Konica Minolta Releases Watkiss PowerSquare 224 for Combined Book-Making Process

Ramsey, NJ – August 10, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services, announced today its release of the Watkiss PowerSquare 224, a complete book-making system for digital print applications, for its monochrome bizhub PRESS products.

In a single machine, the PowerSquare combines the four processes of stitching, folding, spine forming and trimming to produce SquareBack books up to 224 pages thick. The maximum book thickness, of 10.4mm, 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. It features fully automatic settings for different book size and pagination, including variable stitch-leg length for varying book thickness. The PowerSquare supports booklets of various types and sizes for:

  • SquareBack Books
  • Thin Books
  • Manuals
  • Catalogs
  • Brochures and Pamphlets
  • Magazines
  • Reports

Generally intended for mid- and high-production environments, the PowerSquare is easy to use. Simply enter the job parameters into the touch-screen and press ‘Start.’ To make repeat jobs easier still, you can save the settings — each with a unique name — for instant recall when required. The PowerSquare requires a small floor space. When operating with online connection to your printer, its ergonomic layout delivers finished books close to the normal operator position, saving time and reducing operator fatigue.

“Konica Minolta continually looks to bring solutions to our customers that increase the value of their output and expand their market opportunities,” says Kevin P. Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Only the PowerSquare 224 can offer added value by producing a sharper, higher quality finished product.”