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Binding On Demand

Printing equipment wasn’t the only thing on display at the AIIM On Demand Conference and Exposition. There was plenty of bindery gear as well.

June 2006 By Bob Neubauer
THOUGH PRINTING equipment may have grabbed most of the attention at the On Demand show last month, bindery equipment had a strong presence too. From desktop folding units to floor model perfect binders, the show had a range of post-press gear.

IPG visited with all of the major vendors at the Philadelphia show and collected information on their latest products for the in-plant market.

One bindery highlight at the show was the Standard Horizon BQ-470 fully-automated four-clamp perfect binder. Standard Finishing Systems was awarded Best of Show honors for this product in the bindery category at On Demand by judges from BERTL, a research firm.

Introduced at On Demand, the BQ-470 boasts fully-automated setup. It produces up to 1,350 perfect bound books per hour, with four clamps that travel on a vertical elliptical track. The binder’s 10.4˝ LCD touch screen is used to provide stepper motor-controlled automation. The BQ-470 can bind books up to 21⁄2˝ thick, and optional interchangeable glue tanks support both EVA and PUR adhesives. An optional HT-70 three-knife trimmer can be placed in-line with the BQ-470.

Lots of Perfect Binding

Perfect binding equipment both large and small was all over the On Demand show floor.

Duplo debuted the KB-701 perfect binder, to be available in early 2007. It can bind up to 200 books per hour, with a maximum thickness of 11⁄4˝. Several different books can be loaded, and the machine will read the OMR mark on the last sheet of a book and automatically know the next book is starting.

James Burn International was showing the Roby One gluing machine, from Zechini. Its air feeder carriage system picks up the material to be glued from a high pile feeder, transports it into the gluing area and places it on the other substrate located on the register board, within a very tight tolerance, pressing it lightly to assure a perfect coupling. It has a maximum speed of 720 cycles per hour, ideal for short to medium runs, and can use either hot or cold glue.

Muller Martini demonstrated its GATF InterTech award-winning SigmaLine OnDemand digital book manufacturing solution, featuring the SigmaBinder perfect binder and SigmaTower cooling tower. Sigma­Binder produces perfect-bound books at up to 1,000 variable-sized copies per hour with in-line scoring and separate spine and true side glue application. Clamps automatically adjust themselves over the entire book thickness range within a cycle. SigmaTower ensures proper cooling and provides optimal adhesive curing prior to trimming.


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