Adhesive Binders — Short and Sweet
When it comes to the digital world, users require in-line and near-line finishing equipment, according to Steven Calov, product manager for Heidelberg (USA) Finishing. The Heidelberg Digimaster has been equipped with an in-line perfect binding solution for the digital market. For near-line applications,
Heidelberg Finishing has developed the Bindexpert for hot glue, as well as dispersion glue, perfect binding.
Bindexpert is an off-line perfect binder that offers the flexibility of hot-melt binding, as well as dispersion binding. Thus, the Bindexpert covers a wide range of perfect binding applications due to the ability to bind various types of paper. Easy operation and few device adjustments allow high flexibility and easy setup.
Bindexpert binds main U.S. and European paper sizes (clamping station) from 4.13x5.82˝ (105x148mm) up to 12.58x17˝ (320x432mm). Calov adds that Bindexpert is targeted towards black-and-white and color digital printing markets, as well as small-format offset printing markets.
Jose Alvarez, marketing coordinator for Duplo U.S.A., points out that binders traditionally have been difficult to use and relatively expensive, but that is no longer the case. Demand for single sheet binding has become more popular than signature, and unskilled operators are capable of working the equipment. Automated perfect binders, he notes, are the benchmark for today's printers.
"Developments such as automation, ease of use, quick setup and changeover have enhanced the value of perfect binders," Alvarez points out. "Because printers are constantly printing short runs with more jobs, they will need perfect binders that are equipped for short-run work, which demands quick setup and changeover."
Duplo offers the MR-500, which is designed specifically for short to medium runs, and the single-operator, single-clamp design allows output of up to 600 books per hour. The automated perfect binder enables operators to simply place flat sheets or signatures into the loading station.
Safety photo-beams act as a safety guard and stop the machine instantly in case of accidental contact with the machine's operations.