C.P. Bourg’s first scalable Sheet Preparation Module (BPM) will be connected to all major print engines at its production facility in Belgium to demonstrate on Tuesday, May 15, seamless booklet-making integration – from printing to finishing. With the new BPM technology, the OEM will be able to print on large, parent-sized sheets then convert them into smaller-sized sheets inline. The Bourg BPM is a modular scalable sheet-preparation unit that allows print professionals to use their inline Bourg binders or bookletmakers to produce books and booklets – with no operator intervention. It works with a variety of digital printers and presses, as well as offline or in dual-mode connected to a Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF) to create perfect-bound or stitched books and booklets. The unique approach of the BPM creates a more streamlined workflow. Printers can print on large sheets with multi-up impositioning that optimizes their individual click charges. Additionally, the Bourg BPM eliminates or reduces many time-consuming processes – such a preparing media in multiple sizes, manually setting up machines and trimming finished jobs – all while minimizing human intervention and the potential risk of human error.
Ideal for creating different-sized books and booklets. The BPM is exceptionally versatile and easy-to-use, said the OEM. The operator simply loads a single-sized media into the printer or press, and completes the process by unloading the finished books or booklets. The entire process is handled automatically – jobs are converted from very large formats of up to 600 x 370mm (23.6″ x 14.6″) to very small formats down to 139 x 120mm (5.5″ x 4.7″), all in a single pass. The processed sheets can feed directly from the BPM module into a downstream-connected C.P Bourg BB3202 perfectbinder or BM-e bookletmaker. Offering excellent scalability, a single BPM can be used for 1-up and 2-up jobs, with a second unit added can handle 4-up printed jobs. Each BPM module can handle four different functions including job registration, rotation, creasing and format changing. Some functions can be repeated for custom applications.
The benefits of the BPM are recognized through the entire workflow, resulting in an end-product that’s more cost-effective to manufacture. Automation reduces manual workload, while maximizing productivity, minimizing imaging charges (clicks) and enabling shorter turnaround times. The BPM automatically transforms SRA3 input to CD output format and introduces the potential for significant economies of scale by enabling use of just one paper size for any final book format. With its innovative bleed trimming system, the BPM cuts paper top and bottom, symmetrically or asymmetrically, and trims 4-100 mm (0.16″ – 3.94″) from coated or uncoated sheets, for production of virtually any creative format. For 2-up jobs with an odd number of sheets, the BPM automatically separates the last sheet. Increased reliability and a full integrity check are achieved with the optional barcode system. For full automation, the BPM fully supports industry-standard JDF and XML workflows.