Book/Booklet Binders — Fast and Easy, Rules
"By employing new technology, gathering and sewing costs have been dramatically reduced, minimizing labor costs and increasing production," she says. "With computerization, setup times are kept at a minimum, and with better utilization of floor space, efficient and profitable gains are made in the production and organization of the bindery."
Jules Fried, vice president of marketing and business development for Roll Systems, feels that the trend toward shorter run lengths, which require quick setups due to size changes, is having an impact on binding machine technology. He notes that a cross trend is the standardization of page formats.
Getting In-line With Digital
Roll Systems manufactures in-line equipment for the digital printing environment, including the BookMaster CS for black-and-white, cut-sheet printers. Other units include the BookMaster CF2 and CF3 for continuous web, and the CFM merge model.
Ease of operation and reliability head the list of customer importance, according to Arthur Crowley, southern regional sales manager for Kolbus. New designs in hardcase and softcase machines by Kolbus have greatly aided operators in making size adjustments, he notes. Kolbus' latest offering, the ZU 840, is a belt-style gathering machine.
Ralph Zaengerle, product manager for the Muller Martini book binding division, believes reproducable settings, automation and a lack of skilled labor are driving the manufacture standards for book binding machines. The company boasts an array of perfect binders, from the 1,500 cph Amigo, to the mid-range Acoro and the 12,000 cph Corona.
In terms of perfect binding, Standard Finishing offers the BQ-440 binder, which is combined with the SL-40 lifting conveyor and HT-70 three-knife trimmer. Another product, the Horizon SpeedVAC collating and saddle stitching system, is expandable to six towers, or 60 bins. At more than 9,000 sets per hour, its dual directional feeding system increases productivity. A touch-sensitive screen makes for simple setups and a remote, hand-held control enables full operator mobility.