Q. Why is your products' range called MAXIMA?
R. Because in the beginning the target -now reached- was to create the biggest format collator, capable to give the maximum performance to customers in terms of speed and productivity.
Q. On your general brochure we see machines painted in grey and others in orange: is it possible to choose in between different colours?
R. The institutional colours have always been, and still remain, the orange and black. But recently we intruduced the light grey as a fresher color, more suitable to the general new equipment colours. Anyhow it's possible to ask for any RAL colour you'd like, always beside the basic black colour we use.
Q. How can the MAXIMA system grant the minimum wearing of parts?
R. Because being engineered on the bicycle principle, the MAXIMA uses, for all its movements, just 3 cams of a very small diameter. It's therefore easy to understand how rare is the chance of brakedowns. Moreover the collator runs only in one direction, without stop-and-go turbulences.
Q. How can the MAXIMA grant the perfect sheets' separation in the feeders?
R. The MAXIMA feeder is the perfect reproduction of the feeder of a typographic machine (for this reason we can grant that any kind of stock you can print, we can collate it). The telescopic suckers, the back-side separating springs, the back blowers with constant blast and the side blowers with high pressure alternated blast, are all devices which grant the perfect separation of the sheets in the pile. It is demonstrable reality that the MAXIMA is capable to run piles of pre-punched one-time-carbon paper of 18 g/m2, plastic overlays of 60 mm, up to chipboards of 900 g/m2 (2 mm thickness!).
Q. How can the MAXIMA grant a nearly uninterrupted productivity?
R. Seen the high running speed of this collator it would be a non-sense not to equip the machine of the extremely useful preloading devices as a standard. By the time the collator is running, the operator can -in a totally suitable and safe position- prepare the next load of paper straight on the whole line. It is therefore necessary to stop the machine to be reloaded, but, being the piles ready beside it, the operator will only take about 40" per station to do the procedure. That's how we can grand a nearly uninterrupted productivity and surely the highest results.
Q. Does the MAXIMA use any anti-static device?
R. Te rotating transport principle doesn't create any static energy residual on the sheets. For this reason any anti-static bar is normally used, unless for very specific applications, like the plastic cards' production (like overlay for credit cards, top-covers for calendars etc…) which in this way can be processed more easily. Nevertheless the missing need rises from the simplicity of the MAXIMA movements.
Q. How does the electro-pneumatic control works?
R. This main device, mounted as a standard on every station of all the MAXIMA versions, works as a double and a missing sheet detector at the same time. It's a precision calliper with high sensibility where the sheet is tested to detect its thickness. Based on Pitagora's principle, this tester amplifies the real sheet thickness to grant a higher accuracy measure. In case of double or missing sheet the detector signals the error by a red light and immediately stops the collator. The automatic wrong-set-ejection is available, can be supplied as an option, but its strongly not unadvisable (on the MAXIMA as well as on any other machine).
Q. How does the ball-bearing cushion on preloads work?
R. To facilitate the papers' pile feeling from the preloads into the stations, the preloads and lifting trays in the 35x50 model can be equipped of an useful ball-bearing-cushion (as the ones in the guillotines, but without blowing air) which simplifies and makes lighter the operators' job.
Q. What's the maximum number of cycles that can be programmed in the programming stations?
R. In theory this number is infinite, it's therefore possible to program any sequence, different for each station. On a collator upto 4 individually programming stations can be installed. Should the number of the stations to be programmed be higher, it's therefore necessary to equip the collator with a computer central control unit, very useful also for the number of different functions which it has (it's useful on machines with a high number of stations, in the calendars' production, checks' production, pre-numbered jobs in general and specials).
Q. What type of materials can be loaded in the collator and what are the min. and max. thicknesses?
R. Thanks to the MAXIMA typographic feeders Which make possible the collation of any kind of stock which can be printed in a press, practically all kinds of stocks are collectable with the MAXIMA lines. Therefore there are no problems with neither the one-time-carbon 18 g/m2 paper, nor the back cardboard for the calendars upto 2 mm thickness.
Q. In the high pile delivery devices, what's the maximum output height?
R. Independently if you're working with or without the alternation, in the high pile delivery units the max. receivable height is of mm 800 in the MAXIMA 35x50, of mm 600 in the MAXIMA 50x70, 50x80 e 60x80, and of mm 1.300 in the MAXIMA 70x100.
Q. When the pile of paper at the MAXIMA output is completed, does the collator stop automatically?
R. Yes, once the pile of paper in the output will have reached the max. height a sensor will let the whole line stop automatically. The high pile delivery exits for all the MAXIMA versions are supplied with 2 discharging trolleys to allow a fast re-start when one complete pile has been removed, without having to wait for its dischargement.
Q. Is it possible to alternate the sets in the high pile delivery?
R. All the high pile delivery exit versions (apart from the 70x100 one) are supplied as a standard with the alternation option which can be switched on when necessary. A pneumatic cylinder will move beside for a few centimetres one set yes and one no. The final result will be a pile with alternated sets (left and right) easily re-findable for the next process handling. The alternation width is adjustable in between 1 and 4 cm.
Q. Does the manual feeding table take more time for the line start up?
R. The manual feeding table can be installed nearly on all the independent finishing devices which can therefore be manually off-line fed. The required time for the installation of the manual feeding table doesn't exceed 5 minuts and is not making the final set up time.
Q. Is it important that the cardboard head boards are pre-punched?
R. For the calendars' finishing lines with cardboard head it's indispensable that the cardboard heads are carefully pre-punched bifore being loaded in the MAXIMA.
Q. In the machines equipped with the gluing system, where is the glue tank located?
R. Each station can be equipped with the glue option. Each of those stations will have a glue tank of 1 L beside each station shoulder. This, thanks to the constant low pressure applied on the top of the tank, constantly feeds the glue system. In the machines equipped with an hot-melt gluing system, a 2,5 or 4 or 8 Kg tank will be located as near as possible by the applying point.
Q. With which packing machines can you offer an in-line solution?
R. Normally every customer is free to choose the model and the brand they prefer, based on their own specific needs. Obscure's experience till today brought to the use of machines from FAI (Italy) and BECK (Germany). Our technical staff is capable to design specific conveyors with most of he existing machines in order to satisfy any need.