12 January 2019 Finishing

Friedheim's lower cost Palamides Gamma offers automated delivery for digital print

Palamides has developed a lower cost version of its hugely popular bundling unit with an eye of the automation needed for the digital print market.

Friedheim International is taking UK printers to Germany this week to see a new delivery unit developed by Palamides.

The Palamides Gamma opens a new mid market to the benefits of automatic bundling from the delivery of a folder or other device. The company’s Gamma system is widely used and versions can be connected to Heidelberg, Horizon, MB, GUK or MBO folders. It eliminates the need for an operator to catch and strap products from a delivery shingle. Instead the unit counts each folded product arriving in the delivery and wraps a paper of polyethylene belt to form a bundle which can be handled without risk of damaging the leaflets or sections.

Palamides says it will also link to stitching lines, bookletmakers and mailing machines.

The Gamma operates to the same concept as the larger devices, but is aimed at smaller operations, including digital print. Two configurations cover an infeed between 140-510mm and 140-220mm. It will delivery 1,200 bundles an hour each with a predetermined number of products. It will deliver strapped bundles from 20mm to 120mm.

International sales and marketing manager Jan Oldenkott says: “Any item not within the tolerance range is automatically ejected and not counted. If more than three products in a row are not within the tolerance range, the Gamma stops the production. This enables it to quickly detect whether there is a folding problem, for example. The Gamma thus prevents a large part of the print run from being folded.”

The unit is small enough to suit small printers and can be wheeled away when not in use or to move between folders, collators, rotary die cutters and booklet makers in minimal time. It will also operate inline to a webfed digital press taking single sheets at a time. If required the collected stacks can be left without a banding strap, something that the larger Delta machine cannot do.

However, like the Delta, the smaller unit is capable of handling two-up products, delivering into separate chutes for collection or boxing.

Friedheim national sales manager Stuart Bamford says the Palamides Gamma should appeal to printers for whom the Delta system is too large. “The Gamma 502 is a small, agile and fully automated delivery system that can be set up in just a few minutes thanks to its clever design,” he says.

The company has also revamped its flagship Alpha 700 into the Pro version capable of handling single sheets at speeds to 18,000sph.

Gareth Ward

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