We are thinking of going from a Xerox with the square fold trimmer to one with a Plockmatic 35/55 and I am wondering how the fold and spine quality compare. Our Xerox unit makes some really nice looking square back folds.
My guess is it would be a better finished product than the xerox version. Is the for the RCT module too? Idk who you would be able to get them for the same price. Last time we looked at adding a plock it was going to be like 50k more over the lease which was like 900ish/month more. But this was for the full unit, booklet maker, rotate crease and trim, square fold and face trim. I think a lot of people get them without the full bleed capabilities.We are thinking of going from a Xerox with the square fold trimmer to one with a Plockmatic 35/55 and I am wondering how the fold and spine quality compare. Our Xerox unit makes some really nice looking square back folds.
I think it depends on what machine your running now. We have a V3100 with the full bleed inline kit. The 2 sided trimmer is pretty good when you get it dialed in. The bookletmaker is pretty robust (30 sheets 20# bond, 25 sheets 80# gloss text) and the fold is also good. I think the downfall of the package is the face trimming. The unit squares the spine nicely, or if you apply low compression it gives it a good flat booklet. The face trimming will sometimes be pretty skewed. The only time I really notice it is if there is a line running parallel to the face trim. Most of them come out straight, some come out looking like a politician (crooked) lol.Yeah, the rotate crease and trim unit cost more than all the other modules combined. We were fine without it. The books come out nice and flat, so no problem throwing on the cutter for a top and bottom trim. The Xerox square fold and trim unit (my understanding is that it is a Plock 104 in Xerox skin) just forms the square spine and trims. the initial fold is from the Xerox finisher which can be unpredictable if you use heavy or slippery covers. The plock 350/500 folds nice every time and have lots of adjustment for fold and staple position and good control over the spine.
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