Binding, Creasing Equipment Helps Create Works of Art

Richard Peterson, manager of Office Services at the MET, stands with the Sterling Digibinder Plus.

Hidden deep inside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) is an art studio of a different sort—a graphic arts operation responsible for producing high-quality printed pieces in support of the iconic museum. With a four-color Ryobi 784 EP perfecting press, as well as Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 and C6000 color printers, the busy 11-employee in-plant prints projects the MET’s quality-conscious designers can be proud of.

To maintain that reputation for high quality, the in-plant recently made some additions to its arsenal of bindery equipment, adding a Sterling Digibinder Plus from Spiel Associates; a Graphic Whizard knife creaser; and a gatefold attachment for its MBO B21 folder.

The Digibinder perfect binder was installed in November, after it became clear that the in-line perfect binder on the C8000 was not meeting the in-plant’s needs.

“The 8000 could not perfect bind the size of booklets that we needed to bind,” explains Richard Peterson, manager of Office Services at the 144-year-old museum. “We do a lot of 81⁄2×51⁄2˝ [booklets], and it just couldn’t do it.”

The Digibinder Plus is able to bind these booklets—mostly programs for museum fund­raising events—without difficulty. The operator simply places the book cover on the nipper table, then puts the book block in the pneumatic clamp. Both the clamp and nipper adjust automatically, binding books as thin as two sheets up to a 21⁄4˝ maximum thickness. A roughing blade roughs and notches the spine, and twin glue rollers ensure an even glue application. A third metering roller smooths out the glue.

Though Spiel Associates says the Digi­binder can bind up to 240 books an hour, Peterson contends his in-plant is even more productive.

“I think we probably average more like 300 an hour,” he says. “We did about 800 in a little less than three hours.”

Typical run lengths range between six and 800 books, he says.

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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Graphics since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 130 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Graphics.
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