AMERICAN PRINTER covered a wide range of postpress topics in 2005--everything from punching and drilling to perfect binding, inline finishing and foil stamping. Here are some highlights as well as developments to keep an eye on in 2006.
What’s in your perfect binder’s glue pot? Many trade binderies and commercial printers are adding polyurethane reactive (PUR) alongside the more familiar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) hot melt and polyvinyl acetate (PVA) cold emulsion adhesives.
There are a number of binding options, including polyurethane reactive (PUR), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) hotmelt and polyvinyl acetate (PVA) cold emulsion adhesives, or Smythe sewing. PUR has only been in bookbinding since about 1989, and the first test in North America was run with a homemade application system. But many bindery managers have come to value it for premium books, annual reports,
In the sticky world of adhesives for the perfect binding industry, Tyrone Adams, national product manager for finishing systems at MAN Roland (Westmont, IL), says polyurethane reactive (PUR) is clearly where the industry is headed. It's flexible, so you don't have a high rate of tear in terms of loosening sheets, and it has a higher durability over time, Adams explains. Competitive advantage Everyone