Standard Horizon Binder Offers Maximum Versatility with Swappable PUR/EVA Glue Tanks
So how does it work? Let's say you're changing from EVA to PUR. The operator slides the glue tank from the binder on an integrated track rail system (visualize a heavy-duty drawer) and disconnects two plugs. Horizon provides a hydraulic trolley that is specially fitted to receive the tanks. The operator wheels the trolley under the EVA tank, raises it to lift the tank slightly, and then wheels it over to a receiving station where it can lowered into a resting position. Using the same trolley, the operator can pick up the PUR tank from its receiving station, wheel it into position on the binder, connect the two plugs, slide it in, and proceed to warm-up the glue. You can watch a short video of the process here.
Now let’s talk numbers, since that’s what everyone wants to know. The BQ-470 with EVA tank is approximately $117,000. PUR-only with Nordson Pail Loader is $154,000. The machine configured for both EVA and PUR sells for around $175,000. The dual adhesive feature is not retrofittable to other models, however the format is modular, allowing the customer to start with EVA only, and offering the ability to add PUR capability at any time in the future.
Watch for it! The interchangeable glue tank feature will also be incorporated into the all-new Horizon CABS 6000 17-clamp binding line that will premier at Ipex in May. Should be interesting...
For more information about the BQ-470, click here.
Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at the online community foldfactory.com. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and a master of science degree in Graphic Arts Publishing from Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing Management and Sciences (now the School of Print Media).
An award-winning designer, Trish held the position of creative director for a Baltimore-based agency for six years, and has taught design and desktop publishing at the college level. She has a specialized expertise in the area of folding and is the creator of the FOLDRite™ system, a 2004 GATF InterTech™ Technology Award winner.
Trish frequently publishes articles for graphic arts industry publications, and has written three books on the topic of folding: A Field Guide to Folding, Folding for the Graphic Arts: A Teacher's Handbook, and FOLD: The Professional's Guide to Folding.