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Adhesive Binders -- Sticking to the Basics

October 2003
By Erik Cagle

Senior Editor

There are enough headaches encountered between the time a customer's files are uploaded to your FTP site and when the truck rolls away from the back dock with finished product. But, while certain aspects of the workflow are tedious and time consuming, your perfect binder shouldn't be an attention, or time, burglar.

Most manufacturers of floor-model adhesive binders agree that time is of the essence. And the position of bindery operator often sees high turnover, making it imperative that a quality machine is easy to makeready, simple to operate, and equally user-friendly and fast on changeovers.

Shrinking Setup

As run lengths decline, setup time takes on even greater significance in terms of total job time, according to Don Dubuque, marketing manager for Standard Finishing Systems. This, in turn, mushrooms the labor cost per unit produced.

"An intelligent, intuitive, automated system lets even low-skilled operators build quality books, which is important as the pool of skilled operators continues to shrink," Dubuque states. "Printers and trade binderies need quick, efficient changeovers between different book sizes—without any compromise in quality or production speed—to ensure profitable book binding. As the market changes, some printers have discovered that it can be cost-effective and profitable to have direct in-house control of the total job, including waste, book quality and turnaround."

Standard Horizon's latest offering is the CABS 5000 perfect binding system, which includes gathering stations, 15-clamp perfect binder and three-knife trimmer. Up to six gatherers can be combined for a total of 36 gathering stations, which can feed single sheets or folded signatures up to 30 pages. It has a maximum cycle of 5,200 books per hour.

The Standard Horizon BQ-270 perfect binder can produce up to 500 books per hour. Features include touchscreen programming, 20 job storage memory capacity, and automated in-line cover scoring. Books up to 2˝ thick can be bound and up to 3.1˝ of cover stock can be loaded into the suction-fed cover station.

Cold- and hot-melt gluing capabilities are important to customers, according to Mark Pellman, marketing manager for Baum Corp. "This allows a wider variety of stocks to produce books and can affect the lay-flat conditions for a more functionable book to the reader," he explains.

Baum included both gluing methods in its Baumbinder 300 and 1500 perfect binders. The new 1500 has a top operating speed of 1,500 cycles per hour and can handle a maximum thickness of 50mm. Special features include double-capacity suction bag and suction hood. The 300 binds books, manuals, reports, etc., from 11x17˝ to 4x6˝ and up to 1.58˝ thick.


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