PUR ‘Spine Cam’ and Nozzle Technology Ensures Consistent Glue Application

Heidelberg's EB4000 automated servo driven perfect binder cycles up to 6,000/hr. and is available with PUR and hot melt.

Heidelberg has newly-engineered its PUR gluing systems for the entire Eurobind perfect binding line and is now offering an innovative camera recognition system for the EB4000 perfect binder.

The enhanced PUR system for the Eurobind line uses a volumetric application system with a closed-loop gearing pump and nozzle-based applicator to ensure even application of glue to the book spine. The system efficiently regulates glue by opening the width of the glue nozzle based on the spine width of the book (an automatic adjustment). The operator can easily adjust glue start and stop length.

Some of the other functions the operator can control are the independent temperature adjustments on the melting plate, storage tank, nozzle tube and return tube. The height of the PUR nozzle can be adjusted manually, allowing the operator to change glue film thickness between 0.2-0.3mm.

The system is engineered so that the PUR circulates through the width of the nozzle to ensure a consistent heat temperature at the point of application. The glue that is not used is circulated back to the gearing pump to be reused.

Their new PUR system greatly improves upon a traditional open tank or roller-based PUR system, creating less waste and drastically reducing clean up time. Open tank systems or roller-based systems expose the PUR to the environment, which reduces the life cycle of the glue. These systems also require that the pot is emptied at the end of the day for cleaning. Heidelberg’s closed-loop pump system does not expose the glue to the environment and requires simply that the nozzle be sealed with wax or grease when not in use.

The “Spine Cam”
In the application process of PUR, Heidelberg has developed a camera recognition system for its EB4000 model to monitor the quality of the application of glue film on the spine of the book. The set up is very easy. The operator selects the “Camera Monitoring Function” on the touchscreen then runs one book without PUR to measure the surface of the spine and then two additional books with PUR to set the sample book for the recognition system. The operator looks at the glue film thickness across the book and then acknowledges the sample is OK on the touchscreen and the system is set.

Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at foldfactory.com, and president of Rock the Mailbox. An educator, author, speaker and award-winning designer, Trish has a specialized expertise in creative solutions for direct mail and marketing, and is the curator of the world's most exciting collection of folded print and direct mail samples. Trish is the creator of the FOLDRite folding template system, and has authored many resources, most recently Direct Mail Simplified, and Paper Folding Templates for Print Design. She also hosts a popular weekly e-video series "60-second Super-cool FOLD of the WEEK", and is an instructor at Lynda.com. Trish holds a MS in Printing and a BFA in Graphic Design from RIT.
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