DigiBook 200 - PUR binding for perfect bound books
Paul Riley, Managing Director of Twenty10 Digital, details the need for the equipment: “Nobody in the Northampton area has anything like this. We were struggling to find a quality PUR binding service that was even relatively local. We did find, however, that binding services that we were able to use wanted 30 or 40 overs for jobs of just a few hundred copies in order to set-up their equipment. That kind of additional print demand can make a huge difference between making a profit or not on a digital job!
The newest model in the DigiBook range sits above the entry level 150 model, featuring more automation than the basic version. As hinted at in the name, the product can bind up to 200 books per hour.
“The only solution was for us to install our own short-run PUR solution. Twenty10 has been a Morgana customer for a good few years now, and their PUR products had a very good reputation in the industry. When we saw the DigiBook 200 in action we knew that it was the product to solve our difficulties. We have already started to bring in trade binding work from other print operations in the area. The fast set-up and quality bind produced by the DigiBook 200 is a fantastic combination,” added Paul.
Passing comment on the latest addition to the PUR range, Ray Hillhouse, Sales and Marketing Director at Morgana Systems, said: “Customers like the range that we offer, but they had been asking for that perfect product: the one that sits just above entry level, but is not as expensive as the 300 books per hour model! We introduced the DigiBook 200 at Ipex earlier this year and it was extraordinarily well received. As with any new product, it took us a little while to get finished production machines out into the market, but the early orders are now being installed, and customers are delighted with the productivity and quality they are producing with the product.
“The book block measuring capability is typical of the features that have been added to this unit. It sets the heads automatically, meaning that users can switch from one size of book to another very swiftly and easily. The gluing heads are the same across the range, so the bind quality is identical.”
The DigiBook 200 handles spine lengths from 110 to 320mm and the maximum thickness is 50mm. Retractable spine milling means that the device can go from soft- to hard-cover binding at the flick of a switch. Side gluing for the cover hinge is adjustable depending upon the cover style required.
Paul Riley is especially pleased with the added flexibility the new binding system has provided: “We are more than happy now to consider a run length of one copy! One major new customer requires “prototype copies” of their entire catalogue before the final full run is produced. To print these press-proofs digitally and then bind them with DigiBook 200 is so easy and simple – and the customer is extremely impressed with the presentation. For another job that appeared this week, we had to remove the cover from an existing publication; print a new updated page; and then re-bind the product. It was only 100 copies, and that just would not have been possible to do with out the DigiBook 200.”
The company is also producing mechanics publications for Suzuki UK. Whilst a CD is made available to dealerships, mechanics far prefer a printed paper version of the books – they can find things a lot easier, the medium is far more portable, and users can add their own notes to a page if necessary. The significant thickness of the publications, along with the none to gentle handling in the workshop, demand quality PUR binding.
Demand for PUR binding from digital printers has been growing swiftly in recent years. The DigiBook range from Morgana Systems has proved extremely popular with print operations seeking a more effective and substantial bind than that offered by regular hot-melt devices.
Twenty10 Digital is used to finishing work with Morgana quality equipment – the company already runs a wide range of product from the Milton Keynes based manufacturer, including a CardXtra for business card and other small format jobs; a DocuMaster for bookletmaking; a Matrix laminator; Rhin-o-Tuff wire-o binding product; and a Morgana Major Folder.