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PUR Glue Perfect Binding

High end PUR glue perfect binding

Watch the Horizon BQ 470 in Action!

PUR Glue Perfect Binding

Chromagraphics recently installed a new high tech perfect binder, the Horizon BQ 470 with PUR glue. To begin the production process, all specifications are entered into the machine’s computer.  Within a few minutes the machine is up and running, with virtually no makeready required. This book binder starts off by putting 4 letterpress quality scores on the cover to create a beautiful hinged spine. After precision grinding down the book block, the PUR glue is applied.

The type of PUR glue we use in our machine is the strongest and most flexible glue available.   It dries to a totally clear color, not the dingy whitish, yellowish color of common EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) glues.  This produces a much more aesthetically pleasing product. This PUR glue is also eco-friendly and lays flatter than the traditional EVA based glues. Less PUR glue is required than EVA glues, and even with that lesser amount put onto the spine of the book, it is much stronger and allows for thinner books to be bound and still maintain a square spine.  Think you’re tough enough to pull apart a tiny sample PUR glue strip, try our strength challenge below.

This award winning book was digitally printed and PUR glue perfect bound with gold and black foil stamping on the covers.

Upright, Oblong and Square Perfect Bind Book Formats

This award winning upright booklet conventionally printed on gloss stock was PUR glue perfect bound and is a self-mailer.
This oblong booklet digitally printed on gloss stock was PUR glue perfect bound with gloss film lamination on the outside covers.
This square format book digitally printed on uncoated stock was PUR glue perfect bound.

Small, Large and Thin Perfect Bind Book Formats

Our perfect binder can bind books thinner than .05” and as thick as 2.5”. We can produce books at the smaller end of the scale at 5.71” x 4.14” all the way up to 12.59” x 12.59”. The accuracy throughout the production process on this binder is amazing, even allowing us to center copy on an .125” thick spine with ease.

This two book set was printed conventionally and PUR glue perfect bound and shows a smaller sized 4” x 6” x .25” book within our wide range of perfect binding sizes.
This massive two book set was printed digitally and PUR glue perfect bound and shows massive sized 8.35” x 11” x .2.25” books within our wide range of PUR glue perfect binding sizes.
We can center very small spine copy on our Horizon BQ 470 perfect binder. Pictured is a spine less than .125” thick.

Protruding Tabs and Uneven Page Dimension Perfect Bind Book Formats

We can also bind books that have tabs that protrude beyond the face trim with a scored, foldout set of tabs (see below left photo). Below to the right is an award-winning book we just produced, that has various page sections throughout it which stop short of the full height of the book. This created different thicknesses along the head of the book. It was a challenge that we took on and executed perfectly (pun intended!) on our perfect binder.

This award winning booklet on gloss stock was PUR glue perfect bound and has a tab that protrudes beyond the face trim.
This award winning 84+C booklet on uncoated stock was PUR glue perfect bound and 24 of the 84 text pages are 3.5” lower than the overall head trim creating a challenging, but beautiful result.

Case Bind from PUR Glue Bound Book Blocks

We’ve also been using our Horizon HQ 470 to bind case bound books. We can sandwich endsheets around the text book block and bind that unit.   Then it’s just a matter of attaching that unit to the outer case. It’s a fast and economical way to produce case bound books and all made possible with the strength our PUR glue.

This award winning book was PUR glue perfect bound as a book block and then assembled with endsheets and headbands into a case bound book. The book also has a film laminated dust jacket.
This award winning book was PUR glue perfect bound as a book block and then assembled with endsheets into a case bound book. The book has film laminated covers.

PUR Glue Perfect Bind Strength Test

We recently produced a promotional package that included a small .75” wide strip of a perfect bound book. This strip served as a strength test to see if it can be pulled apart. If you’re up to the challenge, we’ll send you a strip to see if you’re able to pull it apart. This PUR glue is very strong and this puts that claim to the test. You can request this sample sent to you at no cost by contacting us here.