The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications. It is available in three configurations to match your workflow: online, nearline or offline.
A streamlined booklet making system for high production environments. It enables publishing on demand with the World's leading digital printers.
The PowerSquare booklet maker & PowerSquare Sheet Feeder unite to give a rapid, near-line booklet making solution for digital printers.
The offline PowerSquare is the most powerful and versatile stand-alone booklet maker that you can choose.
A single booklet making solution
A single solution for books from 4 to 224 pages. No other booklet making system offers this flexibility.
SquareBack books can carry print on the spine, just like a perfect bound book. They are easy to handle, stack and pack.
Insert 1 - 6 stitches
Multiple stitching allows 2-up or 3-up production. The static stitch head ensures consistent alignment and quality.
Fast and Precise Setup
Job settings and memories are easily set in the colour touch screen panel.
There is no warm-up time, so the machine is always ready to run.
If required, the SquareBack finish can be switched off for thin books.
The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications.
In a single machine it combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack™ books up to 224 pages thick. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thickness.
The maximum book thickness, of 10.4mm (208 pages 80gsm, 224 pages 70gsm), is double that of alternative conventional booklet making machines, so it is ideally suited to higher paginations or to thicker stocks. This makes the Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 a fast and cost effective alternative to perfect binding or tape binding. Digital print applications frequently use heavier stocks and need the flexibility to produce a wider range of finished books from a single process, with little or no operator intervention - the Watkiss PowerSquare is a perfect match.
A Single Solution
The PowerSquare is a single solution for books from 4 - 224 pages. No other book making system offers this flexibility. It requires less capital outlay since one machine will finish virtually all production. It has the added advantage that printed sheets do not need any manual handling between different finishing devices.
The finished SquareBack™ books have the superior square-spined appearance of a perfect bound book, but with the security of a stitched spine. They lie flat and are easy to pack, stack and handle. There is no risk of loose pages and you can print on the spine.
Consistent, Quality Stitching
The PowerSquare has a single stitch head which inserts one to six stitches in the spine of the book. The stitch head and clincher are static the sheets move to the stitch, not vice versa. This means the stitch head and clincher never have to be moved, so alignment and stitch quality is consistently good.
Space-saving, Ergonomic Design
The PowerSquare has a very small floor space requirement significantly less than alternative book finishing methods. What’s more, when operating online to a printer, the finished books are delivered close to the normal operator position not several metres ‘down the line’.
Easy to Use
The PowerSquare is extremely easy to use. Simply enter the job parameters (paper size, book thickness and number of stitches) into the touchscreen and press ‘start’.The PowerSquare automatically sets the stitch position, the wire draw length (the stitch leg length), the amount of spine form required and the trim dimension. To make repeat jobs easier still, you can save the settings, each with a unique name, for instant recall when required.
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The PowerSquare is available in online, nearline and offline configurations.
- Online versions include automatic sheet rotation to suit the book making process while maximising printing speed.
- For nearline applications, a high volume sheet feeder is connected.
- The offline, handfed model provides a flexible book making solution which is instantly ready.
Additional options include a high capacity Book Stacker and a full bleed Trimmer for colour print applications.
Read how some of our customers use their PowerSquare™ 224, why they chose it, and the benefits they enjoy: