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PowerSquare™ 224 In-Line / Off-Line / Near-Line / Dual-Mode

PowerSquare™ 224

The PowerSquare™ 224 is an innovative complete booklet making system for digital print applications. To suit different workflows: it works in Off-Line/Near-Line, In-Line and Dual-Mode with the Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF).

In a single machine, the PowerSquare™ 224 combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack™ booklets up to 224 pages thick (56 Sheets). It features fully automatic setting for different booklet size and pagination, including variable stitch leg length for varying booklet thickness.

The maximum booklet thickness is particularly high: 10,4 mm (4.09 in). The PowerSquare™ 224 is therefore ideally suited to higher paginations or to thicker stocks.

Nine key benefits of the PowerSquare™ 224

  1. Makes booklets from 8 - 224 pages (56 Sheets)
  2. Produces SquareBack™ booklets laying flat and being therefore easy to pack, stack and handle
  3. Heavy duty side-loading stitch head ensures a consistent production quality
  4. Insert of 1 to 6 stitches: allowing 2-up or 3-up production.
  5. Fast and precise set-up with the colour touch screen panel
  6. Dynamic auto-adjustment system for variable page counts
  7. Ergonomic design
  8. Small footprint
  9. Instant-on, no warm up time

Large flexibility

To suit different workflows, the PowerSquare™ 224 is available in three configurations: Off-Line/Near-Line, In-Line or Dual-Mode with the Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF).

Great connectability

The PowerSquare™ 224 can be connected to a large number of printers:

  • Canon printers: iR110VP, iR110VPe, iR125VP, ir125VPe, iR138VPe, iR150VP and iR150VPe
  • Kodak Printers: Kodak Digimaster EX110, EX125, EX138, EX150 and EX300
  • Konica Minolta Printers: Bizhub PRO 1600P, 2000P and 2500P
  • Océ Printers: Océ VarioPrint 2000, 4000 and 6000 series
  • Xerox Printers: Xerox Nuvera™ 100 / 120 / 144 EA Digital Production System and Xerox Nuvera™ 200 / 288 Digital Perfecting System
Dimensions Dimensions
Media
IN off-line mode (without the BSF)
Production Typical set time: 7.5 seconds
Minimum input size 120 x 200 mm (4.72 x 7.87 in)
Maximum input size 370 x 520 mm (14.56 x 20.47 in)
Sheet rotation n/a
IN near-line mode (with the BSF)
Production A4 (long edge feeding): up to 10,860 sheets/hour
A4 (short edge feeding) up to 8,640 sheets/hour
A3 up to 6,700 sheets/hour
SRA3 up to 6,350 sheets/hour

Interset gap: 1 second
Minimum set time: 4.2 seconds
Drawer capacity of the BSF (pile height) 140 mm (5.51 in)
High pile capacity of the BSF (pile height) 500 mm (19.68 in)
Minimum input size 200 x 203 mm (7.87 x 8 in)
Maximum input size 364 x 500 mm (14.33 x 19.68 in)
Minimum rotation sheet size 207 x 200 mm (8.15 x 7.87 in)
Maximum rotation sheet size 320 x 227 mm (12.60 x 8.93 in)
IN In-line mode (with a Printer)
Production Cycle time: printer dependant
Interset gap: 1 second
Minimum set time: 4.2 seconds
Minimum input size 200 x 200 mm (7.87 x 7.87 in)
Maximum input size 365 x 500 mm (14.37 x 19.68 in)
Minimum rotation sheet size Integrated rotator ensures maximum printer productivity

207 x 200 mm (8.15 x 7.87 in)
Maximum rotation sheet size 320 x 227 mm (12.60 x 8.93 in)
IN all modes
Paper weight 60 to 300 gsm
Minimum set thickness 1 sheet (folded only)
2 sheets (makes an 8 page booklet)
Maximum set thickness 5,2 mm (0.20 in) (approx 56 sheets  - 70 gsm)
Maximum finished booklet thickness 10,4 mm (0.41 in) (approx 224 pages  - 80 gsm)
Stitching
Number of stitches 1 - 6 stitches evenly spaced on the spine of the booklet
Stitches/spool Up to 291,500
books*/spool Approx 127,000
Trimming
Maximum face trim 28 mm (1.10 in)
Minimum face trimmed book size 78 mm (3.07 in)
Maximum side trim (optional) 40 mm (1.57 in) each side
Minimum side trimmed book size (optional) 120 mm (4.72 in)
stacker capacity
Standard stacker 35 books *
Book stacker (optional) 930 mm (36.61 in)
* Standard book is made from 20 sheets of 80 gsm bond paper, with two stitches
Physical
Dimensions of BSF (L x W x H) 133 x 97,3 x 131,6 cm
(52.36 x 38.30 x 51.81 in)
Dimensions of PS224 with standard stacker (L x W x H) 187,5 x 167,5 x 133 cm
(738.19 x 659.45 x 52.36 in)
Dimensions of PS224 with PBS Book Stacker (L x W x H) 242 x 177 x 133 cm
(95.27 x 69.68 x 52.36 in)
Dimensions of PS224 with PBS Book Stacker and P2T 2-Knife Trimmer (L x W x H) 243 x 170 x 133 cm
(95.67 x 66.92 x 52.36 in)
Weight of BSF 470 kg (1036 lbs)
Weight of PS224 + connecting bridge + stacker 584 kg (1294 lbs)
Weight of PBS Book Stacker 150 kg (330 lbs)
Weight of P2T 2-Kinfe Trimmer 300 kg (660 lbs)
 
 Electrical
Power supply
BSF 120V ±10%, 60Hz, 10.5A
230V ±10%, 50Hz, 6.5A
PS224 200/208/220/230/240V, 50/60Hz, 4.0A
PBS Book Stacker 230V, 50/60Hz
P2T 2-Kinfe Trimmer 230V ±10%, 50/60Hz, 5.0A
OPERATIONAL MODE
Power consumption of BSF 760 W
Power consumption of PS224 500 W
Power consumption of PBS Book Stacker 53 W
Power consumption of P2T 2-Kinfe Trimmer 750 W
Sound level of BSF 75 dB
Sound level of PS224 66 dB
STANDBY MODE
Power consumption of BSF 160 W
Power consumption of PS224 75 W
Power consumption of PBS Book Stacker 16 W
Power consumption of P2T 2-Kinfe Trimmer 10 W
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The Near-Line version of the PowerSquare 224, fitted with the Bourg Sheet Feeder (BSF) is very cost effective because the time spent setting up and monitoring is minimal. There’s nothing quite like it on the market. There’s no warm-up time, it’s very ‘press and go’, you just set up the job parameters on the touch screen and that’s it. It offers great flexibility not just on stock thickness, we normally produce between A4 and A5, but the specification is much wider.

It’s got a very compact design meaning the floor space requirement is minimal, and the working area required around the machine is low. Plus there are so many failsafes on it, you have to call it idiot proof!

The installation process for the Near-Line PowerSquare with the Bourg BSF was brilliant and the training has been exceptional. If we’ve had any issues, the response from Watkiss and Bourg has been first class; generally if we ring up they are here the same day.

The BSF with the PowerSquare 224 transformed the way we work. We can print books in book block form, while printing the covers separately – this keeps the presses running at optimum speed. We can then set the binding line up, and once we’ve checked the first two or three copies the operator can walk away and leave it running. We just have to keep loading it occasionally.

Typically perfect bound jobs have to be trimmed Off-Line, but not with the PowerSquare 224 with the BSF; we can just put the sheets in, it trims the fore edge and tidies it up. Sometimes we will pre-score the thickest covers if the job requires it, but in the vast majority of cases this machine doesn’t require any intervention at all to produce great results. We love it!

The BSF with the PowerSquare is not just our ‘go to’ machine when it comes to larger paginations, it also does a great job without square backing for short run bespoke finishing jobs at very low paginations.

Paul Tetley, Print and Design Solutions Manager

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom