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New approach to mechanical binding

Jul 1, 2011 12:00 AM

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The EcoBinder coil binding system from Kugler-Womako (, a Korber PaperLink company, eliminates traditional plastic combs or wire spirals in favor of 22-mm wide printable paper rings. Input and output stations are located next to each other — one worker can operate the entire machine.

In the semi-automated version, bundles are inserted by hand. At 15 cpm and with no manual intervention required, a rotary table transports the bundle 90 degrees to the corresponding processing station where strips of paper are coated with hot glue, rolled and adhered to the back cover of the bundle. The paper-based binding system reportedly cuts users material costs in half.

The four-step process begins with the manual insertion of a pad of paper. The pad remains fixed in the rotary indexing table. Next, the printed paper strips are automatically rolled into a double ring and, at the same time, glued together with environmentally friendly hot glue. A third step connects the protruding tabs with the rear cover of the pad. Because paper strips are processed individually, the rings also can be different colors. Finally, the finished pads are delivered.

We say: Cork, leather and other materials also can be used for binding. Where was this when we were in school?

Rickard Bindery expands its folding arsenal

Both of Rickard Bindery's new MBO B-123s have extended 6-plate main and right-angle sections. “More plates means more versatility,” explains vice president Kevin Rickard. “We can [handle] a nearly limitless range of folding sequences and combinations for standard, miniature and specialty folding.”

The Chicago bindery features more than 80 folding machines of all makes, sizes and varieties (23 are dedicated to small-format projects such as pharmaceutical inserts); 22 gluing machines; five saddlestitchers (up to 12 pockets); and two pocket folder/gluers. Services include miniature, oversized, map, gate and specialty folding; 12-pocket saddlestitching; loop stitching; seam, fugitive and remoistenable gluing; string tying and affixing; rotary scoring; personalized product handling; fulfillment; wafer sealing; and automatic shrink wrapping.

We say: Kevin's great grandfather, Fay, founded the company in 1900 as Rickard Circular Folding. In 1920 he was credited with creating the first mechanical gatefold attachment. Rock on, Rickards!

No premelting for this compact PUR binder

GP2 ( has teamed with Schmedt to develop an economical PUR binder for on-demand applications. The new binder developed specifically for the U.S. market is based on Schmedt's single-clamp PräziPur. It works with a closed PUR-application system with nozzles and is equipped with a pressurized tank for 2kg PUR-melting cartridges. The application system has a glue length control and a side-gluing device.

We say: A tip of the hat to bindery guru Werner Rebsamen who passed along this item. “In the future I believe PUR adhesives will compete with the double-fan binding process,” Rebsamen predicts. Stay tuned!

Binders earn BIA bragging rights

Binding Industries Assn.'s (BIA) 2011 Product of Excellence winners include: C&C Offset Printing Co., Rickard Circular Folding, Pacific Bindery Services, Bridge Publications, Roswell Bookbinding, New Hampshire Bindery, Anstey Book Binding, Trends Presentation Products, American Thermoplastic Co., Tamarack Packaging, Holum & Sons Co., FastKit, Binding Solutions and Pack Appeal.

See the winning entries at

Fast, flexible digital book production

Standard's ( Stitchliner 6000 Digital can run inline with continuous print engines, process booklets from a printed roll, or finish precollated cut-sheet output. As an inline system, the Digital 6000 can accept cut sheets directly from the Hunkeler CS6 Rotary Sheet Cutter or via a bypass transport that lets users quickly change between saddlestitching and producing stacked book blocks for perfect or mechanical binding. The optional HSF-30 Sheet Feeder allows for stand alone saddlestitching matching roll-to-sheet speeds of 600 fpm.

The AS-30S Sequencing Module utilizes a double track transport and accumulating method for uninterrupted sheet feeding from the roll or pile, maximizing productivity on variable or static page counts. The CF-30S continuous load cover feeder allows covers preprinted on a very wide range of stocks to be merged together with the inside pages. One or more cover feeders can be used in-line to insert cut sheet pages or even envelopes in between sheets being cut from the roll.

Variable-page-count booklets can be produced via an end-of-set signal from the printer, OMR or optional barcode tracking and matching.

We say: Check out Standard's “Finishline” newsletter for great articles on PUR, automated workflow and trends in digital book manufacturing.

Quick hits

  • Spiel Associates ( showcased its Sterling Digibinder perfect binder and Sterling Coilmaster Jr. automatic plastic coil inserter at its annual open house. Visitors also saw Graphic Whizard and Rilecart equipment as well as a large variety of used machinery.
  • Advanced Looseleaf Turned Edge Binders ( are made to order to accommodate sheets from 6¾ × 3¾ inches to 15 × 11¼ inches.
  • Baumfolder Corp. ( and QuadTech ( have signed a formal strategic license agreement that allows Baum to manufacture and distribute the full range of QuadTech hopper loaders and conveyors under the Baum label outside of the Quad/Graphics group of companies.
  • Something for your saddlesticher's cover feeder: Technifold's ( Spine Creaser eliminates separate press and die scoring operations.
  • ODM offers an e-version of its hardcover bookbinding guide:
  • MCS Array Inkjet Systems ( can be installed on VideoJet, Kirk Rudy and Buskro bases.