Standard Horizon Binder Offers Maximum Versatility with Swappable PUR/EVA Glue Tanks

Standard Horizon BQ-470 binder.

Those who bind know that one type of adhesive does not suit all applications. EVA is a cost-effective, general use binding adhesive, and PUR is the best choice for digital color, especially color sheets that have been infused with fuser oil (which EVA tends to repel), and for coated stocks, which have surface treatments and clay content that resist EVA. In the past, printers have had to choose between a dedicated EVA binder or a dedicated PUR binder, all the while wishing for a flexible, cost-effective way to support different glue technologies in one binder platform.

Standard Horizon attacks this issue head-on with its four-clamp BQ-470 binder. The BQ-470 is the first binder in this production class equipped with quick-change EVA and PUR glue tanks that slide out on rails to a wheeled trolley, so the operator can easily changeover from one binding style to another in about 5 minutes. Amazing.

The machine is designed to straddle both the commercial offset and digital print worlds, and is very effective in book-of-one environments (where every book is different) with specially designed software that speeds-up changeover time between different book thicknesses. To boot, Horizon even added a digital caliper after users commented on the production slow-down associated with measuring book thicknesses and entering this data for ultra short-run production. Now a digital caliper measures the book block and conveys the data to the binder for fast, automated changeover. The binder cycles at 1,350 books per hour, so it can be used efficiently for run lengths up to 5,000 units or even longer.

Current users of the system seem to agree that versatility is the name of the game these days. “We’re well-known as a quality heatset web shop that offers a broad range of bindery services, but adding short-run digital one- and four-color books diversifies our offerings and helps us enter new markets,” said Rick Dunn, vice president of manufacturing for Hamilton Printing Co. in Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. Like many companies looking for new growth opportunities, Hamilton recently added Digital Book Manufacturing to its service offerings.

Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at the online community She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and a master of science degree in Graphic Arts Publishing from Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing Management and Sciences (now the School of Print Media).

An award-winning designer, Trish held the position of creative director for a Baltimore-based agency for six years, and has taught design and desktop publishing at the college level. She has a specialized expertise in the area of folding and is the creator of the FOLDRite™ system, a 2004 GATF InterTech™ Technology Award winner.
Trish frequently publishes articles for graphic arts industry publications, and has written three books on the topic of folding: A Field Guide to Folding, Folding for the Graphic Arts: A Teacher's Handbook, and FOLD: The Professional's Guide to Folding.

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