Standard Finishing Systems (Andover. MA), a leading industry supplier of post-press and paper-handling solutions, has announced a key addition to its popular line of automated folding solutions – the Standard Horizon AFV-56K iCE Series Folder – that combines more intelligent automation with increased efficiency. The new 6-buckle folder with integrated knife/buckle cross folding was designed for improved efficiency, more operator-friendly production and reduced waste and make-ready times. Set-up and changeover times on the AFV-56K iCE Folder are nearly 20% faster than the previous model, the AFC-566FG. The system’s roller gaps and buckle plates are set automatically and can be easily fine-tuned from the improved touchscreen control panel. The AFV-56K has introduced automated stop deployment and adjustment under the knife when cross folding as well as trailing edge roller adjustments to insure accurate fold position with reduced operator intervention and maximize machine uptime.
The system features a brand-new, automated register table with an adjustable vacuum drive belt that eliminates steel and plastic ball drive for registration. In addition, the system can now automatically calculate the optimal feed interval to ensure top production speeds and efficiency with no manual adjustments or trial and error. The AFV-56K uses a single-piston suction pre-feed head for faster and more accurate operation. The system can reach speeds of up to 656 feet/min with cross-folding and up to 885 feet/min for parallel folds. The AFV-56K comes equipped with iCE LiNK, a cloud-based workflow management system from Horizon that allows print providers to manage and monitor production across multiple finishing devices to provide a higher level of production efficiency. iCE LiNK allows shops to monitor and collect machine data in real time. iCE LiNK can also provide KPI analysis, PM schedule/alerts, JDF/JMF Workflow, scheduling, job creation, editing, and more.
“The AFV-56K is a welcome addition to the line of Standard Horizon folders,” said David Reny, Executive Vice President, Standard Finishing Systems. “The powerful automation, even on fine adjustments, makes the AFV-56K one of the most advanced and most operator-friendly folders on the market. This system more than meets the needs of today’s print environment.”