Mechanical Binding — Bound for Success
And if you happen to be comparing manufacturer A with manufacturer B (and perhaps C), Massey believes it's highly advisable to collect references. The input fellow printers and trade finishers provide can go a long way in helping to make a purchasing determination.
"Whether it's equipment systems or the binding itself, shop around," Massey says. "Talk to existing customers of potential suppliers. If it's equipment you're considering, did it work as promised? What about after-sales support? Explain that you're considering the same machine and you're looking for advice. Most people don't hesitate to share their experiences. And, if it's supplies (coil) you're shopping for, does the supplier ship on time? Does the product arrive in good shape and packed well?
"With regards to the supplies, don't always just shop by price," she adds. "If the binding is poor quality—poorly packed—this will have a huge effect on your bindery's productivity. Definitely factor price in, but don't factor quality out."
What customers like best about the PBS 3000 QS automatic coil inserter from Gateway Bookbinding is its ease of setup (QS stands for quick setup). No tools are required for basic setup and changeover.
"The on-demand environment needed a machine that was very productive, yet able to do smaller runs and not cost a fortune," Massey contends. "We feel that we have accomplished all of those objectives with the 3000 QS. The machine can jump from a .5˝ thick 8.5x11˝ book to a .75˝ book and back again in a matter of a couple of minutes. Fifty books or 5,000 books are no problem. It's very simple and very affordable. The simplicity and flexibility of the 3000 QS are what makes it so appealing."
The 3000 QS can accommodate tabs and extended covers, and produces up to 600 books per hour. Its binding edge capabilities are 5˝ to 12˝, with a 17˝ format also available.