New Challenge hybrid on-demand 3-side trimmer comes to DRUPA

The process of perfect-bound book trimming has long been a labor-and-cost-intensive task. The Challenge Machinery CMT 130TC is the industry's only truly modular on-demand booktrimmer capable of fulfilling a combination of both near-line and in-line feeding in conjunction with the next level in automation and productivity. Made in the USA the CMT130TC will make its way to Düsseldorf to acquire a prominent spot at booth C61 in Hall 6.

High quality finishing

The CMT 130TC Book Trimmer uses powerful hydraulic cutting and adjustable clamping pressure to enable effortless cutting of books up to 50mm (2") thickness. A distinct clamp design and bi-directional knife stroke assures that the knife always cuts into the spine from the optimal angle resulting into excellent trim quality. The incorporated Precision Knife Control provides consistent and complete control of knife stroke depth during the trim cycle reducing wear to cuttingsticks and the need for continued knife adjustments.

Efficient and fully automated

Utilizing servo and steppermotors for accurate positioning and rotation, the CMT 130TC features precise full digital control and the ability to apply size changes in less than 10 seconds with no operator involvement. The CMT 130TC exclusively features integrated inline and nearline feeding capability allowing the trimmer to automatically switch between feeding books directly coming from the perfectbinder or nearline by utilizing the manually loaded nearline feeder. If one feeding system is waiting for its next book the other feeding system can load a book into the trimmer providing maximum production throughput. This hybrid approach enables you to trim EVA (hotmelt) and PUR bound books within a single run.

The CMT 130TC features a default multiple book loading functionality which allows to stack up to 3 books to be trimmed simultaneously, further increasing productivity. The machine is controlled by an intuitive 10.5" color touchscreen and the incorporated automatic pre-trimmed book size detection reduces the required job programming entries to only three dimensions. The integrated barcode-reader enables true on-demand book trimming and the CMT trimmer supports JDF and XML workflow environments.

Adaptable and versatile

The CMT 130TC is the only trimmer in its class that is a truly adaptable, modular trimming system suitable to be used in offline, nearline or fully inline digital printing environments. By being compatible to be used inline, the CMT 130TC is the ideal companion to complement an automatic printing/binding line for Xerox monochrome + color and Océ VarioPrint Ultra book binding installations.

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