Watkiss and Xerox show new automated booklet line on IPEX

Watkiss and Xerox will show a complete line for booklets during IPEX. The Xerox Versant 3100 digital production printer will be the input for Watkiss´ new PowerSquare PSQ160X booklet maker. The system is ideal for the fast growing mid volume segment. Read more about the IPEX introduction in the press release below.



Watkiss Automation will partner with Xerox at IPEX 2017 on Stand H300 to showcase the full production journey from job input to finished booklet output.  Visitors will be able to see Watkiss’ new PowerSquare™ PSQ160X booklet maker working inline with the Xerox Versant 3100 Press to produce full bleed colour booklet applications.

The PSQ160X, part of the PowerSquare 160 Series, is Watkiss’ new booklet maker for Xerox printers and it is the first time this new configuration will be exhibited and demonstrated.

“We have been a Xerox Business Innovation Partner for many years and we work closely with Xerox during our product development cycles” explains Paul Attew, Watkiss Sales Director, “We welcome the opportunity to jointly showcase this configuration at IPEX 2017.  The PowerSquare 160 complements our PowerSquare 224 range by providing a SquareBack™ booklet making solution that is designed specifically for mid-volume applications, delivering outstanding book quality and versatility combine with reliable performance.”

Zerographic, a Xerox Platinum Business Partner is facilitating the implementation at IPEX 2017. Mike Holyoake, Group Sales Director at Zerographic commented “we are delighted to be partnering with Watkiss in a first showing for both the finishing company and Xerox. Zerographic are providing a Xerox Versant 3100 Colour Press with EFI Controller connected inline to the new Watkiss PowerSquare 160 Booklet Maker in what will be the first public showing and demonstration at IPEX of this new innovative solution.”

Kevin O`Donnell, Xerox Head of Marketing – Graphic Communications and Production Systems adds “I am very pleased to be working with our partners Watkiss and Zerographic at IPEX 2017, it will see the first showing globally of the Watkiss PowerSquare160 Booklet maker running in-line with the Xerox® Versant 3100 Press. The Xerox Versant 3100 Press is the most automated system in today’s market using the latest technologies to bring high levels of image quality, accuracy and consistency and by adding the new Watkiss capability we offer print businesses a powerful production tool to streamline existing processes and gain new opportunities.”

Watkiss is exhibiting on Stand H300 and will be demonstrating print finishing systems including booklet making, perfect binding, laminating and paper cutting.

IPEX 2017 takes place at the NEC 31st October – 3rd November 2017.

Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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