Maqprint signs up for growth with Libra 800 investment
Maqprint, a leading French catalogue and book printer, has invested in the Tecnau Libra 800 Book Finishing Line in order to strengthen its position in digital book finishing and enter the book on demand market.
The company expanded its digital print operations in 2011 with the addition of an HP T230 Inkjet Web Press to secure growth in the short run ma
rket and offer an even higher level of flexibility and service to its customers. Following a careful analysis of the new technologies being presented at drupa 2016, Maqprint purchased a new Tecnau Libra 800 finishing line, deciding it offers the best response to the rapidly changing requirements of the book market in France.
“We have chosen Tecnau as our Partner based on their capability to listen to our requests and respond to our demands, configuring Libra 800 in order to fulfill our customers’ expectations”, states Philippe Sans, Chief Executive Office of Maqprint. “Libra 800 is very competitive for short runs and will allow Maqprint to successfully produce single copy catalogues and books. The choice of Tecnau gives us certainty of being well positioned in providing the leading technology to our customers.”
Libra 800 is modular in design, and has been configured by Maqprint with one input channel from roll, with slit merge and dual web cutter to produce variable book-blocks which are automatically delivered to the binder. Libra 800’s robot picks and places book blocks directly into the clamp while covers are fed, side trimmed, front cut and scored according to the book block size. After staging on a conveyor table, the book is transferred to the Libra VT, Variable Three-Knife Trimmer, to be cut to finished size.
Libra 800 produces up to 800 books/hour. Continuous size changeovers in book assembly, cover preparation, binding and trimming are performed without operator intervention and with zero make-ready time. Production is tracked and controlled by Tecnau Connect, a proprietary software which offers workflow integrity control features such as book-cover matching, page sequence and missing pages checks, and reports any deviations or errors as well as production statistics. The platform also offers remote connectivity for factory support to guide the operator and service team towards problem solving.
“With Libra 800 Maqprint will strengthen its ability to produce short runs down to book of one output and deliver to its customers quality books and catalogues with very short turn-around time” states Stefano De Marco, Tecnau sales & marketing Director EMEA. “Thanks to the flexibility of the solution, Maqprint will be able to print by order, finish by order and deliver by order, with an optimized workflow and lean logistical process”.