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Mar 31, 2009

New BM-e Booklet Maker

High-speed C.P. Bourg Booklet Maker Finishes Output from a Broad Range of Digital and Analog Printers.

New BM-e Booklet Maker

On Demand Expo; Philadelphia, PA; March 31, 2009 – The first high-speed near-line commercial booklet maker that handles paper formats large enough to stitch, fold and trim print output from a wide range of traditional analog and all digital presses currently available, was introduced here today by C.P. Bourg, the world’s leading technology developer and supplier of in-line and near-line document feeding, binding and finishing equipment.

The new C.P. Bourg BM-e Booklet Maker accepts paper input up to 14.5 x 23.5 inches (370 x 600 mm) – the largest sheet size currently output by digital printers – and produces up to 5,000 booklets per hour.

A variety of unique features and innovations built into the Bourg BM-e are aimed at improving Near-Line finishing speed, efficiency and flexibility. Included among the many are fully automatic control of BM-e operation via a 300-degree swivel-mounted 12-inch color touchscreen terminal, tool-less job size changeovers, the ability to fold up to 30 sheets of 20-lb bond, and a totally visible straight paper path with a new, soft-handling paper folding mechanism designed to prevent marking, scuffing or scratching delicate digital prints. Operators can select top, edge, corner or saddle stitches from a simple menu on the BM-e control panel; choose a top-stitch bypass hastening other finishing functions; and make fine adjustments to stitch position, fold position or trim distance in increments of 1/10 mm “on the fly,” as the job is running.

For trimming booklets, the Bourg BM-e features a heavy-duty face trimmer with unique blower assisted scrap removal. The trimmer also features two micro-thin blades that act like scissors, to precisely cut each paper face to within 1/256th of an inch and sharpen both blades every time a cut is made, allowing hundreds of thousands of booklets to be trimmed before blades need to be replaced.

The new BM-e Booklet Maker can accept sheet output from Bourg’s proven BST-d+ Suction Tower Collators typically used with analog printers. It also works with the new C.P. Bourg BSF Sheet Feeder, which is designed to dramatically improve the efficiency of near-line production finishing for environments with on-demand printing, including collated digital variable data print (VDP) output. The BME is also designed to connect directly to a wide range of production digital printers.

“Printers today are looking for every advantage they can find to make their operations faster, more efficient and more flexible,” said Richard Trapilo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, C.P. Bourg, Inc. “Our new BM-e Booklet Maker not only meets these demands – it addresses each with a long list of features and innovations that make the Bourg BME a smart investment for almost any print finishing application.”


C.P. Bourg – The Print Finishing Experts

For nearly 50 years, C.P. Bourg has designed and delivered innovative binding and finishing solutions to meet the needs of the global printing and finishing industry. C.P. Bourg’s reputation – as the world’s leading technology developer and supplier of in-line and near-line document feeding, binding and finishing equipment for the broad spectrum of traditional and digital printing environments – is built on a history of Mr. Christian Pierre Bourg’s achievement and continuous commitment to quality, innovation and efficiency. This commitment has led to privileged relationships with numerous digital print suppliers, and with tens of thousand customers worldwide who rely on C.P. Bourg equipment to turn print on paper into quality finished products.

An award-winning supplier and Xerox Corporation Business Partner since 1989, C.P. Bourg most recently was named by Xerox as the Overall Finishing Business Partner of the Year for 2008 for the fifth consecutive year, and as the Xerox Monochrome Finishing Business Partner of the Year for 2008. The company also won a prestigious Prix Wallonie à l'Exportation award for technological excellence from the Walloon Region (Belgium) Export Agency 2006-2008.