By DPS Staff
Part one of two
The on demand print space targets short-run applications that must be finished in short turnaround times. In addition to print capabilities, finishing is essential. Many applications, from booklets and catalogs to photobooks, require some type of finishing, including binding capabilities.
In our September issue, we tackle the latest requirements, trends, and processes for binding. Here, we walk through solutions from wire/comb binding to case making, booklet makers, and saddlestitchers.
Akiles offers a range of binding equipment and accessories. Its products include the DuoMac-Series two-in-one combo unit, which are custom built to combine two functions including comb-wire, comb-coil, coil-wire, coil-coil, or wire-wire.
The company also offers its iSeries binding line, which includes iWire, iCoil, and iComb; its WireMac punching and binding solutions; AlphaCoil and CoilMac spiral binding products; and comb binding offerings including CombMac, MegaBind, and AlphaBind products.
For documents and proposals, company presentations, user manuals, training materials, scrap books, and catalogs, print providers look to Fastbind’s Punch Bind Books, which are made using the Casematic case makers and Case Express case makers.
Gateway Bookbinding Systems provides its PLASTIKOIL line of functional mechanical binding systems. PLASTIKOIL plastic spiral binding are designed to be strong, durable, flexible, lightweight, and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act compliant. Bound books lay flat when opened, with the ability to fold back a full 360 degrees. PLASTIKOIL is available in 45 different colors—in coil diameters from .25 to two inches.
GBC offers a range of binding equipment including punchers and finishers to create presentations.
ProClick, VeloBind, SureBind, and CombBind are all-in-one binding systems from GBC. The company’s all-in-one binding systems offer the ability to punch and bind with one compact piece of equipment.
HOP School and Office products offers plastic comb, plastic coil, and wire binding equipment. Solutions include the CWP-E electric punching and binding machine with interchangeable dies, the 210PB manual punch and comb binding machine with 21 dies, the 213PB manual punch and bind plastic combs and wire machine, the 240HB manual binding machine for binding combs with 24 dies, the 190PB manual punch and bind plastic combs machine, the TCC 2100 manual punching and binding machine combs with 21 dies, the TW3100 manual punching and binding machine for wire with 40 dies, and the TCC 210EPB electric punching and bidning machine with binding plastic comb dies.
Kugler-Womako offers a variety of machines for the production of printed products and stationery. Its portfolio ranges from machines for standard stationery to sophisticated quality products with a variety of inserts for print finishing. Binding methods include wire-binding, plastic spiral, gluing, and stitching.
Spiel Associates feature the Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Binding System. It is a complete, inline heavy duty, automatic plastic coil inserter designed for high production. It binds books from eight to 32 millimeter (mm) in diameter—up to 50 mm with an optional thick book attachment.
The company also offers the Rilecart WB-450 double loop wire binder. It is an economical, entry level solution that binds books at speeds up to 800 books per hour.
Spiral James Burn’s Lhermite line of automatic binding equipment makes any wire-o or plastic coil binding operation more efficient.
The Wire-O-Bind 3500 is the company’s entry-level, semi-automatic wire binding solution rated for 600 books per hour. Users can double the production by using the James Burn Lhermite BB50. To step up to true automation the BB400 is rated for up to 3,000 books per hour.
For coil binding Spiral Binding Company features the Koilmatic, a desktop model that covers eight to 20 mm, and 8.5 or 11 inch binding jobs.
Saddlestitch/Booklet Makers/Case Makers
Akiles provides the BookletMac automated booklet maker, which allows users to produce up to 800 booklets per hour at up to 64 pages. It is available to fold and staple or only fold or staple.
C.P. Bourg offers a variety of booklet makers, including the Bourg Document Finisher, Bourg Document Finisher Xerox, Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress, and the Power Square 224.
The Bourg Document Finisher is an entry-level compact and fully automated booklet maker. It can be directly connected to multiple print engines and features a color touchscreen interface where stitching, folding, and trimming operations are completed in a single, enclosed unit.
The Bourg Document Finisher Xerox is C.P. Bourg’s most compact high-speed booklet maker for routine production. It is designed to operate inline with several Xerox printers.
The Bourg Booklet Maker is the company’s high-end booklet maker that utilizes the latest technology to generate unparalleled quality and speed on-demand booklets.
The Bourg Booklet Maker ExPress is an inline booklet making solution tailored to HP Indigo 7000 Digital Series presses.
DeLuxe Stitcher offers its Booklet Mate, an entry-level booklet maker with a space-saving tabletop design. It handles books up to 40 pages, depending on paper weight.
Duplo USA Corporation offers the 350 Digital Booklet System, 150Fr Booklet System, DFS-3500 System, and 150 Digital Booklet System.
The Duplo 350 Digital Booklet System is a mid-volume sheet-feeder and booklet maker. It configures a FSF-2200 sheet feeder with a DMB-350 booklet maker and produces up to 3,000 booklets per hour.
The 150Fr Booklet System is a short-run collator and booklet maker. It configures a DFC-100 Friction collator and a DBM-150 booklet maker. It produces up to 40 booklets per minute.
The DFS-3500 System is a full-bleed, mid-range bookletmaking system that configures a DC-445 creaser with a DBM-350 booklet maker. It features inline creasing and slitting.
The 150 Digital booklet System is a short-run feeder and booklet maker that configures a SDF-2200 sheet feeder with a DBM-150 Bookletmaker. It produces up to 1,720 booklets per hour.
Duplo also offers several saddle stitcher/booklet makers, including the 500i Booklet System, 500Pro Digital Booklet System, DBMi Digital Saddle System, DBM-5001 Bookletmaker, 500C Booklet System, 350C Booklet System, 500 Digital Booklet Sysetm, 150C Booklet System, and the 350 Digital Booklet System.
For hardcover and case making, KOLBUS provides the BF 530 – Bookjet Edition and DA 270 Bookjet Edition.
The BF 530 has a number of new and improved features which make it operator friendly. Fully automated servo axes result in significantly shorter makeready times. Highlights include sequential makeready for production of digitally printed hardcover products.
The KOLBUS Casemaker DA 270 is designed for fully automated production of classic cases and digitally printed cases with a range of spine widths, particularly for hardcover photo book production.
MBM Corporation provides a range of booklet makers, including the Bookletmaker Jr., Autobook, Sprint 3000 and Sprint 5000, SF 2, and Stitchmaster.
Bookletmaker Jr. is an entry-level solution with a compact design.
The Autobook is an automatic booklet maker featuring push button controls.
Sprint booklet makers feature easy set-ups and adjustments. Paired with an optional trimmer, either model may be combined with a variety of collators for a complete document finishing system.
The SF 2 is a wire-stitch booklet maker, which provides lower operating using pre-formed staples.
MBM’s Stitchmaster is a wire stitcher with a wire-fed magnetic stitching head.
Morgana offers a range of booklet makers and trimmers that are JDF ready and variable data compatible.
Muller Martini’s Diamant MC Digital bookline system is designed for the production of digitally printed hardcover books.
The Diamant MC Digital cases in bookblocks of different widths but have the same inlay width. If the bookblock width varies within a specific range, the machine automatically adapts to the difference without empty cycles or output losses.
To marry each bookblock with the correct book case, block and case are assigned a barcode. For a correct production sequence, first the barcodes of the book cases are scanned. Prior to the infeed, a scanner reads the bookblock barcodes. A second scanner checks the cases before they are transported into the casing-in station.
On Demand Machinery (ODM)’s Casemaking System and Casemaking XXL System are designed to simplify bookbinding.
Spiel Associates offers the MBM Stitch Fold Booklet Maker. The patented ISP stitchfold wire-fed booklet maker produces booklets up to 100 pages at speeds of up to 2,300 books per hour using pre-formed staples. It runs inline with a variety of collators including the optional 10 or 20 bin MBM model FC friction fed collator. Also available is a heavy duty face trimmer. Another option is an inline corner side stitcher.
The company also provides the Rosback model 201CA semi-automatic double head stitcher, designed for both large and short runs. Its heavy duty construction makes it both reliable and durable.
Standard Finishing offers several booklet makers designed to run inline with presses, including the SPF-20XII Bookletmaker, ColorWorks Bookletmaker, ColorWorks PRO Bookletmaker, and ColorWorks PRO Plus Bookletmaker.
For high-volume bookletmaking, Standard Finishing presents the SPF/FC-20 Bookletmaker, SPF/FC-200A Bookletmaker, StitchLiner 6000 Digital, StitchLiner 5500, and the SpF-200L Landscape Bookletmaker.
For low- to mid-volume bookletmaking, the company offers the SPF-P9/FC-P9 Bookletmaker.
The Standard StichLiner 5500 and StitchLiner 6000 Digital as well as the HOF-400 + StitchLiner 5500 perform saddlestitching.
Standard Finishing provides the HCB-2 Case Binder, which handles up to 180 books per hour and features an optional bar code verification system.
The Standard HCM/HCP-1 Case Binder handles up to 40 books per hour and stores up to 20 different jobs in memory.
Many options are available when it comes binding a booklet or book. The above companies and products represent just a portion of the options. Stay tuned as we cover perfect binding and photobook finishing offerings in part two of this series on binding equipment. dps
Jul2014, DPS Magazine