Stacking & strapping - Palamides

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Palamides - Automatic delivery systems for folders and saddle-stitchers

  • Compact solutions for in-line ergonomic stacking and banding
  • Mobility aids quick changeovers from one process to another
  • Large format range provides greater versatility
  • Variable operating modes: shingled stream or single sheet
  • Left or right product delivery offers added flexibility
  • Multiple-up output and coloured banding for increased productivity


Higher productivity, together with lower personnel costs, can result from using Automatic Stacker Delivery systems manufactured by Palamides and supplied exclusively in the UK and Ireland by Friedheim International.

The Gama automatic delivery provides a higher productivity at lower personnel costs, ensuring easy to handle bundles from the folders or saddle stitchers. Whether folding products, greeting cards, brochures or mailings - the Gamma can be set up in a few simple steps and in no time at all and fits perfectly into the landscape of digital finishing and rapidly changing productions!


With proven palamides components the Gamma has been designed for companies that have space constraint and a large number of changing jobs. The products are transferred from the previous machine, pressed, counted, measured, stacked, banded or unbanned, and laid out on a buffer table in running direction. The gamma can lay out up to 600 bundles/h per label (total up to 1,200 bundles/h).

Products to process include:

  • signatures
  • flyers
  • brochures
  • mailings
  • rotationally products
  • selfmailers

Delta – Automatic delivery

With the new automatic delta delivery the focus is on higher productivity with lower personnel costs. Sturdy, easy-to-handle stacks ensure effective removal to subsequent processing machines.

The delta is primarily a fully automatic delivery system, which streamlines the production process. Here, rationalisation is key, not bundling the packages. By using a delta at a folding machine only one operator will be required. Also, at saddle stitchers, one person can remove the stack cost-effectively even with 2-up or 3-up production and all at full running capacity. Handling the packages is quick and easy, even for in-house transfer from the folding machine to the saddle stitcher. The band merely serves as a means of relocating the products quickly, simply and efficiently.

The delta sets new standards for speed, format range and user-friendliness. With its 600 packages per hour per product stream, it puts all previous machines in the shade. With the tandem version up to 3,600 packages per hour can be processed.

Products which can be processed.

  • Folding machines combi or buckle folding machines, irrespective of manufacturer
  • Saddle stitchers, from the smallest products in multiple up-work up to A3 formats
  • Mailers, slippery and asymmetrical products
  • Digital printing machines, regardless of whether parallel or cross fold

Mitra – Automatic sheet stacker

The Automatic Delivery Mitra saves time and money -  Many different kinds of single sheets, blanks, die cuts etc. can be stacked and buffered - up to 6 up production.

  • Perfect jogged stacks will be delivered onto a large buffer table.
  • Save costs automation throughout the delivery process
  • Inline production with digital printing machine possible
  • Version or book block separation
  • Can be integrated into an inline process (stacks can be delivered inline i.e. into a perfect binder…)

Omega – Web delivery

The omega web delivery has been specifically developed for efficient operation behind finishing lines. As production has to run as cost-effectively as possible, the delivery is an essential part of the whole installation. The omega receives the shingled stream out of the rotary trimmer. With two streams, two omega deliveries can be placed parallel, using the integrated and patented roller infeed table. On request, the products are pressed, discharged of static (so that a tidy stack can be formed), aligned and conveyed to the collection shaft. The products are passed neatly and reliably into the collection shaft, using the ingenious shingle stream stabilisers. The products do not simply fall there, but are guided in a controlled manner.

Products which can be processed

  • Advertising leaflets
  • Mailings
  • Greeting cards
  • Signatures
  • Envelopes
  • Small catalogues

Cara - Envelope Delivery of large formats C5 - B4

The Cara Envelope Delivery, which delivers personalised envelopes from sizes C5 to B4 fully automatically, is one of a new generation of deliveries from Palamides. The most diverse sizes and types of envelopes are aligned, identified, stacked, labelled, strapped and delivered to a buffer table, all fully automatically. The whole process runs very efficiently and ensures that human intervention is scarcely necessary.

Using high quality components, together with innovative drive and transport technologies, guarantees reliability, even with the most diverse of formats and envelopes. Output is up to 10,000 envelopes/h. An extremely precise camera recognition system and the most modern of sensor technologies ensures that even the smallest of envelope bundles is assembled, strapped and delivered. As an option, the stack can also be cross-strapped. The finely tuned adjustments to the strap tension for diverse package heights also occurs fully automatically.


  • Envelope inserter
  • Addressing-system
  • Saddle stitcher
  • Shrink wrap machine

Sima – automatic mail delivery

The Sima Automatic Mail Delivery lines up with any inserter and automates the pre-sorting and letter tray preparation processes.

The delivery checks for open flaps, non-readable addresses, and IMB Barcodes then automatically rejects any letter that should not be delivered. Various reading systems are available for the Sima, from simple print mark readers up to a server based OCR/IMB reading system connected to the Digital Front End. Our patented collection unit safely stacks the envelopes individually- without contacting each other making twisting or interleaving almost impossible.

DRUPA 2016

Although Friedheim International does not have a stand at DRUPA 2016, the majority of the companies that Friedheim represents in the UK & Ireland will be participating – Palamides being one of them:

Hall 6 / Stand E05

Palamides will be highlighting a number of different equipment processes during DRUPA 2016.  These include:

Lay-flat perfect binder especially for digital printing (NEW)

With this binder Palamides is moving into new directions with brand new technology for adhesive binding.  ‘Smartflat’ technology allows with the new ‘Smartliner240’ perfect binder to produce books in an environmentally friendly and energy efficient way.  At the same time, books will lay perfectly flat when opened.  Smartflat technology allows the binding of all paper qualities, whether coated or even laminated, into an especially long-lasting and perfectly lay-flat product.  This is especially important in the digital printing industry.

The Smartliner240 is a single-clamp perfect binder with an effective output of up to 240 books per hour.  Automatic set-up allows easy handling for operators. The closed glue system works without heating and regular maintenance and does not have to be cleaned.

Delivery system: Automatic Tray Filler

In a live demonstration Palamides will put mail pieces, coming out of a Kern 3600, directly into post boxes.  The extremely quick change of post boxes makes the tray filler essential in automated mail delivery in places such as output centres, letter shops and print shops.
The mail pieces are transmitted into post boxes according to individual criteria.  As an option a postcode label printer can be integrated into the Palamides, which applies a label to the post tray.  Due to the extremely short exchange of post boxes within the production process (2 seconds), lower quantities are no longer a problem.  The automatic tray filler can be lined up with any inserter and automates the pre-sorting and letter tray preparation process.

The open design of the database connection allows different criteria according to the filling of post boxes by:

  • Simply counting
  • The filling degree of the box (when it’s full it will be changed)
  • A signal from the inserter
  • Changing characters that are read by the Palamides
  • Reading the barcode (IMB, CMC Code, etc)
  • Real time comparison with the existing database
  • The Automatic Tray Filler is mobile and can be quickly moved from one inserter to another.

Other features:

  • The mail can be placed into the trays flap up/flap down just by turning a handle.
  • For perfect mail piece control the Palamides can detect sequence errors. Each mail piece will only be put into the post box after the subsequent envelope is read and ‘released’ by the database.
  • The tray filler can be combined with a C4 delivery whereby C4 mails can be semi-automatically filled into the post boxes. By the push of a button C6 and C5 mailings can be placed into the post boxes.
  • The Palamides can be equipped for different types of post boxes (Deutsche Post, UK Mail, Swiss Post, etc), and even re-usable cardboard boxes do not present any problem.


Automatic delivery systems for folders and stitchers

Palamides is well known as a manufacturer of automatic delivery systems that can be used behind folders and stitchers.  Such delivery systems allow jobs to be produced much faster and much more cost-effectively than traditional delivery methods.  In addition to a delta 705 on its own stand that will be processing very small products (60 mm x 65 mm) in up to 5-up production, Palamides will have other units operating on various stands throughout DRUPA.  These include two alpha-hd’s, a delta 502 and a delta 703.