The new module will allow Rhin-O-Tuff model users to create virtually any binding punch pattern with the exception of comb-binding patterns. According to BindRite, over the past decades a number of mechanical binding technologies have evolved to meet the needs of on-demand printing. Today, the selection of popular mechanical binding methods includes double wire wire-o, plastic coil, metal coil and Velobind. To this we can add a whole range of standard pitches – 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, .2475”, 5:1, 6mm and 2.5: 1. Each brings a unique set of attributes to the desktop that differentiate them from the others, such as cost, aesthetics, ease of document page edit and lay-flat characteristics. “Nevertheless, a small bindery operation would need to make a sizeable investment in order to offer the entire range or even a modest selection of binding options,” said the company.
A partial solution to the challenge has been the development of “modular” equipment that allows users to create multiple types of hole patterns using only a single punch. The innovation was based on interchangeable dies that allow the punch equipment to be changed over to a number of different patterns. Now, Unipunch Mexico, a Mexico-City-based company has roll out the Universal Punch Pattern – an innovative solution to the proliferation of binding-hole patterns. The announcement follows ten years of research dedicated to standardizing a single shape that would accommodate all common binding methods. The final hole profile is deceptively simple, according to the company – an oblong-shaped lozenge rounded on either end.
The initial Universal Punch product entry into the binding market is a new Interchangeable Die Module for the Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx HD 7100 heavy-duty punch. Developed five years ago exclusively for BindRite dealers, the 14” electric modular punch had already incorporated a quick-change die system that allowed pattern flexibility. The new Universal Die Module takes that concept one step further, enabling machine operators to produce the full range of popular binding patterns without having to purchase a new die for each pattern. The add-on will create punch patterns for virtually all popular methods and pitches, except comb-binding patterns. The same Universal Die Module being rolled out at the Print 17 tradeshow in Chicago September 10-14, is compatible with any Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx HD 7000 Series punch, including the Onyx HD 7000, 7700 Ultima and 7700HD. “Now, a commercial printer, in-plant or copy shop will be able to provide an entire gamut of options with a minimal capital outlay. The expense of extra punch-pattern dies and the time required to change them out has been eliminated.” The Onyx HD7100 and the Universal Punch Die Module will debut at the Unipunch Mexico booth (4156) at Print 17.