating JDF from start to finish will dramatically cut both production costs and set up times for the printer.  Only limited manual intervention is required to run the entire print line, making it easy for even the most inexperienced employee to successfully manage the print run.”


Also in the cutting section, is the DP-660 hydraulic cutter, which provides accuracy, ease of use and special features, such as an eye level read out that shows the paper position on a large digital display.  This machine offers dependable precision paper trimming and accommodates cuts of 26.5" wide and paper heights of up to 3.93". A computerized cutter automation system stores up to 72 cut locations with nine job selections for maximum productivity.


Collating and Bookletmaking

Duplo is presenting its System 5000 at the show.  Designed to maximize productivity, this fully automatic solution operates at speeds of up to 5,000 booklets and 10,000 collated sets an hour and is extremely versatile, able to feed up to 300gsm covers and a variety of sheet sizes.  At Graph Expo, the System 5000 will be shown in conjunction with the 2KT two-knife trimmer, which provides an independent modular approach to trimming all open sides of a booklet, removing the need to pre guillotine printed pages before collating, saving both time and money.


For automation with lower volumes, the System 2000 is Duplo’s entry level system for those wanting high quality but at lower production volumes.  Its DBM-120 bookletmaker offers a self setting size mechanism and staples booklets at up to 2,400 books an hour.


Also on show is Duplo's near-line finishing system, designed specifically for the needs of digital print.  This comprises the DSF-2000 intelligent sheet feeder, a slit, cut, crease (SCC) module, DBM-500 bookletmaker and DBM-500T trimmer.  The SCC module accepts sheets directly from the digital press, trims the non-printed border and creases along the fold line for a full bleed and crack-free finished product. 

“This bookletmaking system has been designed to eliminate several manual offline processes, such as creasing and guillotining digitally printed sheets, a revolutionary feature that’s unique to Duplo,” says Mr Nguyen.  “Traditionally, digitally printed sheets need to be pre-guillotined before the bookletmaking process, piles often need to be split, which means pages can end up out of sequence.  With the SCC, sheets can be placed straight on to the bookletmaker from the press, intelligently merged and finished in a single pass.”


In terms of collating devices, Duplo is showing its friction-feed DFC-12/24 tabletop collator, which assures non-stop productivity at up to 3,900 sets per hour and is available in 12 or 24 bin configurations.  The DFC-12/24 collator allows for bi-directional feeding for collating and creating booklets simultaneously.  Automatic self setting misfeed, out-of-paper, double feed and jam detectors guarantee consistent accuracy.


Duplo's custom designed software is also on display, showing how feeding options can be selected from an easy to use interface and touch-screen monitor.  The IMBF (Intelligent Multi-bin Feeder) allows the operator to select which bin to feed from as well as the feeding sequence and fulfills a variety of applications in the digital print environment such as: one-to-one marketing material based on a pre-determined database, mailing applications with optional folder/inserter unit, and inserting selected pre-printed material into black and white and color merging jobs.



Duplo is exhibiting its first high production perfect binder - the DuBinder, which is aimed to create a sleek and professional look on a range of applications including books, directories, manuals and magazines.  Visitors to the show can see how the DuBinder can successfully handle output from both offset and digital devices at speeds of up to 500 books an hour.


“We predict that the DuBinder will be an extremely popular choice for a variety of different print environments, in particular medium volume offset printers, the print-on-demand sector, high-volume in plant printers, government departments and trade finishing houses,” says Mr Nguyen.





Duplo is also exhibiting its recently launched high performance, affordable suction folder for digital color print, the DF-1000. Commercial and on-demand printers are set to benefit from the advanced capabilities of the DF-1000.  The system produces precisely folded, scratch/mark free material from work printed on both offset and digital presses.  As the newest addition to Duplo’s digital product portfolio, the DF-1000 is perfect for countless applications and is the ideal system for folding direct mail pieces such as brochures, flyers and invitations as well as official documentation for example invoices and letters.


Other products on show in the folding and binding arena include Duplo's DT-900 tabber, which offers a unique folding and tabbing solution perfect for mailing requirements; the MR-720 perfect binder, which allows output of up to 600 cycles an hour; and designed for the office environment, the DF-920 tabletop folder, which performs high-speed folding of up to 200 sheets per minute.


Digital Printing

Duplo is featuring its high productivity digital printer, the high capacity 600 x 600 dpi A3 digital suction fed DP-460H.  This printer has a 3000 sheet capacity, offset stacking unit and top-rated resolution, which makes it ideal for the print-for-profit high volume user.


Partner Booths

On the Xerox booth (#1217), Duplo's System 5000 Slit, Cut, Crease (SCC) bookletmaker system is being shown for the first time in-line to an IGen3 digital color press and the DC-645 production color finisher is also appearing as an offline stand alone system.  As well as being present on Objective Advantage’s booth (#5256), three of Duplo’s JDF enabled DC-645 machines are on show on HP’s booth (#’s 248 & 646) finishing live jobs printed by Indigo presses, such as business cards, information leaflets and self mailer pieces.  On the Canon booth (#1253) the DC-645 is finishing self mailer pieces being printed on its new ImagePress C7000VP color press and is being used in conjunction with Duplo’s powerful in-line fold and tab system, the DT-900.  The DC-645 Production Color Finisher will also be present on the Kodak booth (#400). 


Throughout Graph Expo, HP, Kodak and Xerox will also be hand delivering personalized digital work to the Duplo booth, to be finished on its DC-645 and near-line bookletmaking system.



Issued on behalf of Duplo by AD Communications


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