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Webcom Completes Müller Martini Installation

March 10, 2011

Toronto-based Webcom, one of North America’s largest book printers, completed the installation of two new binding lines with Müller Martini’s Acoro and Bolero technologies.

The Bolero line, with an ability to bind spine widths from an ⅛ of an inch up to 3⅛ inches, replaces two older binders and will primarily support conventional printing. The Bolero also has the capability to apply Webcom’s Layflat PUR Otabind – a technique created by the company about 20 years ago. 

The Acoro line is to be used within what Webcom classifies as its digital production capabilities, which includes the HP T300 inkjet press and an HP Indigo 7000 used to produce covers. Webcom also recently installed Magnum FlexBook equipment to compliment its new T300.

“Both of our Müller bindery lines will contribute to quick, reliable turnaround of quality books with the superior strength of PUR adhesive,” said Mike Collinge, Webcom President and CEO. “The new efficiencies that we achieve with the use of JDF standards are particularly important to Webcom’s ability to provide publishers with a cost-competitive advantage through our BookFWD program.”

The PUR binding applied by both the Acoro and Bolero lines is also supported by Webcom’s integration of a Volumetric PUR Nozzle (VPN) spray system. VPN minimizes the amount of glue needed to produce a strong, high-quality bind.

“While the Acoro and Bolero both offer the option of using hot-melt glue, Webcom is ahead of all other North American printers with their adoption of VPN technology – recognizing that the application of PUR contributes to overall cost efficiency, matching the cost of a hot melt process but exceeding its strength,” explained Gary Hughes, President of Müller Martini Canada.

Collinge added, “Publishers need every advantage they can get to stay competitive. These bindery lines and our BookFWD program address an urgent need to transform the ability of publishers to get and stay ahead.”

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