The Hickok F-800 is a two web ruling machine for producing large
ruled sheets. With the optional flying splicers, it is a continuous
running machine for maximum output of ruled product. It rules both
sides of both webs in two colors in two directions. The F-800 is
very rugged, durable equipment and can be expected to give dozens
of years of service. Also, since it is not directly tied into bindery
equipment, the F-800 can be changed over to different products much
faster than the fully automatic machines. This feature gives it
great versatility with respect to different product applications.
Principle product applications include :
Bood Stock -- (stock for wirebound books complete with
covers, backs, and dividers.
Pad Stock -- (Two inserters, automatic splicing, and
/ Pad Stock -- (multiple inserters and use of easily
changeable blue line rollers)
One web of paper is brought from each of the Butler splicing heads
to each of the high speed ruling units. At the entry of the ruling
units, decurl devices remove paper curls. The webs are then flexographically
printed in a cross direction by the rubber covered printing drums
and then in the web direction by the blue line rollers. Both blue
line and red line registration (top and bottom of web) can be adjusted
on the fly. Following ruling, the webs are slit perforated, if desired,
then combined before entering the cut-off unit. For certain products,
ring holes can be punched with an optional rotary punch drum unit.
As the stream of overlapped sheets moves along the conveying section,
a gate stops the sheets momentarily at pre-determined counts for
inserting covers, backs, or dividers. The sheets with the inserts
are carried into the pile delivery, where independent joggers and
an automatic lowering platform stack the product into a tightly
jogged pile. When the pile reaches the uploading height, the pile
extractor forks are brought into the pile delivery unit to catch
the oncoming sheets while the completed pile is removed and a fresh
pallet put onto the platform. The platform is raised, the pile extractor
forks removed, and normal operation continues. Similarly, at the
input paper roll end, fresh rolls are loaded into the Butler splicers
and threaded into the splicing heads while the machine is running.
When the running rolls expire, the new rolls are automatically spliced
on, and the operator can reload fresh rolls at his/her convenience
while the F-800 continues to run. The inserters are also designed
for quick reloading and can be set up for continuous operation by
programming multiple inserters when feeding one type of insert.
Notice only one human operator can run the machine if there is sufficient
help to bring the rolls of paper and inserts to the machine and
prepare them for loading/ take away.
RUNNING SPEED : 1,172 feet per minute (357 m/minute)
WIDTH : 44.25 inches (112.4 cm) maximum, 24 inches (61
BASIC MACHINE CONFIGURATION
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