BOISE, ID – Rhin-O-Tuff is pleased to announce the world’s first automated collating punch system, the Tornado Autopunch EX. The Rhin-O-Tuff Tornado Autopunch EX is an industry breakthrough system that uses BDT Print Media’s advanced media handling technology to automatically feed, collate, punch and deliver offset book stacks ready for binding in a single platform. Developed in partnership with BDT Print Media GmbH headquartered in Rottweil, Germany, this new system will save punch and bind service providers up to 40% in process efficiency while reducing overall costs. Rhin-O-Tuff will debut the Tornado Autopunch EX at DRUPA 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 31 to June 10, 2016.
The Tornado Autopunch EX is a versatile solution for on-demand print environments. With the widest media range in the industry, the Tornado Autopunch EX can reliably feed covers/index tabs/inserts and internal document pages from 60 gsm to 312 gsm. BDT’s patented Tornado Technology addresses hard-to-run media such as plastic, coated covers (vinyl or leatherette), and heavily printed media that historically have not performed well in other automated punches.
The Rhin-O-Tuff® Tornado Autopunch EX system consists of two media interposer bins (up to 15mm or .59?) and one high-capacity main bins that holds up to 2500 sheets. The system allows a printer to load front/back cover media in one interposer bin and index tabs in the second bin. The document sheets are printed and loaded into the main bin. Front and back covers and index tabs are automatically interposed into the proper position into the book stack, eliminating the need for manual collating.
Proven Rhin-O-Tuff punch technology allows the system to punch up to 10,800 sheets per hour with nine interchangeable die sets. Die sets include an RFID chip, allowing the system to display and track the die set in use and number of punch cycles. The Tornado Autopunch EX has an integrated touchscreen display for easy programmable job set-up, monitoring and changeovers. Once the sheets are punched, the system delivers offset book stacks ready for binding.
John Lugviel, Rhin-O-Tuff’s VP of Business Development says, “The Rhin-O-Tuff® Tornado Autopunch EX is a major step forward in automating what today are mostly manual steps in the layflat book binding process. We are able to take what are now five steps and reduce them to one – key to improving printer’s throughput. By automating the interposing, collating and punching processes, this new system enables concurrent operations to run with the same or less labor. It’s the first collating punch….truly a major improvement for punch and bind finishing in many years.”
To demonstrate the capabilities of the Tornado Autopunch EX, Rhin-O-Tuff has partnered with Kodak to offer a free 18-month calendar featuring the photographer Don Wenzel. The calendar is printed on a Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press with Kodak NexPress Light Black HD Dry Ink. It is then run through the Tornado Autopunch EX where the front and back cover are collated and punched with a 3:1 Square Hole Twin Loop Wire punch pattern. The calendar is being bound on the Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx HD 8370 Semi-Automatic Wire Closer. To see this application in action, visit the Rhin-O-Tuff® booth, Hall 06 #C79. Also visit the BDT booth, Hall 08b #C09 to see the Tornado technology in action or the Kodak booth, Hall 05 #F09-1 to see the Kodak NexPress Digital Color Production Press.
Rhin-O-Tuff produces binding equipment, and punch and bind products and accessories that are used in commercial and corporate settings. Known for quality and durability, Rhin-O-Tuff products, like their Onyx binding equipment, improve productivity in copy centers and digital printing environments, and make it easier for companies and organizations to bind their products in-house. Rhin-O-Tuff products are sold worldwide through a network of authorized dealers and distributor partners. All products are available for purchase or lease and include a manufacturer’s warranty. Learn more about Rhin-O-Tuff products at http://www.rhin-o-tuff.com/products or connect with the company on Google+.
BDT Print Media GmbH is a global technology company that develops and manufactures print and packaging media handling solutions for our OEM partners. Our products provide advanced capabilities for feeding, transporting and stacking paper, packaging and other more exotic media. We provide competitive advantage to our partners through our technology base of 35 active patents. Our client base includes nearly all the leading office equipment and major digital printer manufacturers. Founded 49 years ago, today we employ 420 employees worldwide, including our headquarters in Rottweil/Germany and our development, production and service locations in Germany, the US, Mexico, China, Singapore and the Netherlands and Israel.
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Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at Kodak.com. (edit)