KOLBUS GmbH & Co. KG

Postfach 220, 32363 Rahden
Osnabrücker Str. 77, 32369 Rahden
Germany
Telephone +49 5771 710
Fax +49 5771 71333
info@kolbus.de

Location

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.120  Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.135  Book-on-demand systems
  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.165  Book casemaking machines
  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.210  Three-knife trimmers
  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.235  Perfect binding machines
  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.410  Grooving machines

Grooving machines

  • 03  postpress/converting/packaging
  • 03.02  converting
  • 03.02.200  Box making machines

Box making machines

  • 06  equipment/services/infrastructure
  • 06.19  Infrastructure
  • 06.19.100  Palletizers

Palletizers

Our products

Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

Bookjet® system: Book Production Line BF 530

KOLBUS’s most versatile and flexible book production line is the Bookjet® system BF 530. Featuring the newest technologies, it is capable of processing very small batches (down to just 1 copy) in batch mode at up to 70 cycles/min.

Benefits

The BF 530 has a number of features which make it extremely operator-friendly. Automatic servo axes for far faster make-ready, ability to process a very wide range of formats and high performance. The machine operates under the proven KOLBUS Copilot® system. Together with the universal KOLBUS 3•60 online service, this means that machines installed anywhere in the world will run highly stable and reliable processes.

Features

The Bookjet® system with new technology provides sectional make-ready in the production of digitally printed hardcover products, for example, in photobook production. The product is fed into the book production line via an indexing feeder fitted with a barcode reader. Subsequent processes – rounding, rub-down, casing-in in rigid, flexible or plastic covers, pressing and joint forming – take place as the product is transported through the line and are completely automated. Depending on which lining stations are integrated, the book block can be glued and optionally supplied with gauze or headbands.

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Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

Book Production Line BF 512

In the category up to 30 cycles/min, the KOLBUS BF 512 book production line offers the same performance features as much bigger and faster machines.

Benefits

Uncompromising quality, complete application spectrum, easy operation and fully automated make-ready with the KOLBUS Copilot® system. The BF 512 has a compact design and small footprint with the book forming and pressing machine as a component of the basic machine.

Features

The BF 512 book production line is a versatile system, equally suited for small runs and for the many challenges of industrial-scale book production. The BF 512 processes perfect bound, thread-sealed, endsheeted and sewn book blocks in all standard formats.

The BF 512 can also be combined with a SIGLOCH BBL 31/2 spine-gluing and lining machine to create a full-scale book production line for sewn products.

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems

Bookjet® system: Book Production Line BF 530

KOLBUS’s most versatile and flexible book production line is the Bookjet® system BF 530. Featuring the newest technologies, it is capable of processing very small batches (down to just 1 copy) in batch mode at up to 70 cycles/min.

Benefits

The BF 530 has a number of features which make it extremely operator-friendly. Automatic servo axes for far faster make-ready, ability to process a very wide range of formats and high performance. The machine operates under the proven KOLBUS Copilot® system. Together with the universal KOLBUS 3•60 online service, this means that machines installed anywhere in the world will run highly stable and reliable processes.

Features

The Bookjet® system with new technology provides sectional make-ready in the production of digitally printed hardcover products, for example, in photobook production. The product is fed into the book production line via an indexing feeder fitted with a barcode reader. Subsequent processes – rounding, rub-down, casing-in in rigid, flexible or plastic covers, pressing and joint forming – take place as the product is transported through the line and are completely automated. Depending on which lining stations are integrated, the book block can be glued and optionally supplied with gauze or headbands.

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems

Bookjet® system: Perfect Binder KM 200

Zero-make-ready perfect binder for all types of softcover products and book blocks at rates up to 5,000 cycles/h.

Benefits

The KOLBUS Bookjet® perfect binder KM 200 operates with 26 transport clamps which are engineered as swivelling clamps. The system features continuous, automatic make-ready. As the product is picked up by a transport clamp, the block thickness is measured and the value transmitted for fine adjustments to the spine processing tools and the scoring station.

Features

Highly dynamic axes adjust continuously to changing product thicknesses without specific make-ready processes. This allows the system to react precisely to thickness variations from product to product. The system can process folded sections and loose stacks of sheets. The covers for the digitally printed product are separated from a slanted stack by the rotary cover feeder. If there is a mismatch between block and cover, the covers are ejected ahead of the scoring station and can be reused.

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems

Bookjet® system: Sequential Feeder SF 842

For sequential separation of digitally printed and folded sections at a rate of 3,000 – to 6,000 stacks/h.

Benefits

The newly developed, high-performance SF 832 sequential feeder can be linked inline with a digital press and folding machine. System performance can be increased still further by using 2 or more feeders in parallel. Individual modules can be automatically fed offline using an STA 840.SF bundle feeder.

Features

The digitally printed signatures are processed sequentially in parallel and collected in a magazine to form a complete book block. The system uses thickness measurement and start/stop recognition via print marks and/or barcodes. Automatic systems capture block thickness and correct the settings (by adding the absolute values) transmitted for subsequent processing in the Bookjet® perfect binder KM 200.

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems

Bookjet® system: Web Folder WF 100

The WF 100 web folder for the KOLBUS Bookjet® system is the optimal solution for folding digital print products produced on an industrial scale.

Many technical features make the KOLBUS web folder an outstanding solution for digital print products. It’s capable of handling an unsurpassed range of paper grades, even very lightweight papers. Folding is in the grain direction of the paper, ready for any type of binding.

Benefits

  • Web folder for an ultra-wide range of book formats with variable cross cutting for folded signatures ‘open on three sides’ and folded with the grain of the paper
  • Folded signatures open on three sides are suitable for any type of binding, including thread stitching
  • Capable of processing an extremely wide paper spectrum including thin papers
  • Flexible choice of the number of pages per signature with preselectable collect modes
  • Compatible with and can be linked up to any existing web-fed digital print systems

Features

  • Alternate sheets turned over for excellent lie flat (no curl) and to ensure that facing pages match in optical density
  • High production speeds and output across the entire format range

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems

Bookjet® system: Casemaker DA 270

For fully automatic production of cases and digitally printed book covers with varying spine widths, especially for hardcover photobooks, at rates of up to 65 cycles/min.

Benefits

The DA 270 casemaker is a versatile machine for a wide range of applications. The machine with its non-stop case feeder is engineered to be ergonomic and extremely operator-friendly, so that it can be easily operated by one person.

Features

Cutter for board centre strips capable of automatically changing cutting widths from cycle to cycle. This allows the machine to produce, for example, hardcover photobooks where centre strip width is likely to vary from product to product. Width adjustment is completely automatic during running production with no change of material.

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Casemaker DA 290

For fully automatic production of book cases, files, display cards, calendar backs or game boards in extra large format sizes put to 40 cycles/min

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Inside lining machine SA 280

For fully automatic inside lining of book cases, files, display cards, calendar backs or game boards up to 105 cycles/min.

Benefits

  • Handling and operation similar to the matching casemaker
  • Inline operation with DA 280 and fully automated turnover
  • Separate drives, extremely low downtimes, remarkably less waste material, convenient handling
  • Double-cylinder system of the gluing station enables a thin and uniform glue application
  • Movable gluing station for processing cold glue and hot-glue
  • Multi-roll system for firm, crease free roll-down over the whole area

Features

Using as a single unit or coupling with DA 270

  • Board prestacking conveyor for automatic magazine reloading
  • Counter stacker delivery with following roller conveyor

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Casemaker DA 280

For fully automatic production of book cases, files, posters, calendar and board game components at speeds of up to 100 cycles/min.

Benefits

Our top-of-the-range DA 280 casemaker is a highly dynamic, high-speed machine that takes quality and productivity into new dimensions. A high return on investment was a top priority development target for this machine.

Features

Short set-up times and easy handling under the KOLBUS Copilot® system make for competitive unit costs, even when case formats are changed frequently. On the DA 280, edges are turned in as the cases are transported continuously through the machine. The relatively long turn-in time is a major reason why this head and tail turn-in system guarantees perfect edges regardless of what binding material is being used. Outstanding results are achieved, even with very resilient cover materials.

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Inside lining machine SA 270

For fully automatic inside lining of book cases, files, display cards, calendar backs or game boards up to 70 cycles/min.

Benefits

Handling and operation similar to the matching casemaker
Inline operation with DA 270 and fully automated turnover
Separate drives, extremely low downtimes, remarkably less waste material, convenient handling
Double-cylinder system of the gluing station enables a thin and uniform glue application
Movable gluing station for processing cold glue and hot-glue
Multi-roll system for firm, crease free roll-down over the whole area

Features

Using as a single unit or coupling with DA 270

  • Board prestacking conveyor for automatic magazine reloading
  • Counter stacker delivery with following roller conveyor

Using as a unit within box case processing line

  • Single case infeed
  • Turning device for single products
  • Single case delivery

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Casemaker DA 270

For fully automatic production of book cases, files, display cards, calendar backs or game boards, at rates of up to 65 cycles/min.

Benefits

The DA 270 casemaker is a versatile machine for a wide range of applications. The machine with its non-stop case feeder is engineered to be ergonomic and extremely operator-friendly, so that it can be easily operated by one person.

Features

Integrated cloth corner cutter incl. equipment for manufacturing cases with round corners.

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Inside lining machine SA 260

For fully automatic inside lining of book cases, files, display cards, calendar backs or game boards up to 45 cycles/min.

Benefits

Ergonomically perfect arrangement of the feeding and removal stations
Separate drives, extremely low downtimes, remarkably less waste material, convenient handling
Practice proven combination of automatic and manual adjustments
Double-cylinder system of the gluing station enables a thin and uniform glue application
Movable gluing station for processing cold glue and hot-glue

Features

Using as a single unit

  • Board magazine for manual loading
  • Counter stacker delivery with following roller conveyor

Coupling with DA 260

  • Board prestacking conveyor for automatic magazine reloading
  • Counter stacker delivery with following roller conveyor

Using as a unit within box case processing line

  • Single case infeed
  • Turning device for single products
  • Single case delivery

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Product category: Book casemaking machines

Casemaker DA 260

For fully automatic production of book cases, files, posters, calendar and board game components at speeds of up to 40 cycles/min.

Benefits

Our DA 260 casemaker is a professional machine engineered to exacting specifications. Simple, one-man operation and fast and simple set-up contribute to the DA 260’s high productivity.

Features

The DA 260 was also engineered to be exceptionally operator-friendly. Input and output zones are at an operator-friendly height and ergonomically efficient. Make-ready is quick and easy with semi-automated settings. The operator always has a clear view of the whole machine. The machine is also ideal for small-batch or custom products using multi-section and thin boards.

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Product category: Three-knife trimmers

Three-knife Trimmer HD-HD 143

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Product category: Three-knife trimmers

Three-knife Trimmer HD 153.P

The HD 153.P operating at up to 6,600 cuts/h is the perfect three-knife trimmer for use with fast perfect binder lines in high-output operations.

Benefits

By combining tried-and-tested mechanical systems with ultra-modern electronics, KOLBUS can supply operator-friendly machines with very short make-ready times. They deliver highest quality in three-sided trimming of book blocks and softcover products.
Data input and belt control (option) are handled directly at the three-knife trimmer.

Features

The HD 153.P is simple to operate and fitted with the KOLBUS Copilot® system to deliver all the benefits of a highly automated operation. The HD 153.P can be configured for counter-stacker and magazine feed or with magazine feed alone.
Cutting sequence: 1st cut: side blades, 2nd cut: front blade. The trimmed products are picked up gently by a gripper and deposited on a conveyor belt.


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Product category: Three-knife trimmers

Three knife trimmer HD 153.M

The HD 153.M operating at up to 6,600 cuts/h is the perfect three-knife trimmer for use with fast perfect binder lines.

For three side trimming of book blocks and brochures, used as an individual machine or as a unit within book production lines in magazine mode and counting-in mode.

Benefits

By combining tried-and-tested mechanical systems with ultra-modern electronics, KOLBUS can supply operator-friendly machines with very short make-ready times. They deliver highest quality in three-sided trimming of book blocks and softcover products. Data input and belt control (option) are handled directly at the three-knife trimmer.

Features

The HD 153.M is simple to operate and fitted with the KOLBUS Copilot® system to deliver all the benefits of a highly automated operation. The HD 153.M can be used in counted-stack and magazine-fed operation. Magazine height can be set individually. Cutting sequence: 1st cut: front blade, 2nd cut: side blades. The trimmed products are picked up gently by a gripper and deposited on a conveyor belt.


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Product category: Three-knife trimmers

Three-knife Trimmer HD 143.P

For three side trimming of book blocks and brochures, used as an individual machine or as a unit within book production lines 4,200 cuts/h or 2,700 single products/h

The HD 143.P is the ideal downstream machine for perfect binders with output up to 7,000 cycles/h or as an upstream machine for book production lines operating at 30 and 70 cycles/min. This three-knife trimmer is also ideal for linking to a SIGLOCH book block gluing system operating at up to 45 cycles/min.

Benefits

By combining tried-and-tested mechanical systems with ultra-modern electronics, KOLBUS can supply operator-friendly machines with very short make-ready times. They will operate to the highest quality criteria over long service lives. Data input and belt control (option) are handled directly at the three-knife trimmer.

Features

The HD 143.P is simple to operate and fitted with the KOLBUS Copilot® system to deliver all the benefits of a highly automated operation. Book blocks arrive at the three-knife trimmer on a conveyor belt. Intake frequency is controlled via an intermittently operating roll to match the speed of the machine and the format of the block. Cutting sequence: 1st cut front blade, 2nd cut side blades. The trimmed products are picked up gently by a gripper and deposited on a conveyor belt.


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Product category: Perfect binding machines

Perfect Binder KM 600

For the production of perfect bound products and book blocks at speeds of 4,200 to 9,000 cycles/h.

Benefits

KOLBUS simplifies the cost calculations for entry-level perfect binding by offering a machine that is competitively priced, simple to operate and fitted with the KOLBUS Copilot@ system to deliver all the benefits of a highly automated operation.

Features

Features that contribute to outstanding product quality include the angled lift feed, the rugged clamping system and the swivel-mounted milling unit, which makes tool-changing far easier.

The KM 600.A with 21 or 27 clamps is designed as a universal perfect binder for the mid-range output market.

The KM 600.C with 24 or 31 transport clamps operates at 9,000 cycles/h. It i’s the fastest machine in this series and is currently capable of handling any application in softcover and magazine finishing.

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Product category: Perfect binding machines

Perfect Binder KM 412

For the production of perfect bound products such as magazines, journals and catalogues at speeds of 12,000 to 18,000 cycles/h.

Benefits

The high-performance perfect binders in our KM 412 series operate with swivel clamps and are capable of processing an impressive range of formats. Hallmarks of the fully automated machines are easy operation and very high production speeds.

Features

Variable options and a production-specific number of transport clamps for high-quality perfect binding and a balanced price/performance ratio. Fast make-ready for format changes. Products reach the perfect binder lying horizontally at the correct height. For the production of all types of softcover products, magazines, catalogues and as KM 412.B with lining station for layflat products and book block production.


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Product category: Perfect binding machines

Bookjet® system: Perfect Binder KM 200

Zero-make-ready perfect binder for all types of softcover products and book blocks at rates up to 5,000 cycles/h.

Benefits

The KOLBUS Bookjet® perfect binder KM 200 operates with 26 transport clamps which are engineered as swivelling clamps. The system features continuous, automatic make-ready. As the product is picked up by a transport clamp, the block thickness is measured and the value transmitted for fine adjustments to the spine processing tools and the scoring station.

Features

Highly dynamic axes adjust continuously to changing product thicknesses without specific make-ready processes. This allows the system to react precisely to thickness variations from product to product. The system can process folded sections and loose stacks of sheets. The covers for the digitally printed product are separated from a slanted stack by the rotary cover feeder. If there is a mismatch between block and cover, the covers are ejected ahead of the scoring station and can be reused.


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About us

Company details

KOLBUS GmbH & Co. KG develops, builds and markets machines and systems for post press processing and also offers industrial-scale solutions for digital print finishing with integrated workflow.

The production options that KOLBUS offers are backed up by the company’s project planning competence, a team of highly motivated application engineers, a global customer service network and remote service. We offer our customers new potential for process automation, flexibility and quality assurance.

For some years now, KOLBUS has been marketing an advanced new product line for the production of high-end packaging made of paper, board and carton. Technologically, the new product line borrows from the advanced laminating systems used in KOLBUS casemaking machines, which are fine-tuned for performance and superb quality. The finely crafted box packaging offers new options for luxury consumer goods packaging.

KOLBUS was founded in Rahden, Germany, in 1775 and began building book binding machinery here in 1900. For many years, exports have accounted for over 90% of sales. Today the company is one of the major suppliers of paper processing machinery. In its core business areas, KOLBUS is world market leader. In 2011, KOLBUS teamed up with a US manufacturer to add rotary die-cutting and flexo printing equipment for corrugated board packaging to its portfolio.

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Company data

Export content

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Number of employees

1000-4999

Foundation

1900

Area of business
  • postpress/ converting/ packaging
  • future technologies