What’s New in the Bindery?

Attendees crowd close for a demo of GMC's new HeatSeal Sprint H950 automated desktop laminator.

MBM displayed its Triumph 5222 Digicut programmable hydraulic cutter.

Standard's Mark Hunt scans a bar code to demonstrate the new pXnet Bindery Control System. Machines in the Standard booth were pXnet-connected, enabling fully automated setup, job tracking, error reports and more.

David Spiel, of Spiel Associates, stands with the company's award-winning Doublebinder layflat perfect binder, which reportedly binds as strong as PUR.

Visitors checked out the new Duplo DC-745 slitter/cutter/creaser, which performs up to 10 slits, 20 cuts and 15 creases in one pass.

New from RENA Systems/Neopost was the T-650 Multi-side Tabber, which can handle all USPS tabbing automation regulations in one pass.

Plenty of new bindery equipment was unveiled at the recent On Demand show.

THOUGH SOME major digital printing equipment vendors may have sat out this year’s AIIM/On Demand Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, all of the key bindery vendors were there, showing off their latest innovations. IPG spent time at all of their booths. Here’s a look at what we saw:

Binding and Stitching

The Sterling Doublebinder, from Spiel Associates, was honored with the On Demand Best of Show award in the bindery category. The Doublebinder is a lay-flat perfect binder that reportedly binds as strong as PUR and will bind up to 300 books per hour and 2˝ thick with no messy cleanup. Books dry instantly. This new technology produces a lay-flat book by gluing not only the spine, but between the sheets.

Earning an honorable mention in the On Demand Best of Show awards was the New Bind America Adventure PUR perfect binder. It does not require an external glue system, and is able to run both hot-melt and PUR glue with no mechanical changeover. It is auto cleaning, and there is no need to purge the glue from the system. Bindery operators simply add glue when needed, cutting down on wasted glue. It can handle up to 200 binding cycles per hour with spine thicknesses from .0625˝ to 2˝.

New from Standard Finishing Systems was the Standard Horizon BQ-160 single-clamp perfect binder, equipped with an intuitive, icon-based color touchscreen. The BQ-160 can produce perfect binding, tape binding and pad binding at speeds up to 180 cycles per hour with books up to 1.1˝ thick. It features an electric book clamp, two-way notching, an efficient paper dust vacuum system, nipper height and tilt adjustment from the touchscreen, and a dynamic nipper table for auto book sizing.

Also new was the Standard Horizon StitchLiner 6000 digital high-speed saddle stitcher. Integrated with Hunkeler’s UW6 unwinder and CS6 rotary cutter, it produces up to 6,000 booklets per hour, and offers in-line cover feeding.

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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