Peterborough book printer Bonacia has confirmed the order for a Muller Martini Vareo binder and for an Infinitrim robotic trimmer aiming to improve the efficiency of its short run and book of one capabilities.
The company is a digital only operation spread across a number of product lines that feeds into a digital operation that includes Kodak Nexpress colour printing and Xerox for mono printing. It has an online presence across a number of sectors: BookPrintingUK, Young Writers, Spiderwize and Nursery Leavers’ Books. This strategy and the growth of the business led to a shortlisting in the 2018 Amazon Growing Business Award.
The investment with Muller Martini represents a big boost to capabilities in binding. The Vareo is a three-clamp binder, or perhaps more accurately three single-clamp binders inside one machine as each clamp operates independently and can optimise clamp pressure, spine preparation and so on for successive books. The Infinitrim uses a robot arm to present each book in its optimum position for the fixed trimming edge, allowing the waste to drop away.
The Vareo has been specified with hotmelt glueing with a conveyor between the binder and trimmer to allow sufficient time for drying. Both will be controlled through a Connex workflow that impressed production director Carl Whitelock when it was demonstrated at the Muller Martini Bookbinding Academy in Switzerland.
“This is exactly how we want to produce in the future,” he says. “We have four long term goals, reduce overtime, reduce changeover times, reduce manual interventions and reduce unit costs.”
This was part of calculation to justify the investment which led to the order being officially placed at the Hunkeler Innovation Days last week. It was here that Whitelock saw a demonstration of the end sheet feeder that Muller Martini had added as an option to the Vareo so enabling it to be used to create book blocks for hardcover binding. It becomes an “option for the future” he says.
The combination of binder and trimmer is the second in Peterborough, following on from the same set up installed at Printondemand Worldwide.
By Gareth Ward