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New High Strength Perfect Binding Adhesive for Short Run, Digital Jobs

PBS has added a new, high strength perfect binding adhesive for your short run jobs.

We have researched, found, and recently completed comprehensive testing of, a new high strength EVA (HS-EVA) for your short run perfect binding jobs.   Effective immediately, this perfect binding adhesive is the standard on our short run perfect binder and provides an excellent solution for digitally printed projects.

The Benefits

This HS-EVA provides you with the following characteristics for Perfect Bound work (these characteristics are in relation to standard EVA, not PUR):

  • Improved adhesion to paper edges (i.e. better page pulls)
  • Adheres exceptionally well to the toner and silicone oils of digitally printed products
  • Reacts better than most adhesives to the drier environment of, and papers used in, digital print
  • Higher oil resistance
  • Improved heat and cold resistance
  • Visually more attractive (although a small area) – the HS-EVA is more white than the more ‘yellow’ EVA

A key benefit of this new adhesive is that we can produce short run work on our #3 perfect binder, with reduced overs and shorter make-ready times, and therefore offer this service at a better price than running the project with PUR on our 21 pocket perfect binder. As with most new products, this glue is more expensive than the standard EVA –we have not increased or changed our prices and are absorbing the additional time for cleaning and preparation required when using the HS-EVA – to ensure that you get the best value from this improvement.

The Result

We have committed 100% to this new HS-EVA on our short run perfect binder.  You will save on cost and receive a quality product.  To find out more, please contact our Production Coordinators or Estimators at 604-873-4291.

Note:  While the new HS-EVA is a substantial improvement over the standard adhesive used in perfect binding, it does not have all the characteristics of Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) glue – we still believe that PUR is the best available adhesive for binding high use; thick, thin, and/or specialty substrates; heavily inked pages; and other high-end uses.

Award Winning Bindery

2005 PBS Recognized for Exceptional Work with Benny, Printing Industries of America, Premier Printing Awards

Award Winning Bindery in Vancouver BC

Title of entry: We’re Building.

Two perfect bound books are bound into the same ‘Z’ cover.

We folded the cover on the outside hinge of the thin book side as we would for a standard 6 pp gate cover. We did this so the ‘end’ of the cover did not interfere with the side glue of the thick book when bound on the binder. Perfect bound the 32 pp self without a cover – spine glue only and trimmed to size.

Extreme care was needed to ensure that the book was trimmed to the right size – which was somewhat of an unknown at this binding point. We perfect bound the thick book without the cover.

We needed to take extreme care to ensure that the book was face trimmed only to the right size so that all the components fit in the end. Head and foot trim was done on the last pass. In the third pass the thicker book was bound with the 6 pp cover. We ground the spine to fit the face edge. It was bound such that the gate of the cover is on the bottom of the trimmer as we could only trim 1 book at a time because of fold out protrusion from the front of the book.

Cutting the cover was extremely critical. Also needed to ensure that the 32 pp (already processed and trimmed) fit the cover which needed to be flush at the face. Cover had all 4 scores for the 32 pp pre-scored. Once the thick book portion was complete, cover was reverse folded and 32 pp book was d-taped into spine of cover. 88 pp book was PUR glued, 32 pp was hot melt glued. All three passes on our 21 pocket perfect binder.

Award of Recognition for PBS

Award of Recognition

Category Name: Adhesive Binding: Flush Covers

Title of Entry: Westin Napa

800 books. Cut, gather, PUR perfect bound and trimmed, 11” x 11” 13-2 pp French-folded sheets + 2-2 pp sheets + cover.

This book is a delicious work of art and the award of recognition from Binding Industries Association recognizes that; from the rich imagery to the textured paper to the large format all work together to result in an outstanding book with a high degree of difficulty. Text pages were supplied as pre-folded French folded sheets. As a result of French folded text pages, the book must first go through a pre-gather on the perfect binder, and the cover must be pre-scored and flush at face.

The type of stock used for the cover page, Curious Soft Touch Cover, was a challenging paper stock as it was difficult to separate one sheet from another. The spine grind had to be exact or else the cover would not be flush with the text inside. A normal perfect bound book would not have a problem with keeping a flush face as it would be trimmed three sides. But with French folded sheets, the cover had to fit perfectly around the book block with little room for movement.

Certificate of Merit

Category Name: Finishing and Die Cutting

Title of Entry: Vermillion Energy Trust 06 A/R

27,100 books. 18 pp + 8 pp double gatefold + cover + tipped on 16 pp SC saddle stitched book to IBC with fugitive glue. The cover was a double thick cover pre-scored and diecut net at face with 1/8” overhang head and foot.

The total thickness of the cover was 22.2 pts thick, requiring PUR glue. The insides were provided as four, six and eight page signatures with an 8 page double gatefolder, pre-folded and inset 1/8” from face. The most challenging part of all was the tipping of a 16 pp SC saddle stitched book to the inside back cover.

It isn’t often you see a saddle stitched book within a perfect bound book. The amount of handwork to attach the saddle stitched book required a three-man team. One to apply the glue and two to immediately stick the book into the back cover within seconds before the glue dried. The time constraints in tipping made this book an exceptional one-of-a-kind annual report.