Are you familiar to what a paperback or softback book is? This is a book that consists of several pages that are glued to a cover, resulting in a bound book. While this description may sound simple, the process really isn’t that complicated. The process of binding paperback books is known as perfect binding. I would like to review one of the best semi-auto perfect binding machines on the market, the Duplo DB-280 (found here).
Perfect binding is extremely popular for binding paperback books, for padding paper and much more. You will find books, manuals, guides and even some magazines bound using perfect binding. The process usually involves some sort of hot glue that is rolled onto the flat edge of several sheets of paper after which the sheets are moved onto some sort of cover that is wrapped around the paper and crimped on. Once the glue is dry, the book is done.
The Duplo DB-280 is a perfect binding machine right down to its core. It is what I would consider to be a semi-automated machine. While it does apply glue and crimp the cover onto the booklet, you do have to manually insert the paper. The DB-280 is the first in a line of several heavy-duty perfect binding machines offered by Duplo. Other larger machines include the KB-4000 PUR, DPB-500 PUR and DPB-500.
The DB-280 is designed to be very easy to use and operate, taking just a few minutes to set the thickness of the glue and to make a few additional adjustments. It is rated at producing up to about 200 books per hour, making it a great machine for on-demand applications or for short-run use. It can be used to perfect bind books, but can also be used to simply apply glue to a stack of paper for padding purposes. It can also be used to apply tape to a spine for a unique look.
Here is a video of the Duplo DB-280 perfect binding machine in use:
One of the biggest complaints of perfect binding machines is the odor. The DB-280 uses a unique glue formula that dramatically cuts down on smell, making it a great option for indoor use. This is a huge advantage over many cheaper machines out there that churn out loads of odor and smoke.
One thing I am impressed with about this machine is the quality. The DB-280 really does produce books that are completely professional and look equally as good as anything you’ll find on some of the larger floor machines. This machine does a great job of applying a smooth even layer of glue over the paper’s edge and you don’t need to worry about excess glue or mess squeezing or spilling out over the edges during the perfect binding process.
There are a few additional tools I recommend you consider using when perfect binding. The two additional tools I recommend include paper joggers and stack paper cutters. Here’s why I recommend using them:
- Paper Joggers (found here) – When paper comes off a printing press or a copy machine, the paper is often off skews or jumbled around a bit. Paper joggers are used to square up the edges of paper by vibrating them together. Whenever we use a perfect binding machine out on our showroom floor, we almost always jog the paper prior to running them through the machine.
- Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – If you’re worried about the edges of your book not being perfectly smooth (which is common), you may want to use a stack paper cutter. These cutters can handle hundreds of sheets of paper at a time and are commonly used to square up the three non-bound edges of the book.
The DB-280 is a robust machine and you may have additional questions prior to making a purchase. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We accept credit cards, checks, purchase orders and you can even lease this machine. Our Service Department is able to provide additional parts, supplies and service as needed.