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Finishing

Ashgate looking trim with new K640

Ashgate Automation has rolled out a new bookletmaker and trimmer solution in response to market demand for kit that can be used to finish short volume, larger-format books at an affordable price.

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The new K640 bookletmaker and trimmer from Ashgate Automation is priced at under £16,000

Manufactured in the UK by KAS Paper Systems, the KAS KF 640 and 640T large-format handheld, floor standing bookletmaker and trimmer has been hailed as a “major breakthrough” by Ashgate managing director, Lewis Price.

The new solution can produce a maximum booklet size of 320 x 3320 mm, as well as more common sizes like A4 landscape and 12 x 12”. 

Users will also benefit from the machine’s ability to handle a maximum sheet size of 640 x 320mm, meaning SRA2 sheets will not require pre-trimming of the short edge on a guillotine prior to producing A4 booklets. In addition, the device can handle a top sheet size for A6 booklets and CD 120 x 120mm booklet production.

Simple to use, quiet in operation, and reliable, the KF 640 can cater for the very lowest of bespoke run lengths to large digital and litho work


Other key features of the solution include the ability to connect the machine with squarefold units to give booklets a squared spine finish, as well as being supplied with an on-line 640T trimmer, so books come off the line completely finished.

In addition, users will benefit from a pro-clench flat clenched staple system and a high speed fold knife system, as well as an optional olop stapling modification.

“Simple to use, quiet in operation, and reliable, the KF 640 can cater for the very lowest of bespoke run lengths to large digital and litho work, producing up to 1500 books an hour,” Price says.


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