The large number of visitors at the Muller Martini stand on the opening day of the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne shows that we are hitting the bull's eye with the new endsheet feeder/Vareo/InfiniTrim solution for the industrial processing of hardcover book blocks in runs of one, which was presented to the public for the first time.
"Great stuff – do you also offer that for hardcover?" It has been almost three years now, but I still have the question in my ears as if it had only been yesterday. It was often put to me several times a day at drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf. There we caused a stir at our stand because we presented the dream team, which revolutionized softcover production in ultra-short runs – the Vareo
as the world's first perfect binder in which each of the three pliers is equipped with its own servo motor and driven individually, and the InfiniTrim
three-knife trimmer with its revolutionary drive, transport and trim concept.
"Do you also offer this for hardcover?" - "But of course: Come to Lucerne and marvel at the latest innovation from Muller Martini at our stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays," I can answer the developers in our company today with a sense of pride. The "unbeatable duo" has become an "unbeatable trio" – and the softcover range has also been magically extended to hardcover.
Well, it's not as if it's not already possible to produce hardcover jobs in runs of one today. The crux in terms of quality is the gluing of the continuous endsheet to the front and back of the contents. Up to now, hardcover book-of-one productions often involved a lot of manual work due to the different production steps. However, the new Muller Martini solution means that the entire hardcover book block process is fully automated. The finished book blocks can be completed directly from the InfiniTrim in the Diamant MC bookline from Muller Martini or in the BF 513 and BF 530 booklines from Kolbus to produce hardcover books with round or straight spines.
Highly automated endsheet feeders are today only used in the high-performance classes. With our world premiere, however, we are enabling the inline production of book blocks with endsheets and liners in top quality in ultra-short runs as well. The Vareo thereby displays another exclusive strength. This new machine configuration, which was developed in line with Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 philosophy, provides bookbinders with the major advantage of being able to produce ultra-short runs of as little as one copy per job much more economically, not only in softcover but in hardcover as well.