Print finishing equipment manufacturer Watkiss has introduced a new booklet maker, the PSQ160-WH, which has wide range of applications for digital printers.

Australian Graphic Servicing (AGS) supplies Watkiss solutions in New Zealand. The company says that, as more digital presses can print duplex on long sheets, the demand grows for A4 landscape and other large format booklets.
Paul Attew, sales director at Watkiss, says, “The hand-feed PSQ160-WH is ideal for this type of application. It is a practical solution for low volume digital printed jobs, where ease of set-up and flexible media sizes are important – and where you can be confident that book quality is never compromised. Superior book quality is a feature of all PowerSquare booklet makers.”  
The Watkiss PSQ160-WH, an all-in-one booklet maker, includes face trimming and square spine forming integral to the machine. With its small footprint, it can fit into most print environments. It produces SquareBack books that lie flat, stack easily and allow printing on the spine.
The system uses in-process spine forming and automatic adjustment for book thickness, with an auto folder mode to optimise performance quality on thin and thick booklets.
For ease of use, it has fully automatic set-up, using a tile-based user interface with touch and swipe functionality, familiar and intuitive to smart phone users. It includes pre-set standard sizes and the ability to store custom job sizes.
It handles media from 200 x 200mm to 370 x 620mm; with stock weights from 60 to 400gsm. Finished booklet sizes can range from 120 x 78mm to 370 x 305mm, encompassing booklet applications such as A4 landscape; 12 x 12 inches; DL size (99 x 210mm); and CD booklets, all completed in a single pass.
The PSQ160-WH uses a zero-maintenance low impact stapling mechanism with moving clinches for flat, well-formed staples over the full range from two to 40 sheets. The adjustable staple pitch ensures the best staple position to suit the book size and extra high tensile staples ensure reliable performance on coated and thick papers.
Options include a side trimmer that trims the top and bottom of the book for full-bleed colour applications such as short run manuals, magazines, programmes, academic journals, financial reports and education materials.
Andrew Dunn, equipment business development manager, AGS, says “After a long awaited release, the PSQ160-WH will be on show for the first time at the NEC Print Show Birmingham in September. The PSQ160- WH will be available locally from early October. We are gearing up for its introduction and have already had strong expressions of interest.”

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