Leading punching and loose leaf binding manufacturer Renz, has said its post drupa 2012 order intake is 50% up on the previous drupa 2008. Helped by the highly successful launch of two new punching and binding systems at this year’s exhibition, the new Renz machines creating this buzz at drupa were the Inline 360 and P 360 A.

The revolutionary Inline 360 is a high speed punching and binding system, where book blocks are dropped on to the infeed (conveyor), punched, recollated and fed automatically into the binder. This allows for less product handling and full automation of punching and binding, a world first.

The Inline is also capable of punching and binding calendar sets with either nail hole or calendar thumb cut. Once the DBW automatic cover turner is linked to the line it allows the device to automatically flip the back cover after the binding process and also spins every second book 180 degrees for level stacking. It can also be linked to shrink wrap tunnels or other boxing equipment. This is a great time saver aimed at high volume or fast production environments.

The P 360 A is a fully automatic modular high speed punch, with an output of up to 72,000 punched sheets per hour. It has the ability to handle mixed stock including polypropylene covers. Modular die insertion allows any loose leaf punch pattern to be punched. This machine bridges the gap between fully automated floor standing systems and heavy duty bench top punches. It also complements the recently launched Renz  Mobi 360 wire binding machine for book, photobook and calendar work.

These new introductions to the already successful Renz portfolio are aimed at addressing new pressures on printers, such as the print-on-demand market and calls for increased automation or inline systems and further demonstrate Renz’s ability to continually adapt to market demands.

Major highlights for Renz were the sales of several fully automatic Renz Inline 500 high speed punching and binding lines. Michael Schubert , Renz Group CSO, said: “This machine, a leader in its field, reduces punching and binding bottlenecks. With just one operator needed, it is capable of comfortably punching and binding in excess of 1,700 bound products per hour.”

Daniel Pooley, Renz international marketing manager, said of drupa 2012: “In past years customers have been more reluctant to spend, preferring to wait for new products rather than investing heavily in technology already on the market. We feel that with the launch of our new range, together with renewed confidence in the market, our customers are more than willing to begin investing again.”