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Specialty Finishing--End of the Line

January 2000
With good help hard to find, the right tool for the job is the key to value-added finishing techniques.


There's no need to tell Joe Rigby that market demand for plastic coil binding jobs can be a finicky one.

The owner of Delaware Valley Bindery in Trenton, NJ, may field four or five plastic coil jobs in one month, then nary a quote for three or four months. As job traffic goes, so does the number of added workers at Delaware Valley Bindery, who are temporary employees.

"This kind of work goes hot and cold. We'll have a lot of jobs in a short time, then we'll have none," Rigby says.

Obviously, two needs can be cited from the start: dependable machinery and automated, user-friendly equipment for operators who may be here today, gone tomorrow. Rigby found the perfect fit with his COILBIND CB•30 automatic coil inserter from James Burn International. The unit was installed at Delaware Valley Bindery within the past year.

The CB•30 automatically inserts, cuts and crimps both ends of CoilBind plastic spiral elements. Among its many features are a drive wheel assembly that eliminates coil tangle; a hands-free foot pedal, which allows two-handed book placement; variable speed coil feed for maximum operator control; and quick-loading coil, which increases speeds up to 400 books per hour. The compact floor model also offers easy coil sizing for maximum versatility and changeover, and plugs directly into standard power supplies, with air required.

"We've actually reached production speeds between 500 and 600 books per hour. Obviously, everything depends on the job and the size of the coil," Rigby notes. "The machine is faster on an 11˝ spine than it is for bigger or smaller spines, which is a majority of the jobs we run anyway. It's easy to set up and easy for the employees to work on, plus the production is good."

Delaware Valley Bindery boasts several James Burn coil insertion machines and punches, and Rigby, who is also happy with the coil quality on the CBo30, is pleased with the level of service he's received.

Delaware Valley Bindery lives up to the specialty finishing moniker. Most of its jobs are unique; for instance, Rigby points out that the company performs a large amount of fugitive gluing (some remoistenable) and attaching duties, primarily for applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Double-Wire Binding
Like Rigby, Steve Landheer sought a binding machine that was easy to use, particularly since good help is difficult, not only to find, but to maintain. As president of Great Lakes Bindery, in Grand Rapids, MI, he turned to American Binding for his Rilecart B-599 double-wire binding machine.



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