PowerSquare™ 224

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.


The Watkiss PowerSquare™ 224 is a unique and innovative complete book making system for digital and offset print applications.

To suit different workflows, it is available in three configurations: online, nearline and offline.

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.

SquareBack Books

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.

Printer Compatibility

Canon / Océ

  • Océ VarioPrint i300
  • Canon imagePRESS C10000VP
  • Canon imagePRESS C700 / C800
  • Océ VarioPrint 6000 Series
  • Océ VarioPrint 4000 Series
  • Océ VarioPrint 2000 Series


  • Digimaster EX110, EX125, EX138, EX150

Konica Minolta

  • bizhub PRESS 2250P, 1250P, 1052
  • bizhub PRESS C1100, C1085


  • C7100 Series
  • C9100 Series
  • 8100 Series


  • Xerox iGen family
  • Xerox Nuvera family
  • Xerox Color Press family
  • Xerox Color 8250
  • Xerox Versant 2100

Please refer to the relevant page for online, nearline and offline configurations.

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.


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User Manuals

Please visit the PowerSquare Document Library.