This is because the kinds of critical speeds at which faults are likely to occur in the folding process are not actually necessary to achieve output of over 18,000 sheets per hour when producing 16-page signatures in A4 format.
This innovative concept makes the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system an absolute peak performance machine. The combination of oblong format processing and shingled folding pairs two methods of increasing performance in one machine. The result is optimum efficiency – a completely new level of performance in industrial signature folding.
This peak performance is easily accessible to you. This is because the machine configuration comprising two folding stations with six buckle plates and pre-assembled slitter shafts is optimally coordinated and designed for the highest productivity. The folding programs together with all fine adjustments and the Air Management settings can be saved and quickly called back up for repeat jobs.
The secret to the success of the Stahlfolder TX 96 is therefore increasing the performance while keeping the machine speed the same through shingled folding and oblong format processing. The Stahlfolder TX 96 can be operated by one person when combined with the palamides alpha 700 hd stack delivery and automatic stacking with the Polar Transomat. This is how your folding machine keeps up with the performance of your press. Guaranteed.
Pallet feeder PFX – shingled feeding and two-step acceleration of sheets
With the PFX pallet feeder it has been possible for the first time to feed sheets into the folder in an overlapping shingle-stream, and no longer separately with sheet gap as before. Due to the overlapping of the sheets their infeed length is almost halved depending on the fold type. Much more sheets can be fed at the very same machine speed.
The PFX-feeder is optimized for large circulations to achieve a more stable production even with sensible materials. For the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system, the PFX-feeder is the start of a perfectly matched folder for highest productivity.
Modular control concept: your key to profitability
The machine control system of the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system supports the operator at all operations via the ergonomic touchscreen at the feeder. The operator has full access to the job management and the storage for repeat data.
The set-up assistant leads the operator through the individual steps of the job changeover process and provides graphical hints for the setting of required machine components.
Advantages of system configuration
Due to the given machine assembly of a Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system, neither the second fold unit nor the delivery must be removed in case of a job change. All necessary creasing and trimming tools are already included in the machine and are simply activated as required.
With the new TX 96 buckle plate unit and the pneumatic twin-lay device it is possible to process the shingled sheet stream of the feeder in the fold unit as well. This is the only way to make use of the productivity advantage of the shingled feeding throughout the whole folding machine up to the delivery. Thus with maximum overlapping in the fold unit it is possible to fold a total of 50 % more sheets in the same time and at the same mechanical speed. After the first fold the sheets are carried on with a sheet gap as usual. Before entering the second fold unit, the pneumatic twin-lay device ensures that the sheet stream is divided into two parallel sheet streams. Moreover the adapted machine speed of the second fold unit ensures stable production conditions and optimum fold quality.
Top fold accuracy and mark-free sheet guidance: the right folding roller technology for precise folding results
ExtraGrip folding roller technology
The Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system is equipped with ExtraGrip folding rollers with soft PU. The distribution of steel and polyurethane rings of the ExtraGrip folding rollers is designed in such a way that there is no crossover of steel segments with two folding rollers lying parallel. At the same time the drag force is essentially raised due to the number of polyurethane rings which was increased by approx. 30 % per folding roller. The effect: The rings work exactly in paper running direction so that excellent fold accuracy and an exact straightforward guidance of the signatures is achieved.
Motor-driven folding roller adjustment
For an exact adjustment of the gap of folding rollers and slitter shafts, the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system is equipped with a motor-driven folding roller adjustment. Here, the paper thickness is measured by the sensor of the double sheet detector at the feeder. A previous piling of paper to feed a learning sheet is not necessary. Therefore, the control system takes over the setting of folding roller gaps and the folding roller traction, considering fold type and paper specification.
Motor-driven combination buckle plates
The first buckle plate of the Stahlfolder TX 96 is equipped with a continuous sheet stop as well as with a continuous buckle-plate lip, ensuring top fold quality.
As a standard, motor-driven combination buckle plates are used. Depending on fold type and format the sheet stops are positioned and – in case of angle adjustments – the fold length is automatically compensated. With every new order an absolute parallelism of the sheet stops – even in deflector position – is guaranteed. All important buckle plate adjustments like clearance, buckle space, and pre-tension of the lower buckle-plate lip can also be done with running production.
Slitter shafts before and after the fold unit: processing like creasing, perforating and cutting
Standard equipment of the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system in the 1st fold unit is a single front-mounted pair of slitter shafts and a double rear-mounted pair of slitter shafts with lift function. All necessary tools are already included in the folding machine. The easy activating of the required tools allows for a quick change-over of the folder depending on the fold type.
The 45-degree undercarriage ensures with the compact construction of the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system that all operating elements can be reached easily and in an operator-friendly way. The second fold unit can be moved very easily, e.g. to adjust slitter shafts. Over the carriage rails, it slides precisely back into its production position.
After the first folding unit the shortened sheets are carried on with sheet gap as usual. Before entering the second folding unit, the pneumatic twin-lay device ensures that the very close sheet stream is divided into two parallel sheet streams. Moreover the adapted machine speed of the second fold unit ensures stable production conditions and optimum fold quality.
High-capacity delivery to guarantee your productivity
The palamides alpha 700 hd is a delivery matched to the Stahlfolder TX 96 folding system to process signatures. The fold products are pressed by the machine, gathered, piled and afterwards conveyed to the buffering table neatly jogged. The operating staff takes out the neatly aligned stacks from an ergonomically favorable working height. The stacks don’t need to be jogged resp. aligned manually anymore. This results in a relief of the operating staff and at the same time it maintains high productive capacities.
The alpha hd delivers mark-free, i.e. without smearing the signatures. In order to reduce the set-up time the delivery largely sets automatically.
For a further optimization of the one-man operation it is possible to position a Polar Transomat behind the palamides alpha 700 hd, in order to unload the product stacks on pallet automatically. For this purpose the piles must simply be arranged in one level so that the setting down on pallet can be done in layers automatically by the Polar Transomat. This allows the operator to process more than 18,000 sheets per hour comfortably at a moderate machine speed of 110 m/min.
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