Specialty Finishing–End of the Line

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.”

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