Finishing First 2019. Review

Good response at FINISHING FIRST on tour in Franconia.

(Quickborn, June 2019) Always close to the market, finishing specialist Horizon went on tour for the first time with the successful FINISHING FIRST event series. About 130 participants visited the industry event in Forchheim, Upper Franconia, on May 23 and 24, 2019 to experience efficient solutions from all areas of print finishing in action.

Proven concept well accepted.

Based on the proven concept of individual live demonstrations, a multimedia tour complemented the programme: while Sales Manager Marisa Dütsch presented current finishing trends and the wide Horizon portfolio, the accompanying camera offered insights into the exhibited machines. Matching video user reports completed the presentation.

In addition, FINISHING FIRST once again offered a platform for cooperation and dialogue within the industry. "The lively exchange with customers and partners is extremely important for us," says Marisa Dütsch. "Only in this way will we be able to keep up with the times with our products in the future".

Intelligent order control.

"Our systems are already characterized by a high degree of automation. However, the potential offered by print finishing is far from exhausted. In order to be able to produce short and very short runs even more efficiently in the shortest possible time, intelligent control of the individual processes will be indispensable in the future," emphasized Marisa Dütsch in her presentation and immediately demonstrated the job change at StitchLiner Mark III. After scanning the barcode, the machine automatically adjusts to the new brochure format within 13 seconds.

Central Bindery Control System.

The required data is stored either in the machine's job memory or in the pXnet bindery control system. With the latter, print service providers can control every processing step and plan resources efficiently. The software enables maximum transparency in the production process and complete integration of all systems, from individual machines to complex production lines. In conjunction with a JDF workflow, jobs can be transferred directly from the Management Information System (MIS) to the production process.

Brochures and books in the visitors' focus.

In addition to the StitchLiner Mark III, the BQ-480 perfect binder also proved to be a crowd-puller. For variable book production from edition 1, the connected HT-1000V three-knife trimmer adjusts automatically to the new format via barcode reader – without any manual intervention. Also in continuous use: AFV-566F variable folder, RD-4055DM rotary die-cutting machine and the SmartSlitter for multifinishing of single sheets. With an extensive range of machines, Horizon once again demonstrated its unique selling proposition as the most versatile provider of print finishing solutions.