Finishing — Caught in a Bind?
To answer the call for tab laminating, Spiel Associates has devised the Bat Tabber. It automatically indexes tabs and laminates them at a rate of 4,000 sph. Completely computer controlled, the Tabber doesn't boast peripheral features but proves sufficient and cost-efficient for the needs of postpress operations.
Rilecart of America is also addressing the call for mechanical binding systems as opposed to traditional wire stitching and glue binding process. Dr. Cesare Sassi, president of Rilecart, feels the double loop wire binding system has experienced maximum growth, especially for calendars.
"The increased use of double loop wire in the production of calendars is primarily due to aesthetic reasons," Sassi exclaims. "In the production of books, the increased success is also due to the high production speed of the system."
Rilecart has responded to this need with the Rilecart B-599, which can produce more than 4,000 books/hour. Another unit, the WireBind DP-4500, is being developed to generate higher production speeds, It is an in-line machine with integrated volume, splitting, punching, re-collating and binding features.
The trend, according to Sassi, is to have faster and more integrated machines for the industry, while another tendency is to have more simple and cost-effective machines for the office in order to obtain small, high-quality runs.
Kolbus America stands on the in-line side of the in-line vs. off-line debate. Roche believes in-line offers significant advantages for medium and large runs, and Kolbus offers more in-line linked systems.
"What we mean by flexible link is that each in-line system has the capability to run as a total system or as independent components within itself," Roche says. "If you have a run of 50,000 and you want to run a combined all the way through casing-in, it's no problem. If you have three runs of 2,500, and you have two casing-in lines, you can break the line apart [operate it independently] for greater flexibility."