Book/Booklet Binders — Fast and Easy, Rules
"After many years of increasing market shares for mechanical binding, customers are turning to glue binding," Sassi states. She adds that American Binding is showcasing an integrated collator/glue binding machine at the TPG show in Paris.
Versatility is a key factor for the equipment in order to accommodate different "gimmicks," according to John Morgenstern, director of product management/product planning for Heidelberg Web Systems. This is particularly true in the selective content that is popular in the catalog and publishing market.
"There's been a significant increase in the number of gimmicks, especially in perfect-bound books," Morgenstern remarks. "The number of pockets required has increased significantly, while the editorial content has not grown."
The Universal Binder family of perfect binders has migrated into a new control architecture, which makes troubleshooting, expansion and the integration of auxiliary equipment easier, he says.
A majority of the enhancements Rosback has made to its book binding equipment in recent years has been directed at increasing operator setup speed, reports Ron Bowman, vice president of sales. A lot of the electronic components have been eliminated, replaced with PLC touch controls that harness a number of functions. In the process, Bowman notes that are no sacrifices in terms of speed or capabilities.
Rosback offers the 880 perfect binder and optional 885 cover feeder. The 880 can handle up to 600 cycles per hour with spine milling and notching. Features include a knock-up device for perfect cover register, precise pulsed temperature controller, conveyor delivery or vertical stacker, and side gluers.
Some of the driving forces behind the manufacturing proclivities of companies that assemble and/or distribute book binding equipment—according to Mark Berkey, vice president of sales and administration for the Book Technology Group—include product and process quality improvement, process/layout optimization and customized production modules. BTG is a distributor for Hörauf's BDM Universal Casemaker.