Printers in the mid production segment are now capable of producing longer sheets that are printed in DUPLEX with accurate front to back registration. This is accelerating the migration from offset to digital print for several key applications.
Until now, practical, cost-effective feeding solutions for the long sheets have not been available in the mid production marketplace. The Plockmatic LCT XL (Large Capacity Tray) option can be added to selected Ricoh Pro printer/copiers, and also can be connected directly to the print engine or in combination with a Ricoh LCIT vacuum tray. The unit is able to feed long sheets up to 700mm or 27.5” on a variety of stock with weights up to 400gsm from the two vacuum trays.
The landscape booklet is a perfect example of a situation where two long sheet trays are needed for a production workflow. The LCT from Plockmatic is the perfect solution that solves this long sheet feeding problem.
With the addition of the optional Long Sheet Module sheets up to 1260mm or 49.6” can be fed through, meaning that you can produce trifold or gate folded applications.
The optional LSM XL module mounts on top of the LCT XL and adds a third pick point of sheets up to 1260mm/49.6” long. The LSM XL uses an Air assisted friction feed hybrid technology designed to handle sheets up to 400gsm both coated and uncoated stock.
The LSM XL is also equipped with an LED indicator that informs operator that this tray is being used in a feeding sequence or when an error has occurred and how much paper is left in that tray.
Each tray is equipped with sensor arrays that enable automatic sheet size detection for standard sheet sizes. The operator loads the sheets and the LCT XL automatically detects the size.
Each tray is equipped with an Ultra Sonic double feed detection system that makes sure the unit detects double feed on very heavy media, special media (such as black), or metallic media that is being fed from the tray.
Each tray is equipped with a sensor array that detects the number of sheets being separated from the stack before they are being fed. This information is used to automatically control the air flow in each tray.
The Plockmatic LCT XL is equipped with its own User Interface, however for standard operation the operator doesn’t need to use this interface. All job settings are done on the printer UI as you would with the Ricoh LCIT. The UI is used to save special feeder settings for a specific media, this is stored in the LCT media library and is easily loaded when needed.
The UI on the Plockmatic LCT can also be used for advanced setup of the LCT when the auto functions is not enough. Advanced operators can then simply go in and control the fans individually to get the unit to consistently feed difficult media. These settings can then easily be stored in the media library.
The Plockmatic LCT XL is equipped with blue LED bars on the outside of each tray indicating the amount of paper left in each tray so the operator easily can see when it is time to add paper to the tray.