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26 July 2019

Automation and digitalisation at the MBO Open House

One year before drupa, the world’s largest trade fair for the printing and print media industry, opens its doors once again, folding machine manufacturer MBO is holding an Open House. On 5 and 6 September, customers and interested parties can look into the future and find out today about the possibilities of tomorrow. The focus of the event will be on the current topics automation, digitalisation, robotics, networking and Industry 4.0 / IIoT

Automated stacking with the MBO CoBo-Stack
A total of three CoBo-Stacks will be on show at the Open House. The MBO CoBo-Stack is a collaborative robot which works directly next to and with its human colleagues, without additional protective measures such as barrier fences. With the new, automated CoBo-Stack, MBO is revolutionising the labour-intensive, manual stacking of folded signatures. The stacked signatures are transported from the delivery onto the table of the CoBo-Stack. The robot picks up the stacks from the table and deposits them on pallets. In addition to greatly reducing the physical effort required, this gives the operator time to carry out administrative tasks, for example quality control or preparing the next folding job.

Software for a networked finishing process
The MBO Datamanager 4.0, already successfully established on the market, is a software package for production planning and analysis. Datamanager uses job-specific data, such as the materials used, the sheet size and the fold types, to optimise the set-up process for the folding machine. This means shorter set-up times. But Datamanager 4.0 is also the interface to higher-level Management Information Systems. As a result of constant data exchange via JDF or REST-API, all changes to the production are immediately passed on to the machines. Live synchronisation of data makes production predictable, allowing effective production planning and objective final costing.

Efficient production through automation and further features
All five folding machines MBO will be showing at the Open House are equipped with the new M1 control and are automated: the K8RS, K8 and K80 combi folders as well as the T800.1 and T50 buckle fold machines. Automation means faster set-up for all folding machines. Tried and trusted MBO features such as the ergonomically designed slitter shaft cassette also contribute to reducing set-up times. With the T800.1, MBO will be demonstrating the advantages of its sheet return device. It reduces the path between feeder and delivery by around 80%. The K80 features the newly developed KT90 curved table. It deflects folded sheets arriving from the cross-fold area through 90 degrees. As a result, in order to change over from a 16-page to a 32-page production run, the delivery only needs to be moved in one direction. This saves not only set-up time, but also valuable space in the production environment.

Dynamic perforations on the web
At the Open House, visitors will be able to see how a digitally printed paper webs become a finished product with dynamic perforations and a glued spine. The product is bundled behind the delivery and then deposited on pallets by the CoBo-Stack. Both the unwinder and the dynamic perforator are new developments from MBO.

Rotary die-cutting with the BOGRAMA BSR 550 basic
The compact and attractively priced BSR 550 basic is structured as an offline solution. It is designed specifically for users who want to produce small and medium runs economically and efficiently. It is suitable for die-cutting, kiss-cutting, scoring, perforating and embossing a wide variety of products such as packaging, labels, mailings, presentation folders, to name but a few – in both offset and digital printing. Visitors to the Open House will be able to see how it is possible to punch widely ranging jobs by means of a simple tool change.

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