Signature, Brochure and Book Block Production System

The Signature, Brochure and Book Block Production System from MBO America is an efficient, high speed roll-to-folded product finishing line designed to have a simple set up and high production rate.  The system will cut the web to the proper sheet length using a chop-cut if there are no bleeds or trim-outs needed; or with a chip-out cut, if the sheet must have spit bars, print marks or bleed trims removed.  The sheet can be cut from 5” long to 49” long as needed.  Print to cut register control is achieved by a print register mark on the web and the sheeter will register in real time for all cuts.  After sheeting, the line will register the sheet and fold in in the first buckle folding unit to the required output pattern using up to 6 buckle plates.  The folded product will then be transferred to the second folding unit where it can be cross folded using up to 4 buckle plates.  The system will have the capability to make all common A4 and A5 size signatures such as 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 and 32 page products delivered as a 1 up.  Slitters and other tooling integral to the buckle folders will also allow other common commercially folded products.  The second fold unit can be bypassed to create common single section folds like 2-up or 3-up parallel 4’s, 6’s, 8’s, 12’s and others.  Also in this case, using only the first section folder, the line can produce common letter folds 2-up. An extended use of the system is to arrange the folders “in-tandem” to allow extended folding patterns.  The system can use single blade slitters between the products or gutter trim slitters between the products depending upon the type of work. Tooling is flexible and easy to change.  The near-line system has a maximum web sheeting speed of 824 fpm but is also dependent upon factors such as paper quality, operator capability, environment and other factors.  This system with 2 buckle folders is one of the most versatile production lines for the general commercial printer.

General Specifications “At-A-Glance”

  • Roll Diameter Maximum:       1320mm (52”)
  • Web Width Minimum:            150mm  (6”)
  • Web Width Maximum:            520mm (20.5), 572mm (22.5″), 762mm (30″)
  • Web Speed Maximum:            250m/m (824fpm)
  • Paper Stock Minimum:           40 gsm
  • Paper Stock Maximum:          250 gsm
  • Smallest Fold Length:            60mm  (2.4”)
  • Max Folded Width:                 Up to web width
  • Max Number of Parallel Folds:    6 Buckles in main
  • Max Number of Cross Folds:        6 buckles in second unit
  • Max Stacks Across:               1 up to 3 up dependent upon web width


  • MBO UW 52 Unwinder
  • MBO SVC High Speed Sheeter
  • MBO DFT DIGI-Folder FW I
  • MBO ASP  high capacity delivery with marking device
  • Optional Alpha 500 Plus Book Block Stacker with Gluer
  • Optional MBO DPS 60 Dynamic Perf & Score Unit (up to 22.5″ web width only)

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