With state-of-the-art drive technology, machines can be adjusted to the requirements of end products in an even more targeted and automated manner for increased efficiency. Muller Martini will show live how that works at drupa 2016 with Finishing 4.0.

Muller Martini will underline its commitment to seamless automation at its stand in
Hall 2 at drupa 2016

Muller Martini’s fully automated print finishing systems, which have been developed in an evolutionary way, have had the key aims for decades of increasing production reliability and performance and reducing setup times and unproductive operator worksteps. One of the latest technological highlights is cutting-edge drive technology such as Motion Control, which enables machine settings to be adjusted to the requirements of end products in an even more targeted way.

A typical new development for the mass production of customized print products in line with the definition of Industry 4.0 is the Vareo perfect binder, which was launched in 2015 and will be demonstrated live in action by Muller Martini at drupa. The all-rounder for offset and digital printing represents a technological revolution as the first perfect binder at which each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor and is individually driven. That means every processing step can be tailored to the given product, which guarantees high productivity and optimal quality.

Prime examples of highly automated Muller Martini production processes also include the Diamant MC Digital bookline, which can change itself over sequentially, i.e. section by section, and therefore lends itself to production runs of one, such as in the photo book segment, which is booming across the globe, and the SigmaLine with its Connex Data and Process Management System, the only fully automated total solution for digital book production (PDF in – book out) worldwide.

The fact that even political decisions (i.e. the minimum wage) are prompting automation is demonstrated by the MailLiner, a brilliantly simple solution for insert sorting. The gathering system, which was newly developed by Muller Martini in 2015, finishes inserts efficiently and automatically without the need for a carrier or foil, which spares direct mail companies high wage costs.

And what does the future – i.e. Finishing 4.0 – hold? ‘We’ll show visitors to our drupa stand that automation is machine reality for us, rather than just empty talk,’ said Volker Leonhardt, director of sales and marketing Muller Martini Print Finishing Systems AG. Muller Martini will not only showcase innovative print finishing processes for digital and offset printing in Düsseldorf, but will also unveil new saddle stitcher and three-knife trimmer solutions. ‘That will underline the fact that we’re fully committed to seamless automation in daily operation worldwide,’ said Volker Leonhardt.