The Russell Press has 40 years experience of bookbinding at its plant in Nottingham. This was put to good use when deciding to replace its old Sheridan with a new Bourg 3002 perfect binder.
We have always produced a lot of paperbacks says managing director Mike Coates. “We target book work and we wanted to improve the quality of finish of what we do.”
The company looked at the available options and deciding that the Bourg was the best machine for its needs. It was also specified with hot melt rather than PUR.
“The problem with PUR is with some of the isocyanates that are part of the glue. We have ISO 14001 so to increase emissions would have been a backward step,” says Coates. The environmental impact was a consideration in terms of energy consumption with the machine. “The Bourg has a much lower consumption than our older system so that is an automatic improvement,” he adds.
The BB3002 is specified as a 650 cycles per hour machine. In practice this equates to 200-300 books an hour with one man operation. As most of Russell Press’s production is from 100-200 books, the perfect binder is in the sweet spot of the business. Russell Press was started in 1968 by the Betrand Russell Peace Foundation to promote the work of the social reformer and philosopher.
It installed a Speedmaster CD 102 in 2013, adding to a B2 Heidelberg and three KonicaMinolta printers. The B1 press has been a really good machine Coates explains, enabling the company to print to 750 micron boards.
The BB3002 has coped with everything, including a growing demand for value added finishing. “We wanted to add value to what we were doing so looked into offering wings on the covers of our perfect bound books and magazines. It’s another string to our bow.
“We were being asked for the capability more and more and there is a lot of competition for short run book production so if you can offer something a little bit extra, it can help.”
It helps too with keeping production under tight control and therefore the quality at the level that The Russell Press requires.