Category Archives: Book Binding

VIVA brings confidence to the production line

VIVA brings confidence to the production line

VIVAThe “VIVA” suite of vision-based inspection systems is custom-designed for document integrity and verification in production environments. The VIVA line can be deployed across a range of Standard Finishing Solutions to ensure quality control, tracking, and reporting of personalized documents.

VIVA Complete

“Standard wants customers who have invested in our vision and software systems to use it as often as possible, and to the fullest extent”. Dan Desmond, Standard VIVA Business Manager

VIVAbind Screen Shots

System status is indicated by colored backgrounds so any system message can be easily identified and resolved.

VIVA brings confidence to the production line

Operate as a stand-alone system or integrate into an existing production line. This versatility extends the life of legacy systems and can eliminate the need for replacement. Hardware design allows for easy integration with most systems.


The Standard Horizon AF-series can be equipped with VIVAfold cameras and softare to check all folded signatures.


Standard’s VIVAmail can be used on our Standard KAS inserting systems. The software can perform sheet and set level integrity as well as machine control and matching from other feeders.


The Standard Horizon HOF high-speed sheet-feeder and SP-series or SitchLiner saddlestitchers can be equipped with VIVAstitch software and cameras to perform sheet-level and set-level integrity checking.


The Standard Horizon BQ-470 or other perfect binders can be equipped with VIVAbind cameras and software to check that book blocks and book covers match.

VIVA tracking & reporting

Standard VIVA inspection systems ensure that the finished documents are produced in the same sequence as the data-file. The system can sort documents based upon sorting criteria, allowing the operator to easily bundle groups. As VIVA receives a reading, it pulls a record from the database to ensure against multiple processing of a single document. VIVA also saves every image read to a designated directory providing a valuable permanent record for future reference.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

EVA vs. PUR, Exploring Perfect Binding Glue

category_header_bookletmakersIn the world of perfect binding there are a wide variety of options when it comes to glue. This seems like a light decision, but in manufacturing, owners are constantly juggling costs, quality, and turnaround time. Every type of glue has certain advantages and disadvantages and researching ahead of time will help you save months of headaches.

Book binding glue comes in thousands of formulas but it’s broken down into two main families; ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) and polyurethane resin (PUR). In this article I’ll explore each of the two families of glue and talk about what production factors should guide your decision. It’s critical that these choices are made early on, as machine configurations can vary between glue types.eva-pur-edited

In the early days of bookletmaking, animal glues were the only option; produced from horse, rabbit, and fish byproducts. In modern manufacturing, the industry has transitioned away from animal products and into a category of glue called thermoplastics. Modern thermoplastics used in book binding are almost entirely categorized as Ethyl Vinyl Acetates (EVA).

Ethyl Vinyl Acetates (EVA). EVA glue is widely used in the industry for many reasons but mostly because EVA is cost effective general use binding adhesive. EVA bookletmaking machines are considerably more forgiving to operate, require less maintenance, and have a lower cost of investment and operation.

EVA is a clear choice for most applications, but there are some limitations; extreme temperatures will result in the glue re-melting and or cracking. Additional complications include the ability to recycle books made with EVA. In order for these books to be passed through the recycle stream, the spines of the book must be chopped off and discarded.

Poly Urethane Resin (PUR). This glue is slowly becoming more common in the printing industry due to some distinct advantages. PUR is the same chemical family that bowling balls and soccer cleats are made of. It’s incredibly common as a molded plastic for all kinds of manufacturing. It holds up in extreme conditions and a much smaller volume of PUR can get the job done.

The major benefit when it comes to booklet making is adherence. PUR glue chemically bonds to water molecules within the paper itself, whereas EVA makes a more mechanical bond by intermingling with paper fibers. This chemical bond allows bookletmakers to use smooth coated papers without worry of the book falling apart. PUR is also described as a one-time-melt and holds up better in extreme temperatures. The glue is more flexible meaning books will lay flatter, creating a better experience for the reader. Additionally, PUR glues are more forgiving when it comes time to recycle. Certain properties make it easier for recycling facilities to extract glue from paper pulp.

The disadvantage of PUR is a slightly higher cost of production, mostly related to the need for additional hardware. PUR systems need Teflon coated tanks, complex extrusion application systems and usually a sealed pre-melter to keep oxygen from setting the glue prematurely. Fortunately these additional costs are mostly within the initial investment and once the hardware is in place, the cost of operation is very close to that of an EVA based workflow.

PUR glue typically require a 24-48 curing time before the book can be opened. Many manufacturers use their shipping time as curing time but there can be situations where the added wait for curing can slow production.

There are many factors that surround the decision of what type of glue to use. As with most, every manufacturing purchases the choice should be driven by the application:

  • Where will the books be going?
  • Who will be reading them?
  • What are the quality and delivery time tables that are expected by the print buyer?

Many modern machines are available as hybrids. The BQ-470 is capable of being configured with a hot-swappable glue tank to quickly switch between glue types without interrupting production. The BQ-470 is fully automated and simple to operate.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

PROVEN PERFORMANCE, Wire-stitch bookletmaker

PROVEN PERFORMANCE, Wire-stitch bookletmaker

MBM SF-2 Wire-Stitch BookletmakerMBM’s Wire-Stitch Bookletmaker provides lower operating costs than bookletmakers using pre-formed staples. Producing booklets up to 100 pages*. The SF-2 is an all-in-one bookletmaker that jogs, stitches, and folds up to 65,000 booklets without replacing wire spools.

Runs on-line with a variety of collators (interface is included) including the MBM FC 10. Easy to use, push-button controls with 6 digit counter and staple leg adjustment feature allows staple length to be custom fit to the size of the book being run.

Additional Features:

  • Staple leg adjustment
  • Heavy-duty clutch bearing
  • Moveable, magnetic stitching heads
  • One-step threading for quick and easy set-up
  • Knife fold with dual fold rollers for crisp, consistent folds
  • Powered exit conveyor
  • Transparent safety access covers
  • Back jog
  • Stand with casters
  • Optional activated clinch
  • On-line corner/side stitch gate

Optional Face Trimmer for SF-2 Bookletmaker

Operates on-line with SF-2 bookletmaker. Trims booklets up to 100* pages. Powered exit conveyor. Transparent safety access cover-machine will not operate with cover in open position. Visit us online for additional information.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507


Look to MBM for all of Your Document Security and Printing Needs

vq6malndShredding at the source – the essential security measure

The F.B.I. estimates that U.S. businesses lose tens of billions of dollars every year due to theft of company data. All the electronic security measures in the world are useless if you’re throwing out confidential hard copies and disks by the truckload.

Putting your trust in an outside shredding service to dispose of confidential data for you is not the answer. By outsourcing your company’s document disposal, you effectively relinquish control of the program.

In addition, the costs associated with shredding services are at astronomical levels and are not going to decrease. The surest and most economical way to protect your company from data or identity theft is to shred sensitive documents in-house, at the source–in the hardened steel cutting shafts of a Destroyit® paper shredder. View a complete line of Destroyit shredders, click here.

For more information about how to select a shredder, Read More…

jo51bx0iMBM Finishing Products are Designed to Meet the Toughest Standards – Yours

Manufactured in Germany by MBM’s parent company, IDEAL Krug & Priester, Triumph® paper cutters and Kutrimmer® trimmers are the industry benchmarks for precision engineering and safety features.

Krug & Priester is the leading manufacturer of small format paper cutters in the world and has set the standards in this segment of the cutter industry for over 50 years. MBM folders, collators, and bookletmaking systems provide today’s commercial, in-plant, and on-demand operations with the most advanced finishing solutions available. Cutting edge technology such as microprocessor based controls, digital displays, and sophisticated automated programs ensure the highest levels of performance.View MBM’s finishing products now!

MBM’s Folder/Creaser Line Features Machines for Corporate Applications and High Volume Bindery Operations

MBM tabletop folders offer the perfect combination of speed, precision, and ease of use, making them ideally suited for small offices, schools, and corporate environments. Automatic programmable models store fold programs in memory and can be set up to run at the touch of a button. Creasematic creasers allow documents printed on heavy or coated stock to be creased prior to folding, creating a crisper, more accurate fold with no cracking. View MBM’s finishing products now!

BAUM 714XA Tabletop Folder

BAUM 714XA Tabletop Folder

714XAparup'10smBAUM continues to be the world market leader in tabletop folding machines with the 714XA AutoFold, automated, air-vacuum feed, tabletop folder. The completely new 714XA AutoFold has several new key features not found on most other machines in its class that include: Capability to feed and fold 25.5 inch long paper for tri-folding brochures etc., Multiple job memory of 20 custom entry folds with easy recall, PLC touch screen control panel with color display and easy to follow pictographs, Batch counter that can count up or count down, BAUM Turbo Wheel air/vacuum feeding technology, Static reduction devices built into the folder, Non-marking, flip deflector fold plate technology, Independent speed control, motorized delivery stacker, Can have BAUM 714XLT and Flexifold 2nd station right angle folder added, And more! The 714XA AutoFold has the same rugged design and reliability found in the BAUM 714XLT manual setup folders.

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Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

3 Secrets to Binding Large Documents with Plastic Coil

large-coil-bindingFor years people have attempted to come up with a better solution to binding large-sized documents using plastic coil. Here are just a few that you have likely tried:

  • Jogging books into oval-shaped channels
  • Inserters with rollers that have “gap space” adjustments
  • 4:1 oval punching dies (oval dies can help)
  • Inserters that use mandrel drive systems, allowing you to split the book in half
  • Inserters with larger, more powerful rollers

All these are valiant attempts to solve the problem of large-format plastic coil binding. But most of the time for a document that is 40 millimeters thick, inserting the coil by hand is the only way that really works.

Secret #1: Use 3:1 pitch plastic coil.

The most common punching pattern for coil binding is 4:1 pitch. If you are binding a standard letter size document, you have 44 holes punched on an 11” binding edge. This translates to 44 loops of coil that needs to get inserted into the document. Unfortunately, all these holes create friction, which restricts the coil and causes it to jam. This problem only gets worse as the book gets thicker because there is that much more friction.

3-1 pitch oval dies samplesIf you punch that same document using a 3:1 pitch die, you have only 33 holes punched on an 11” binding edge. Because you have fewer holes, you have reduced the friction. Additionally, because the coil is spaced wider apart, 3:1 pitch plastic coil can be manufactured with thicker filament. This makes the plastic coil more rigid and easier to insert.

Secret #2: Use an oval punching pattern (3:1 pitch, of course).

3-1 pitch oval punching diesWhen working with 3:1 pitch plastic coil, it is recommended to use an oval punching die (6.5 mm x 5.5 mm). The key to this is using an oval hole die, trying to utilize a 3:1 pitch Wire-O round die doesn’t work well with these large books. When a thick book is being bound, the book will curve to follow the curve of the coil. As this happens, the punch hole “opening” is reduced. The expanded height of the 6.5 mm x 5.5 mm oval hole provides sufficient space to keep this “opening” as free and clear as possible, so that the coil can wind its way through the punch holes unobstructed.

Secret #3: Use the right tools (Here are a couple that work for us).

An old Chinese expression from an ancient text called the Analects of Confucius states “One must have a good tool in order to do a good job.” This is so true! We know that using 3:1 pitch coil and punching dies makes large document coil binding easier than using 4:1 pitch. There are also some special tools that will also make a big difference in the inserting process.

coil-binding-sleevesSlantis Coil Binding Sleeves: These are designed to securely hold the document while providing for the curved binding spine that conforms to the radius curve of the plastic coil binding element. This makes coil insertion much easier, especially on larger-sized books.

EZ Flex 100 Coil Inserter: This plastic coil inserter has been designed for use with the Slantis Coil Binding Sleeves for fast coil insertion on all plastic coil binding sizes, especially large coil documents. Unique in how the book stands upright in the slantis sleeves, these sleeves maintain the curve of the spine and the angle of the holes to match the coil. It has adjustable roller positions for high performance and easier coil insertion.

James Cash Penney, founder of the famous North American chain of department stores (JCP, also known as JC Penney), once wrote: “The keystone of successful business is cooperation. Friction retards progress.” The same concept is true with successful coil binding. By having supplies and tools that cooperate and retard friction, plastic coil binding for large documents can be done quickly and easily. Save time, money and aggravation while increasing profitability by making a small investment in new punching dies and binding tools for large-format plastic coil binding jobs.

More to articles and videos to come soon on Large Format Plastic Coil Binding!

Credits: This article was contributed by Spiral James Burn’s Product Manager, Joe Bondonna.  Joe has over 25 years experience in the post-print finishing industry and loves to help customers find the perfect fit their finishing needs.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

Low Volume Bookletmaker

Low Volume Bookletmaker

M2 BookletmakerThe Standard M2 Bookletmaker is a compact, manually fed machine that is perfect for short run environments like churches, schools, on-demand print shops or in-plants.
The M2 let’s you make booklets from paper ranging in size from 5.5″ x 8.5″ to 11″ x 17″. Booklets can be up to 15 sheets of 20-lb. paper stock. Changing from one size stock to another is extremely easy and can be done in less than a minute. The M2 can handle regular staples (up to 5 in a booklet) or loop staples (eliminating the need for 3-hole punching) and, if used without a staple head, can fold up to 20 sheets in half, creating an ad hoc folder for multi-page bulletins, newsletters, or catalogs.
Features at a glance:
  • Compact, manually fed bookletmaker
  • Perfect for short run environments
  • Booklets from 5.5″ x 8.5″ to 11″ x 17″
Easy Operation
The M2 control panel is simple to understand and operate. Stapling and folding a document exactly on center with a single push of a button is incredibly easy, every time.
Precision Engineering
The superior design of the M2 lets the operator produce big machine results in a desktop design. The precision design of the heavy-duty stapler heads will provide many years of trouble-free bookletmaking.
Easy Two-Step Operation
To finish any document, the operator simply inserts the stock and presses a button – it’s that easy! The M2 produces booklets with standard or loop staples, and can fold pamphlets without stapling.
Unique Staple Head Positioning
A unique lever – lock system allows for quick relocation of the staple heads for various booklet sizes, and require no tools.
Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

The Ideal Desktop Binding System

The Ideal Desktop Binding System The AccuBindPro2 is the ideal desktop binding system for creating professionally bound documents. The AccuBindPro2 binds each book with a true linen finish thermal adhesive tape that hold up to repeated openings and closings without cracking or pulling apart. The attractive linen finish of the binding strips come in 11 exciting colors and in sizes to bind from 5 to 325 sheets that eliminate the need for punching and re-assembling of books.

The AccuBindPro2 is great for all types of binding applications, including sales and marketing publications, annual reports, proposals, manuals, presentations, and more. With its push button simplicity and superior linen textured binding strip, the AccuBindPro2creates an exceptional bind every time.

Professional Strength and Appearance

The AccuBindPro2‘s binding strips provide an outstanding bind that enhances a document’s professional appearance, effectiveness, and value.

Creative Binding

Virtually any covers you create or purchase can easily be used to customize your documents. There are 11 AccuBindPro2 strip color choices.

Simple, Fast Operation

The simplicity of the AccuBindPro2 makes it easy for anyone to become proficient with minimal training. The AccuBindPro2 will save you time and money when compared to mechanical punch binding methods.

For additional product information, visit or contact our sales department today at 1-800-343-4231.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507

FREE Product Video from Standard

New Equipment at Standard

FREE Product Video from Standard

We are pleased to share some information on our latest products and invite you to view a product video now. We’d be happy to assist you in evaluating new solutions for your bindery and would like to arrange a visit with you soon. Please call Mid-State Litho at 800-343-4231 with any immediate needs.

Request your FREE DVD or view a Product Video now!


Standard's BQ 470 HT 80

Perfect Binding & In-line 3-knife Trimming
Easily handles trimming of variable thickness books, one after another, for true on-demand book production.
StitchLiner HO Flores_225
Standard Horizon StitchLiner + HOF
Saddlestitching for Digital Output
The HOF-20 allows you to feed pre-collated digitally-imaged sheets into the StitchLiner for complete booklet processing in one step!

AF_566T4F_PerfectFolderStandard Horizon AF-566T4F
Fully Automated Buckle-Buckle Folding

New 6+4-buckle modular concept allows for simple to complex fold patterns. Short make-ready with fully automated set-up, including roller gap adjustment. User-friendly design and large color touch-screen. View a Product Video Now > >


BQ160_225Standard Horizon BQ-160
Affordable PUR Perfect Binding

With single-person operation, the BQ-160 with PUR capability can bind at speeds up to 180 cycles per hour with books up to 1.57″ thick. Ideal for personalized photo book production! View a Product Video Now > >

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BQ-270V for Variable Binding

BQ-270V for Variable Binding The BQ-270V single-clamp binder offers high-quality production perfect binding with fully automated operation, push-button simplicity, and on-demand production of variable thickness books. The binder includes an automated, sensor-activated digital caliper system which consistently measures book block thickness and automatically transfers this data to the binder for quick, automated set-up with no cycle lag time for books of different thicknesses. Designed to meet the needs of the short-run, print-on-demand book market, the BQ-270V also features single-person production of up to 500 books per hour, automatic air-suction cover feeding with in-line scoring, a large 10.4″ intelligent color touch-screen, job programming, and a compact configuration.

User-Friendly and Highly Accurate Binder

Horizon’s expertise in binding and advanced automation combine to allow even low-skilled operators to produce professional quality books. User-friendly operation and precision automation achieve short set-ups with little or no make-ready.

Quick Setup

All setups can be done instantly by simply inputting book block and cover information into the 10.4″ color touchscreen. A changeover from A4 to A5 size book can be completed in 10 seconds.

High-Speed Binding

Strong, rigid nipping and cover scoring stations are comparable to larger industrial book binders, for strong, accurate binding.

Variable Binding Compatibility

BQ-270V-Book-Thickness-CaliperBook thickness caliper is provided as standard equipment. As one book is cycling, a subsequent book of different thickness can be measured, the data will be transferred, and the binding will begin the changeover.

This allows true on demand production, where every book can be a different thickness. The BQ-270V provides greater production efficiency for variable binding with 30% less cycle time* than conventional models.

Manage Your Bindery with pXnet

The optional pXnet bindery control system makes job scheduling and tracking for the BQ-270V super efficient, or accept JDF setup data from an upstream workflow.

*Cycle speed depends on the book block feeding time and the book block thickness.

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507