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Importance of Humidity Control in a Bindery

Woman reading a book by the window.
Posted 04/05/2019 by Gregg Howard, Technical Manager, Graphic Arts

Discover the different ways humidity levels in warmer and colder months can impact bindery processes.

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Adhesives 101: The Basic Composition of Hot Melts

Spine of a book bound by hot melt adhesives.
Posted 11/06/2018 by Gregg Howard, Technical Manager – Graphic Arts

Hot melt adhesives have been used in binderies and direct mail houses for years. A variety of hot melts are available in the marketplace, and product selection is highly dependent on intended end-use, manufacturing processes, and application equipment. Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and ethylene-vinyl acetate adhesives (EVAs) are the two hot melt chemistries most commonly used in Graphic Arts. Although they differ in physical properties and performance characteristics, the composition of th...

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How Quickly Can I Test Freshly Bound Books?

Testing Bookbinding Adhesive
Posted 04/04/2018 by Gregg Howard, Technical Manager – Graphic Arts

A question that comes up frequently in discussions with line operators and other technical personnel at binderies is: “How long should we wait before checking page pulls and flexes on freshly bound books?” The answer is highly dependent on the type of bookbinding adhesive being used in the process. Typically, in perfect binding, either an EVA-based hot melt adhesive or polyurethane reactive (PUR) adhesive is used as the main bookbinding adhesive on the back of a book. Because the ch...

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Side Glue and Hot Melt Adhesive for Book Binding

Little boy sitting with stacks of books with one over his head.
Posted 05/18/2017 by Gregg Howard, Technical Manager II

Book Binding Adhesive: the ins and outs of side gluing Side gluing is an important, yet often overlooked, book binding glue application. Simply speaking, it refers to the application of a thin bead of hot melt adhesive to bind the cover insides to the first and last pages, or end sheets of a book. Although side gluing is a much smaller volume application than spine gluing, it is important for two main reasons — it forms a hinge on the cover that takes pressure off the spine when the book i...

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Printing in India – An Ancient New World

Woman in a library representing adhesives for the bookbinding industry.
Posted 01/24/2017 by Harsh Gupta, Regional GM. India, Middle East and Egypt

An Industry with Over Four Centuries of History 16th Century: Printing arrived in India with the Missionaries. In fact, it was an accident that brought the first printing press to the shores of India, but it remained by design to facilitate missionary work in Goa.  18th Century: India took a big step in the graphic arts world. Tranquebar, a Danish colony in Tamil Nadu, now known as Tharangambadi, became the first city in India to boast a printing “factory”. It hosted a printing ...

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