Your Guide to Hot Melt Systems for Efficient Bookbinding

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Author’s Rachael Pottner

bookbinding photoFor bookbinding equipment such as perfect binder machines, having an energy efficient hot melt dispensing system that can quickly meet full production melt rates is crucial. Technological advances have increased the number of available adhesive dispensing options for side gluing applications, but one in particular stands out.

Conventional pot filling systems are commonly used with bookbinding applications. The melt unit’s pump size and control can be configured as required for specific application needs and are equipped with precision controls to ensure stable temperature and promote adhesive pot life.

However, with adhesive sitting idly in the chamber, glue pots also experience adhesive degradation, charring, and maintenance problems caused by plugged nozzles.

When it comes to upgrading your bookbinding equipment, high-speed hot melt glue guns offer an attractive solution for side gluing. Not only is it more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new machine to increase efficiency, but they also offer a range of other advantages including:

Glue Savings

Some high-speed glue guns can reach up to 3000 cycles per minute and can be set to run on stitch mode to apply minimal adhesive beads with virtually no stringing. These types of effective extrusion systems offer highly accurate bead placement and more uniform glue volume, which translates to a reduction of up to 75% in adhesive usage.

Cleaner Cut

There’s virtually no stringing with high-speed hot melt guns, which translates into a higher quality end product. Normally, when stringing occurs, it forces operators to cut the edges where there is an excess of adhesive. With a cleaner cut off, this requirement is eliminated.

Less Maintenance

When stringing occurs, adhesive can get into the bookbinding equipment and interfere with proper functioning. The cleaner cut off offered by high-speed hot melt guns prevents this from happening, resulting in less maintenance. Additionally, all-electric high-speed hot melt guns contain less dynamic seals, preventing the constant replacement of spare parts and diminishing performance commonly associated with pneumatic valves.

From increased glue savings and reduced maintenance to more accurate adhesive application, when combined together, high-speed hot melt glue guns deliver a higher quality book and offer a more efficient and effective means to upgrading your perfect binder.

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