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Challenge CMT-330TC Auto Set Up - Landscape Three Knife Trimmer (online configurator tool available here)

The new Challenge CMT-330TC has expanded capability to finish cut LANDSCAPE FORMATTED BOOKS up to 12.1” (307 mm) tall by 12.9” (328 mm) wide and down to 5.875” (149 mm) tall by 3.937” (100 mm) wide. Designed and built in Michigan-USA, the CMT-330TC utilizes powerful hydraulic cutting and clamping pressure to effortlessly cut up to a 2” (50.8 mm) thick book.

The CMT-330TC utilizes servo and stepper motors to accurately position books for cutting. Full digital control of the set-up allows book size changes in less than 6 seconds. There is no need to perform manual adjustments or exchange book clamps. The CMT 330TC exclusively features simultaneous in-line and near-line feeding capability. This allows the trimmer to automatically switch between feeding books directly from an in-line perfect binder or from a manually loaded near-line book pile feeder. If one system is waiting for the next book, the other system can feed the trimmer to provide maximum production throughput.

The CMT-330TC Trimmer incorporates the most advanced book trimming technology available. The new 10.5” color touch screen display, easy to use operator interface and smart diagnostic assistance makes the CMT-330TC the leader for operational simplicity. Automatic size detection of the pre-trimmed book makes job programming easy, requiring the entry of only three dimensions. Alternatively, the integrated bar code reader can scan the trim dimensions from a pre-printed barcode on the cover to adjust the knife settings automatically. Simply stated, the CMT-330TC is a fully automated book-of-one trimming solution.


Starting Maximum Book Size (L is Book Spine Length) 13"L x 13"W
Starting Minimum Book Size 7"L x 5"W to 7"L x 9"W depending on mode
Finished Maximum Book Size (L is Book Spine Length) 12.1"L x 12.9"W
Finished Minimum Book Size 5.82"L x 3.94"W
Maximum Book Thickness 2"
Minimum Trim 0.100"
Maximum Face Trim 6"
Speed Up to 700 Books Per Hour (multi-book mode)
Memory 99 Book Jobs
Set-up Time for Book Size Change
6 Seconds


Overall Height See brochure
Overall Width See brochure
Overall Length See brochure
Net Weight
3,660 lbs. to 4,290 lbs.
Shipping Weight 4,100 lbs. to 5,057 lbs.

Electrical and Pneumatics

3 Phase, 60 Hz, AC
208/230 Volts, 25 Amps (service size 40 Amps)
U.L. Listed

Air Supply Requirements: 90 PSI, 9 CFM, Unlubricated, with Refrigerated Air Dryer

Challenge reserves the right to make changes to any product or specification without notice and without incurring responsibility to existing units.

Challenge CMT-330TC brochure pdf file

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

Video of CMT-330