Adhesive Binders — Short and Sweet
BY ERIK CAGLE
If it is September, this must be Chicago. Change is in the air, and where else but the Windy City is more apropos for taking a reading of this change?
It is a special year for the graphic arts industry, as it seems to be in transition. Layoffs have rocked many of the big printers as a swooning economy has touched all. Manufacturers are crossing their fingers in the hope that PRINT 01 is successful; some have gone as far to call this a "make-or-break" show in light of some poorly attended trade shows this year. Manufacturers, suppliers, printers, trade finishers, publishers—each propping up one another, hoping there is sustainable strength all along the partnership chain. More than ever, equipment manufacturers are listening to printers, gauging their needs and, ultimately, the needs of print buyers.
This holds true in the bindery, where the adhesive binding segment is as competitive as it is particular, and value-adding auxiliary enhancements can "make or break" your customers' product.
Kerry Burroughs, manager of the perfect binding division of Muller Martini, states that shorter runs are influencing the manufacture of floor-model machines, as is the still-tight skilled labor market.
"Because of this problem, equipment must be manufactured with more automation and motorized makeready, with on-the-fly adjustments to reduce expense and increase production," Burroughs remarks.
The 5,000 cph Acoro from Muller Martini now has touchscreen technology for data input. The Acoro features 20-plus servo motors with the ability to make more than 33 automatic size adjustments. It also boasts a makeready time of less than 90 seconds, sans the cumbersome trial and error settings.
Burroughs adds that auxiliary equipment such as the in-line Universal stacker, endsheet tipper and book block feeders, allow users to fully automate the process in order to produce books without off-line operations that eat up production time, require more personnel and are more difficult to schedule. PUR and cold glue pots enable the production of stronger and more flexible (lay flat) books, and help when using recycled papers.