GBC releases fully automated Nearline Punch and Bind

GBC’s Nearline Punch and Bind

ACCO Brands (Lake Zurich, Illinois), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers and manufacturers of branded academic, consumer and business products, has launched the GBC Nearline Punch and Bind to improve overall printing workflow by providing greater productivity versus manual production by feeding, punching and wire-binding in one easy, automated step. Offering maximum productivity and lower labour costs, its ability to perform punching, collating and binding operations, along with creasing and perforating, makes it “the most versatile finishing solution on the market, dramatically reducing manual touch points.” The fully automated machine is composed of three units; a Plockmatic VFX Vacuum feeder, a GBC StreamPunch VFX, and a GBC eWire VFX. The newly engineered feeder from the Plockmatic Group increases ease of use for the operator and enhances feeding performance across a wider range of media. The GBC StreamPunch is a fully automated punching unit, and the first in the world to offer a “double punch” capability, while utilizing various die sets with selectable pins, including crease and preformation dies. The GBC eWire component is the first inline wire binding solution utilizing twin-loop wire spools, which are available in three colours and six sizes.

“As a leader in inline technology, we have taken this proven technology and created a nearline solution that offers greater flexibility for any print production environment,” said GBC’s Jim Sawyer, ACCO Brands’ Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for North America. “With its small footprint and wide range of features, GBC’s Nearline Punch and Bind is the perfect fit for every printing environment.” GBC (General Binding Corporation) was established in 1947 when founder, William N. Lane, and two business partners helped Chicago printers find a faster, more reliable way to bind and laminate. GBC introduced the first electric, desktop mechanical binding punch in 1961, then the tabletop laminator in 1966. After merging with ACCO Brands in 2005, GBC became part of the world’s largest supplier of branded office products.

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