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Challenge CMT-130TC Auto Set Up - Book Trimmer (online configurator tool available here)

Short-run perfect binding has made great strides within our industry in recent years. Trimming duties have been carried out by traditional guillotines for many years, but this process is very time-consuming and less than ideal for the dynamic digital book publishers of today. Drawing on over 139-years of cutting experience, Challenge set out to design and build the ultimate book trimming solution needed for today’s competitive marketplace – the CMT-130TC.

The sturdy steel and cast-iron design of the CMT-130TC ensures years of trouble-free operation. Hydraulic clamping and cutting action provides strength to cut through up to 2” thick books without hesitation. Standard features such as UHMW gib surfaces, composite bushings, and stepper motor technology require virtually zero maintenance.

The industry-exclusive modularity of the CMT-130TC provides added possibilities for future growth within your organization. The system can be configured as a hand-feed off-line trimmer for entry level cost-effective book finishing. The high-capacity feeder permits up to 35.5" of books to be stacked and automatically fed into the trimmer. The vertical stacker allows up to 24" of books to be delivered. When these two items are combined, this near-line trimming solution permits the perfect binder operator to also feed and collect product from the CMT-130TC solution. The CMT-130TC can also be configured for in-line trimming by adding an infeed conveyor and cooling tower to the system - giving the trimmer the ability to receive books directly from the perfect binder OR from the book pile feeder. The CMT-130TC system is ultimately flexible to meet your book trimming needs!

The intuitive 10.5" color touch screen controller provides a clear clean image of the trimming system. Automatic starting book size detection simplifies the required job parameters making job entry quick and easy. Swift size changes occur in approximately 10 seconds with no tools required! Standard barcode reading capability maximizes the efficiency of the process enabling the change-over between book jobs to be fully automated. No other book trimming system in the market can match the capabilities of the CMT-130TC system!


Minimum Book Size 5.82" Spine Length x 4" Wide
Maximum Book Size 13" Spine Length x 9.5" Wide
Maximum Book Thickness 2"
Minimum Trim 0.100"
Maximum Face Trim 5.5"
Speed Up to 200 Books Per Hour
Memory 99 Book Jobs
Set-up Time for Book Size Change
Approx. 10 Seconds


Overall Height 62"
Overall Width* 52"*
Overall Length 57"
Net Weight (approximate)*
1500 lbs*
Shipping Weight (approximate)* 1800 lbs*

Electrical and Pneumatics

3 Phase, 60 Hz, AC
208/230 Volts, 20 Amps (service size 30 Amps)

Air Supply Requirements: 90 PSI, 5 CFM Unlubricated

Challenge reserves the right to make changes to any product or specification without notice and without incurring responsibility to existing units.*Width and weight based on the core 3-knife trimmer, not the feed in device or exit device.

Challenge CMT-130TC brochure pdf file

Download the brochure and call 877.460.1212 toll free to speak to a sales representative.

Video of CMT130