Webcom of Toronto has purchased a Muller Martini SigmaBinder perfect binder to address the increasing needs of publishers seeking short-run book production.
Muller Martini developed the SigmaBinder for the cost-efficient production of ultra-short runs, including an ability to produce single copies in extreme circumstances. The SigmaBinder allows collated book blocks to be perfect bound into softcover books. The mechanical speed of the SigmaBinder reaches between 500 to 1,000 cycles per hour depending on factors like product size, thickness and paper quality.
Webcom points to the SigmaBinder’s unique trimming design, built around three separate cutting elements that allow for format changes on the fly without process interruption. Webcom states it also values the machine’s barcode reading system that automatically matches covers with book blocks for accuracy, efficiency and minimal waste.
“Sigma is a highly efficient binding machine that further improves Webcom’s workflow,” stated Mike Collinge, President and CEO of Webcom. “With increasing demand for personalized books and small orders, the SigmaBinder is ideal for digital inkjet small runs, including book of one.”
Webcom has also been running Muller Martini’s Bolero Binder, which has a top production speed of 9,000 books per hour and is more suitable for medium or long runs. The presence of the Bolero, along with other finishing systems, allows the company to focus its SigmaBinder investment on ultra-short runs.
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