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Duplo's Automated Precision House in Surrey.
Duplo has hailed its Finishing Showcase 2013 event as a success, and said it will look to host similar events with its partners again in the future. Friedheim International and Renz joined in the open house, which ran for a week at Duplo's Addlestone, Surrey headquarters. The three companies make up The Finishing Alliance. Also present was web to print vendor Vpress, helping to showcase a 'web to finish' workflow.
A number of systems from each company were shown, including saddlestitching and perfect and PUR binding from Duplo, folding, laminating, and shrink wrapping from Friedheim, and Renz's punching and wire binding machines.
'There was a lot of interest in our DBMi saddlestitching system but the unexpected star for us was the new Eurofold CP-375 bi-directional perforating machine, which offers huge cost and time savings versus the more traditional cylinder option for perforating,' Duplo managing director Peter Jolly told Digital Printer.
'We find these kinds of events are excellent for engaging and interacting with customers in a way that is just not possible at a conventional exhibition. We will certainly be talking with our Finishing Alliance partners about hosting more events like this in the future.'
The open house saw the first UK showing of a new shrink wrapping system from Dutch firm Audion, which is being sold in the UK by Friedheim.
New in the UK: Audion's CS-Matic 100 shrink wrapper.
At 4200 packs per hour, the Audion CS-Matic 100 'bridges the gap between economy and speed', the distributor said. There is also a higher speed version, the CS-Matic 200, which can handle 6000 packs per hour. The systems can process A4 and A3 length products automatically on a continuous in-feeder, and have a maximum pack height of 200 mm. Of interest in particular to digital printers will be the fast set up times, with adjustments possible in minutes. As an integrated solution with the Audion TE-Matic shrink tunnel, and the in-feeder, the Audion CS-Matic 100 costs up to £50,000.