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Meccanotecnica S.p.A.

Via Casale, 16, 24060 Torre de Roveri (BG)
Italy

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drupa 2020 hall map (Hall 16): stand B42

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drupa 2020 fairground map: Hall 16

Contact

Stefano Formentini

Marketing Manager

Phone
+39035585233

Email
formentinis@meccatec.it

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.065  JDF applications
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.135  Book-on-demand systems
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.145  Book block feeders

Book block feeders

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.150  Book block lining and headband gluing machines

Book block lining and headband gluing machines

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.155  Book block nipping and smashing presses

Book block nipping and smashing presses

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.175  Book manufacturing lines

Book manufacturing lines

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.185  Book back gluing and back stripping machines

Book back gluing and back stripping machines

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.195  Book stackers

Book stackers

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.210  Three-knife trimmers
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.230  Nipping presses
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.275  Endpapering machines
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.280  Book block collating machines

Our products

Product category: Thread sewing machines, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

asterEL, automatic book sewing machine

The solution for lay-flat book production within reach of a wider range of customers

The newest Entry Level Model, asterEL, offers the same basic features and engineering quality found on larger models of the aster range. With the release of this solution, Meccanotecnica brings top technology within reach of a wider range of customers than ever.

With a running top speed of 10.000 cycles/h, asterEL is the quickest Entry Level model, the most competitive in terms of operating costs and energy efficiency and it has set a new standard in the market.

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Product category: Thread sewing machines, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

asterEVO, automatic book sewing machine

The solution for lay-flat book production with demanding quality requirements

asterEVO is a compact book sewing machine offering high performance and the top engineering quality of the aster range.

Several solutions already appreciated on the high range models have been applied to asterEVO in order to obtain maximum reliability and efficiency.

FEATURES
asterEVO, book sewing machine, features a running top speed of 12.000 cycles/h and design that incorporates the latest solutions able to fulfill demanding quality requirements. The front guard automatically slides open making the operation overview extremely user-friendly.

COMPACT DESIGN
The book sewing machine features an extraordinary compact design, with loading and unloading station only 1 meter apart.

STAGGERED STITCH
asterEVO, book sewing machine, features, upon request, the stagger stitch. This reduces thread build-up at the spine which is particularly significant with high signature-count books printed on thin paper.

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Product category: Thread sewing machines, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

asterPRO, automatic book sewing machine

The solution for lay-flat books when excellence is a must
asterPRO incorporates all the cutting-edge technology for automatic book sewing.
This is Meccanotecnica’s most complete book sewing machine, the flagship unit; the perfect balance between automation and precision, speed and reliability.
The asterPRO series come in two models: asterPRO and asterPRO 52 for multiple-up books.

INNOVATIVE FULL CYCLE® TECHNOLOGY
These models are now available also in the FULL CYCLE version that features the FULL CYCLE® TECHNOLOGY, allowing the sewing of books without the blind stitch.

IMPROVED BINDING AND LOCKING
Thanks to the new technology the last signature is pulled closer to the previous one, making the book tighter. Moreover, the mechanical locking of the stitch allows using threads of any kind and thickness.

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Product category: Thread sewing machines, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production

asterTOP, automatic book sewing machine

The solution for lay-flat books when speed is a must
asterTOP has shattered any speed record with its 18.000 cycles/h. It is the ideal solution when the top output is a “must”. Perfect for high-performance gathering and sewing lines.

The automatic book sewing machine features three cam boxes: two for the sewing and one for the feeder. These devices minimize vibrations and maintenance despite high output speed.

The secret of this model is increasing the speed by lowering paper stress. This has been achieved thanks to a new driving system, a new feeder squaring station and particularly by lowering the feeder speed and reducing the head register transfer.

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Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Thread sewing machines, Book block collating machines

Uniplex, gathering and sewing line

Gathering and sewing line: the solution for quick book production when output is a must
Uniplex is the quickest line on the market, ideally suited for any production, particularly: diaries, children books, annual reports, cookbooks, and yearbooks.

The line is a combination of gathering modules, MX4 or MX4/52 connected to an asterTOP, an asterPRO or an asterPRO/52.

GATHERING MACHINE
Signatures are easily loaded into the large-capacity hopper from either side of the gathering machine. If required the hoppers tilt angle can be set individually, in order to avoid any marking. The width of all hoppers is set simultaneously and quickly.

The rotary extractor drums are equipped with signature thickness control, which detects miss-feeds and double pickups. The gathering machine features sequential start-up and emptying. The speed automatically changes according to the requirements of the sewing machine.

The MX4 gathering machine also allows the double hopper feeding: a special and useful system of gathering the same signature on the two adjacent gathering stations.

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Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Thread sewing machines, Book block collating machines

Multiplex SA, gathering and sewing line

Gathering and sewing line: the solution for book production when output and efficiency are the musts
The MULTIPLEX SA gathering and sewing line provide the most efficient way of producing sewn books.
The solution minimizes production costs by eliminating the intermediate handling and the non-productive processes as storage and transport of gathered signatures.
In an average configuration, Multiplex is run by just two operators.
In combination with asterTOP, thanks to a record speed of 18.000 cycles/h for each sewing unit, Multiplex provides unmatched output performance.
The line consists of one MX4 or MX4/52 gathering machine and up to three ASTER book-sewing machines, either asterTOP, asterPRO or asterPRO/52.

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Product category: Thread sewing machines, JDF applications, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book-on-demand systems

Universe, automatic book sewing machine

Sheet-fed solution for fast and versatile digital book production
UNIVERSE, the new “sheet-fed” automatic book folding, and sewing machine outclasses the previous versions in term of performance, reaching remarkable productivity levels by improving the process efficiency.

The solution allows cost-effective binding of short runs and guarantees the production of high-quality books.

DOUBLE FEEDING VERSION
UNIVERSE, book sewing machine, is also available in the ”double feeding” version that features an automatic signature feeder to combine sheets from digital with offset signatures.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES
This system is ideal for the production of yearbooks, diaries, religious books, thus opening new opportunities for printers. Alternatively, the unit runs as a traditional book sewing machine.

SELF-LEARNING CAPABILITY
Thanks to the auto programming feature, the book-sewing machine runs different jobs on-the-fly. 

Books, with the same format but different page count, are automatically managed thanks to smart barcode technology. In this working mode, the only task of the operator is to follow loading and unloading.

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Product category: Thread sewing machines, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book-on-demand systems

Universe Web, automatic book sewing machine

The solution for high volume digital book production directly from the roll

The new Universe Web, automatic book sewing machine, integrates unwinding and cutting processes, allowing cost-effective binding of short and medium runs and the production of high-quality books.

The line reduces production costs by minimizing labor force and eliminating non-productive steps such as paper cutting, stacking, and handling.

INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Universe Web, book sewing machine, significantly increases productivity by reducing loading time (compared to a sheet-fed version), by improving the overall efficiency (new collating station), and by reducing to a minimum manual intervention (new automation capabilities).

PREMIUM BOOK QUALITY
The process of scoring and folding every single sheet guarantees:
  • the production of high-quality book blocks;
  • maximum flexibility in book composition, avoiding the addition of white pages.

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Product category: Book-on-demand systems, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book block lining and headband gluing machines, Book block nipping and smashing presses, Book manufacturing lines, Book back gluing and back stripping machines, Nipping presses, Endpapering machines

Inline, multifunctional back gluer

INLINE is Meccanotecnica's new multifunctional and modular book finishing line.
This unit enables multiple forms of finishing for hard or softcover books.

HIGH DEGREE OF AUTOMATION
While processing books for the casing-in, INLINE handles blocks with different thickness on the fly.
Two thickness-reading devices automatically set up the machine, reducing the make-ready time to a few seconds. The first, located at the in-feed, reads the book thickness and automatically set the width of the transport channel. The second, located after the end-papering module, reads the spine thickness for the perfect adjustments of the glue application.

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Product category: Three-knife trimmers, Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book-on-demand systems

Trimming, fully automatic three-knife trimmer

Trimming is the new compact three-knife trimmer able to perform fully variable changeovers without operator intervention and to manage runs down to one book with the widest range of formats.
The unit features special devices that enable to cut covers with flaps and to process layflat photo books (glued back-to-back).

ZERO SET-UP TIME
The three-knife trimmer features, upon request, BOOK-OF-ONE capability that allows processing books with different format and thickness automatically. The barcode camera acquires book and trim sizes while the thickness reading system completes the information to perform the set-up. This capability increases productivity when processing ultra-short run by eliminating set-up time and manual intervention.

COVERS WITH FLAPS
Upon request, the three-knife trimmer allows producing books with gate-folded covers in one pass. Vacuum heads open the cover upwards and downwards outside the cutting area to allow the trimming of the front. The system is activated via a control panel or completely automated via barcode allowing maximum production efficiency.

LAYFLAT PHOTOBOOKS
Trimming features, upon request, silicon spray pads for layflat photo books. The system applies silicon on the entire length of the knives allowing to process books glued back-to-back.

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Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book block feeders

Fido, book block feeder

The solution for automatic, high-performance book loading
Meccanotecnica, the world leader of sewing equipment, designed and developed FIDO – book block feeder - for loading thread-bound book to the perfect binder or hardcover finishing line. This very compact unit features unmatched high performance and a very large hopper. Thanks to its three-meter long slip-torque conveyor, loading is comfortably and easily achieved by just one operator. The book piles are gently forwarded to the loading station where extracting rollers separate the blocks, ensuring the proper feeding to the finishing line.


 

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Product category: Machines and equipment for book and brochure production, Book stackers

Stacker

The Stacker enables more efficient unloading of sewn book blocks
Books are stacked up to a maximum height of 120 mm and delivered on a roller conveyor close to the loading area. When ordered with the Sistema pre-loader, the Stacker is equipped with a two-meters slip-torque roller delivery in order to keep the loading and delivery station close together.

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Our trade marks

ASTER
UNIVERSE

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Sep 11, 2019

PRINT-ON-DEMAND, MECCANOTECNICA'S SOLUTIONS FOR EFFICIENT BOOK PRODUCTION

How to cost-effectively produce high-quality books in short runs
Print-on-demand is rapidly becoming mainstream and an alternative to traditional publishing practices.
The introduction of POD technology and the adoption of new business models by digital printers, binders, and publishers have generated a new range of books and enabled opportunities unthinkable only a few years ago. Technology innovation, in fact, has a disruptive power that can change the whole industry, but it also opens new possibilities.
Digital production currently accounts for 10% of all printed books in Europe, with a predicted CAGR of 15% between 2017 and 2022, according to the report "Market overview" by Caslon. Today, moreover, print runs of 100-500 copies account for the largest portion of book printers' and publishers' print volume, as stated by a recent InfoTrend survey.

SELF-PUBLISHING
Self-publishing is the publication of media by its author without the involvement of a publisher. Although it is not a new phenomenon, being used in the past by renowned authors such as Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Marcel Proust to mention few names, it is now radically changed and accessible by anyone who desires to publish its own manuscripts.

A NEW CATEGORY OF BOOKS
Print-on-demand has created a new category of books made by ordinary people who want to record and print copies of their memories. Photobooks are the most vivid example with on-line and cloud services that make book editing easy and quick for anyone.

NEW PUBLISHING BUSINESS MODELS
Many publishers have adopted in recent years new business models as a way to save money by reducing the cost of the book in its entire life cycle. By using the POD business model, publishers print books in short runs, addressing more accurately the market demand and avoiding letting books sit on a bookshelf or in a warehouse.

POD can be useful for publishers in managing backlist titles or niche publications such as specialistic academic works; the sales of these titles, taken individually may be irrelevant, but cumulative sales can be significant. Publishers, by printing small batches at a time, reduce the risk of demand forecasting, avoiding to inadvertently print many more copies than necessary and pay the cost of warehousing and pulping.

THE BOOK-FINISHING SIDE
Meccanotecnica offers printers and binders a complete range of book-finishing solutions to exploit POD technology, allowing them to produce high-quality books in short runs.

UNIVERSE, AUTOMATIC BOOK-SEWING MACHINE
UNIVERSE, “sheet-fed” automatic book folding and sewing machine allows cost-effective binding of short runs and guarantees the production of high-quality books.

UNIVERSE WEB, AUTOMATIC BOOK-SEWING MACHINE
Universe Web, automatic book sewing machine, integrates unwinding and cutting processes, allowing cost-effective binding of short and medium runs and the production of high-quality books. This is the solution for high volume digital book production directly from the printed roll.

INLINE, MULTIFUNCTIONAL BACK GLUER
INLINE is a multifunctional and modular book finishing line. This unit enables multiple forms of finishing for hard or softcover sewn books. Its high degree of automation makes this line a perfect match for short-run production of high-quality books.

TRIMMING, FULLY AUTOMATIC THREE-KNIFE TRIMMER
Trimming is the new compact three-knife trimmer able to perform fully variable changeovers without operator intervention and to manage runs down to one book with the widest range of formats.

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Aug 1, 2019

EFFICIENCY IN OFFSET BOOK PRODUCTION

Technology advances through Uniplex-asterPRO gathering and sewing line
In this White Paper, we discuss the three key management issues that book manufacturers in the U.S. are facing, according to the State of the Industry Report published by BMI (Book Manufacturers Institute Inc.).
The U.S. Printing Industry is strong and improving year after year. The outlook for the future shows promising data thanks to a strong economic scenario and a consumer’s positive attitude towards print and physical books.
There will be significant opportunities for book manufacturers but also some challenges.
With Uniplex-asterPRO, Full Cycle® version, Meccanotecnica has taken steps to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, allowing bookbinders to address the three major issues highlighted below and explained in this white paper.

LABOR SHORTAGE ENVIRONMENT
The U.S. Printing Industry faces the challenge to operate in a labor shortage environment. The unemployment rate declined to a 49-year low in 2018. In Q4 2018, the jobless rate was 3.8 percent. The lowest rate since Q4 of 1969.

FACTORY PAYROLL
The major cost items for book printers are people and paper. The number one expenditure in relation to sales is the total payroll cost, around 40%. Paper cost comprised an additional 25%.

LACK OF SKILLED PERSONNEL
With the U.S. economy at full employment, labor is a challenge for most businesses. It is an even bigger challenge for the printing industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the printing and related support activities industry will have the fourth steepest decline in available labor of any industry, trailing the labor decline in the postal service, publishing, and wired telecommunication.



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About us

Company details

Meccanotecnica Group is the world's leading manufacturer of automatic book-sewing machines and lines both for offset and digital printing for the industrial production of books.

ASTER AND UNIVERSE BRANDS
Under the ASTER and UNIVERSE brands, we offer the widest range of book-sewing machines on the market.

From the fastest solution, asterTOP, to asterEL's “entry-level” investment. From the cutting-edge gathering and sewing lines like Uniplex and Multiplex to the new solutions for digital print finishing like Universe, Sheet-fed and Web-fed.

ASTER: Meccanotecnica's book sewing machine brand, Aster, is globally known as state-of-the-art technology as well as a guarantee of reliability and high level of performance.

UNIVERSE: This is the brand that encompasses the book-sewing machines for digital print finishing, either sheet-fed and web-fed.

Today Meccanotecnica counts numerous installations around the world: single units that meet every need, as well as sophisticated automatic gathering and sewing lines.

SOLUTIONS FOR BOOK FINISHING
To maintain our position as a leading manufacturer of high-end bookbinding solutions, we embraced the changes made possible by technological innovation to extend our portfolio to cover the entire book production process.
Specifically designed for short-run production and quick change over time: INLINE, modular and multifunctional book finishing line and TRIMMING, fully automatic three-knife trimmer.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Continuous innovation and premium engineering quality are the keys to our success. A large team of experienced engineers continuously works on new projects and software to meet bookbinders’ requirements.

New solutions are simulated and later tested under real conditions before they are approved for serial production.

IN-HOUSE CRITICAL PARTS MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Meccanotecnica Group has a dedicated facility for in-house production of all major components. In our dedicated machine shop, three fully automated CNC centers along with other machine tools allow the production of critical components, ensuring the highest quality control in every production phase.

OUR MOTTO
This motto highlights our commitment towards innovation and expresses our belief that the BOOK, the printed one, is living a new rebirth, taking advantage of new business models that see a complementary use of different printing technologies (offset and digital), maintaining a key role in the FUTURE of the publishing industry and in our life.

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Company data

Sales volume

10-49 Mio US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees

100-499

Foundation

1964

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