The “Book on Demand” by Meccanotecnica
The Book on Demand is the answer for those publishers and authors interested in producing “on demand” short runs of a “content” starting from its digital format.
Printing becomes a highly customized process and the author freely decides the technical requirements of the publication, without giving up the finishing quality within a short delivery time.
Since 1998 Meccanotecnica met this need and at that time launched the KRISTEC book sewing machine which collates, folds and sews single sheets coming from a sheet fed digital press.
Furthermore, the LEGOR-ASTER system which was launched by Meccanotecnica in 2000 produces book blocks while working in line with a web press; the machine takes the signatures just after the folding unit, squeezes and thread sews them.
Today, Meccanotecnica has developed the UNIVERSE DIGITALINE series, i.e. a new, more complete range of machines which produce a completely finished book starting from digitally printed single sheets, through four steps as thread sewing, pressing & endpapering, binding and trimming.
Customers have the option to buy the entire line or individual machines as the “UNIVERSE SEWING” or the “UNIVERSE BINDING” in their stand-alone configuration.
The UNIVERSE DIGITALINE series is the optimal solution not only for publishing products as yearbooks, photo albums, event commemoration books etc but also for short runs as minor author novels, catalogues and single encyclopedia volume reprints.
The book finishing line UNIVERSE DIGITALINE has four in-line units that finish a book starting from single sheets coming from digital printing.
The four units can be present singularly or in any combination allowing for maximum flexibility.
Just to give an example, the pressing, end papering & back gluing unit UNIVERSE INLINE can be placed immediately downstream from the UNIVERSE SEWING book sewer.
The sewing machine has the unique advantage to be modular, which means manufactured based on customer requirements.
The thread sewing unit comes from the famous Aster technology.
The originality of this machine lies in the simultaneous feeding of single sheets (which are previously folded and collated together to make a signature) and “offset” signatures that are directly fed onto the transport saddle.
Signatures can be manually fed on the saddle as well.
This combined feeding allows the mixing of standard contents with other personalized up to producing books all different each other.
A sheet sequence control system based on bar code reader surveys the operation and allows the machine autoprogramming, which gives a significant time saving and error free operation.
This unit works in line with the UNIVERSE SEWING from which it takes the book blocks and features a pressing station for both the book spine and the entire book block followed by an endpapering station.
For the last step the machine features the back gluing/lining stations; in case of soft cover binding, the UNIVERSE INLINE features a soft cover feeder and a hot melt back gluing station; in case of book to be further cased in, a lining station is fitted on the unit.
This six clamp perfect binding unit has been designed for high production rate and can be fed either in line from the UNIVERSE SEWING or manually with single sheet/signature piles.
The UNIVERSE BINDING looks like “oval” shaped standard binders and automatically adjusts in a very short time in case of similar jobs.
The machine optionally features a two motor milling station and hot melt or PUR back gluing station working through the same injection device.
Depending on finishing solution, feeding of soft covers or lining takes place in the last station of this unit.
This machine ends the book finishing within the UNIVERSE DIGITALINE through the standard, single pass three- knife trimming technology. The machine is straight fed for in line operation and features a high range of cutting tables together with a toolless changeover and extremely short preparation time.