Horizon Roll-to-Perfect Bind Smart Binding System

Specifically designed to respond to the growing need for short- to medium-run length book production, the Smart Binding System combines a Hunkeler unwinder and rotary cutter with a Horizon folder, a gluing and pressing station, a perfect binder, an intelligent accumulator and a three-knife trimmer to convert pre-printed rolls into finished books in a continuous, fully automated, touch-free process. The system is able to move seamlessly between books of varying format and page count, ensuring absolute quality assurance through end-to-end system control and integrity checking. It can produce up to 2,000 books an hour, without manual intervention or added labor costs, a dramatic improvement over current methods. Multiple configurations available for processing conventional offset and digital output in one system as well as interchangeable glue tanks for EVA and PUR adhesives.


Advantages at a glance

  • Signature Book/Job Production – Each job is processed one-by-one, making it easier to schedule and control jobs.
  • Variable Size Finishing – The same sized book blocks can be finished to various finished sizes by reading unique codes on each book.
  • Job Tracking – Signature order and complete book block at the folder delivery, cover and book block match at the in-feed section to the binder, and finished books at the trimmer exit are verified by barcode verification.
  • Consistent Workflow with Pre-Press – The pXnet bindery control system accepts JDF set-up data and quantity from the pre-press workflow to automate and manage the binding process.
  • Quick Set-up – The quick, automated set-up allows roll-to-book production of variable size and thickness books. This will enable the use of digital continuous feed printing to be adopted even for short-run jobs.


Product Information


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Maximum Roll Diameter: 54″
Web Width: 11″ to 20.5″
Operation Speed: Up to 590 fpm
Paper Weights: 40 to 180 gsm
Sheet Width: 11″ to 20.5″
Book Thickness: 0.03″ x 1.77″ (1 mm to 45 mm)
Book Block Maximum: 13.77″ x 10.23″
Book Block Minimum: 5.83″ x 4.14″
Signatures: 4 / 6 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 18 pages