What is a Pile Turner and Why You Need One


AUTHOR: John Hower

The printing industry has seen significant technological advancements over the years, and one such innovation that has revolutionized the sector is the Pile Turner. Initially designed to replace manual labor for turning paper stacks, the machine has evolved to perform a multitude of tasks, including airing, dust removal, drying, aligning, and jogging. This blog post delves into the functions, benefits, and the leading brand in the market, Busch Gmbh, that has been pioneering this technology since 1976.

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A Pile Turner is a machine used in the printing and paper industry to turn over paper stacks or piles for various purposes. These machines are commonly used to remove static charge, straighten edges, aerate and fluff the sheets, and align the corners. They can handle a wide range of paper sizes and weights, from small to large sheets and from lightweight to heavy stocks.

How Does it Work?

The Pile Turner operates by lifting the paper stack with a clamp, flipping it over, and placing it back down in the opposite orientation. The lifting mechanism is powered by hydraulic or electric motors, which provide the necessary force to lift and flip the stack. The machine can be operated manually or through an automated system, depending on the model and manufacturer.

Functions of a Busch Pile Turner

Busch Gmbh, a leading brand in the industry, offers pile turners that are designed and manufactured in their own factories in Germany. Their machines are well-known for their easy handling, durability, and longevity. Busch pile turners can perform the following functions:

Turning: The pile is hydraulically lifted to a horizontal position and then rotated through 180°.

Airing: This is crucial for removing dust and achieving better print quality.

Aligning: The pile is aligned against an aligning gauge in a tilted position with high-volume airing.

Jogging: This function aids in the perfect alignment of the pile, making it ready for the next process.

Benefits of Using a Pile Turner

Efficiency: Manual flipping slows your production. Jobs are completeled quicker with pile turners.

Quality: The optimal pile treatment ensures a high-quality final product.

Versatility: These machines can handle different types of paper and board with varying weights.

Reduced Labor Costs: Automation reduces the need for manual labor, thereby cutting down operational costs.

Safety: Advanced safety features make these machines a reliable choice for industrial settings.

Why Choose Busch Gmbh?

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Experience: With decades of experience, Busch guarantees perfect engineering.

Quality: Top quality is Busch’s first priority, as well Best Graphics’. Which is why we back their Pile Turners with 3-year warranties.

Variety: With a portfolio of more than 80 machine models (many of which are under $75,000 USD), Busch offers a large range of models with numerous options to fulfill all individual requirements.

Global Presence: More than 15,000 machine installations worldwide, proving their notable longevity and reliability.

Since 2014, Best Graphics has imported, sold, and serviced Busch machinery, with over 250 Busch units sold to date. In addition to Pile Turners, Busch produces Banders, Waste Conveyors, and High Die Cutters.


Pile Turners have transitioned from being a luxury to an indispensable piece of equipment in the printing industry. They not only replace manual labor but also significantly improve the efficiency and quality of the printing process. With decades of experience, commitment to quality, and variety of models, there’s no question why Busch is the industry choice.

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