Adhesive Binders — Sticking to the Basics
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.
Automation is the name of the game when it comes to perfect binding, according to David Spiel, co-owner of Spiel Associates. "There is a lack of quality operators; they're getting harder and harder to find," Spiel points out.
The fully-automated Sterling Digibinder from Spiel Associates, which can bind 360 books per hour up to 11⁄2˝ thick, addresses this issue. The pneumatic clamp adjusts for book thickness automatically when the book size is keyed in. The unique roughing blade roughs the entire backbone of the book as opposed to notching. Twin glue rollers are said to ensure an even application and the Digibinder's nipper adjusts for the book thickness automatically. The machine includes a compressor.
Manufacturing equipment that can be quickly and easily set up, operated and maintained is the primary goal for Heidelberg USA, according to Steve Calov, product manager for stitching and perfect binding equipment. To that end, Heidelberg has developed the Quickbinder QB200 with touchscreen user interface to assist in the makeready and production of books.
Ironing Out the Front End
The QB200 features a 10-step job setup screen to ensure a smooth front end process. The standard automatic fault indicator helps recognize setup or operational problems.