Max size 310x400x80mm
Max stack height 80mm
Speed Up to 6,000 cuts per hour
Max front off-cut width 40mm
Max head and tail off-cut width 50mm
Weight 5.2 tonnes
Price New: ?185,000
Kolbus has been building bookbinding machines at its headquarters in Rahden, Germany, since 1900, but it didn't launch it's first three-knife cutter, the HD 150,until 1982. Targeted at high-volume printers using multiple binding lines, as its name implies, the machine was capable of trimming three sides of a book block at the same time. According to Greg Bird, sales manager for Kolbus UK, the HD 150 was the first machine of its type to feature scoring knives.
"Scoring the product before being trimmed prevented nipping of the covers," explains Bird.
Today, there are two versions of the machine: the 150.B and the HD 153.P. Introduced in 1998, the 150.B was an entry-level, simplified version of the trimmer. This was followed by the introduction of the 1503P at Ipex 2006. The ?P' stood for programmable, with the model fitted with Copilot and featuring a central adjustment console.