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Muscle Bound Adds PUR Book Binding

MINNEAPOLIS—The most durable book-binding adhesive on the market is now available at Muscle Bound Bindery. PUR (polyurethane reactive) adhesive binding was added to better handle difficult stocks, cross-grain stocks and stocks with heavy ink coverage.

“We want to be as flexible as we can and give our customers the best adhesive to fit each of their individual products,” says Mike Welsch, president, noting that PUR-bound products also provide excellent page pulls that are well-suited for repeated use. “For heavy-use books that are built to last, we want to offer PUR adhesive binding as another alternative.”

Additionally, Muscle Bound will now be able to produce hardcover PUR books with the new adhesive.

Keeping It All in the (Heidelberg) Family

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA—Starting out as a print broker in 1998, is now a Web-to-print printer specializing in short-run, full-color work with a focus on high quality and quick turnarounds.

The 70-employee company operates in a 36,000-square-foot facility that is packed with Heidelberg equipment, including a six-color, Speedmaster SM 74 press with in-line UV coating, a Topsetter P 74 platesetter, an old Heidelberg Windmill and two Polar cutters. The all-Heidelberg shop recently added another “sibling” system: a new Stahlfolder TH 82 folder.

A long-time relationship and reliability were key factors in the decision to buy the Stahlfolder, explains Dave Handmaker, company president. The Heidelberg rep also helped Handmaker think through the shop’s workflow and planning, “so we felt comfortable that we were getting a machine that would perform for us day in and day out, and that the service would be there, if and when we needed it,” he says.

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